Urban Quotient

UQ is Hiring

 

We are looking for new talent to join our firm and contribute to our growing list of new projects.

See our job posting for Intermediate Project Manager on Archinect

MAY 16, 2018 8:08 AM

UQ Selected for Bailey Farms Renovation

 

Urban Quotient was selected to renovate Bailey Farms, a conference retreat center in Westchester County. Currently owned by the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), the project calls for renovation of existing structures, reorientation of the landscape design, and a new event center on the 17 acre campus. UQ has teamed up with PFGA of White Plains for the multi-phase project which will begin with a master planning study and schematic design this Summer.

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MAY 16, 2018 8:08 AM

Skills Building, Astoria

 

HANAC, a well known Queens-based community development organization, has selected UQ to design a new mixed-use project in Astoria, Queens on the site of their Skills Building. Built in 1890 as the first police precinct building in Queens, the building is currently home to many of HANAC’s social service and community development programs. The new facility will look to preserve the old building if possible and build a new wing that will include a new community center, HANAC’s administrative office spaces, and rentable commercial space for Mt. Sinai Hospital.

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AUGUST 4, 2017 7:19 PM

UQ Tapped for NextGen NYCHA RFP

 

New York City’s Housing Department (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) recently put out a joint request for proposals to develop senior housing on underused NYCHA land in three locations across the city. UQ was chosen by affordable housing developers Omni NY as their architect for the Sumner Houses site in Brooklyn, NY. The team includes Local Office Landscape on the design side and Brooklyn Community Services as the non-profit service provider for the project’s community center and ancillary social service programs.

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JULY 27, 2017 3:15 PM

NYCHA Small Homes

 

We work on a pretty wide variety of projects here at all different scales which is challenging but keeps things interesting. However, we don’t normally take on the gut rehab of single family homes. A GC we know told us about the NYCHA Small Homes Program which is run by Neighborhood Restore, a non-profit organization. The basic outline is that the non-profit buys foreclosed homes from NYCHA’s portfolio, guts them and rehabs them to green building standards, then sells them at subsidized rates to eligible low and moderate income families. This reduces maintenance costs and increases capital for NYCHA, stabilizes neighborhoods, creates affordable homeownership opportunities, and improves the overall energy efficiency of the city’s existing housing stock. It’s a great idea and UQ has signed on as the architect for three homes this year. We hope to do more in the future.

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JULY 10, 2017 2:14 PM

East New York Development Study

 

Affordable housing developers Omni NY have engaged Urban Quotient to study development options for a large site they own in East New York. Borrowing from the NextGen NYCHA plan, Omni is looking at using underutilized land currently dedicated to parking to build new affordable units. The study includes analysis of various zoning scenarios, schematic site plans, and building schematics. The project would enter ULURP in 2018 with the goal of entering the 2019 funding pipeline.

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MAY 12, 2017 5:17 PM

UQ to Design New Childcare Center

 

Cypress Hills Childcare Corporation (CHCCC) selected Urban Quotient to design a new facility for early learning. The project will be a gut renovations and adaptive reuse of a former funeral home, converting it into a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood institution. The new facility will house CHCCC’s administrative offices as well as five playrooms, a teaching kitchen, a rooftop playground, and shared community spaces. The project is in design with construction expected to begin in 2019.

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MAY 1, 2017 1:13 PM

 Harlem Dowling Featured in AHN

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The Harlem Dowling project is featured in the latest issue of Affordable Housing News magazine.

OCTOBER 1, 2016 11:11 AM

Celebrating Park(ing) Day in Newark, NJ

 

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Occasionally, team members at UQ get involved with volunteer opportunities in their communities. Tyler is the chairperson of PLANewark and helped to design and build a parklet in Newark as part of his role in the organization. Park(ing) Day is “an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into…temporary public places.” PLANewark installed the parklet on Halsey Street in Newark, a vibrant and quickly transforming commercial corridor. PLANewark is calling attention to the fact that the primary use of the public street is for parking and vehicle travel when in reality most people experience the various shops and street life on foot. The group also hopes to generate debate about street improvements, such as vegetation and seating, which the city is lacking overall.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 11:11 AM

Bronx Tow Pound Community Workshops

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UQ has teamed up with Hester Street Collaborative to generate public discussion about our Bronx Tow Pound Swap Project. Local community members have attended two participatory visioning workshops to give their input on establishing project priorities and goals. The feedback from these workshops will drive the planning and design of this future development which will have a lasting positive impact on the Mott Haven community.

AUGUST 30, 2016 11:11 AM