Urban Quotient

Resiliency Retrofits


UQ was selected to lead a team implementing resiliency measures for a collection of buildings in lower Manhattan that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. One of the buildings is the former Gouverneur Hospital at 621 Water Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rear Elevation

OCTOBER 14, 2015 3:15 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Facade Work Begins


With the building topped out, the facade work is now beginning at the exterior with framing and all plumbing, mechanical, and electrical trades going simultaneously on the interior. The masonry scaffolding is in place with exterior sheathing complete to the 4th Floor. We expect the brickwork to begin soon followed by the metal panels and the porcelain tile.


OCTOBER 14, 2015 3:15 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Superstructure


As the Summer continues on, our building in Harlem has been progressing at a rapid pace. The structure is currently up to the 10 Floor framing


We expect to top out the building with the final lift of floor plank in mid-August. The next major milestone after that is the facade which is scheduled to be completed before the Winter.

AUGUST 4, 2015 1:13 PM

2142 Amsterdam Facade Panel Installation


We’ve been anticipating the installation of these panels on the facade of our building in Washington Heights for a long time. This week, a sample installation was done to verify the connection details. With a few minor  adjustments, we expect the rest of the panels to be up shortly.


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MARCH 27, 2015 2:14 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Foundations


Excavation is complete and a portion of the foundation is in. Footings should be complete in early April and the project is scheduled to be out of the ground by the end of April.

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MARCH 27, 2015 2:14 PM

UQ in Affordable Housing News



The firm was cited for two of our projects in the Winter 2014 edition of Affordable Housing News (AHN) as part of a feature article on Alembic Community Development.


DECEMBER 9, 2014 2:14 PM

Harlem Dowling Breaks Ground



More than 90 people from City & State government, banks, investors, and community members joined the development team in celebrating the kick-off of construction on our Harlem Dowling project on November 19 at 127th Street & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd in Central Harlem. The ceremony comes after more than 4 years of our involvement on the project. Completion is expected in mid-2016.


HPD Commissioner Vicki Been speaks at the ceremony


NOVEMBER 20, 2014 4:16 PM

A construction update on 2142 Amsterdam was recently published on the blog YIMBY. The post quotes UQ principal Samir Shah in discussing the project’s design concept.




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We recently took a trip to the East Williamsburg IBZ to check in on the status of our facade panels being manufactured by Milgo Bufkin. All twenty-two full size stainless steel panels have been fabricated and are ready to be transported to the building site at 2142 Amsterdam and installed within the window openings on the front facade.


NOVEMBER 20, 2014 4:16 PM

Renderings and information about our Harlem Dowling project were published recently in both Curbed and YIMBY. Both sources wrote favorable reviews about the design and the overall project. See links below.






NOVEMBER 20, 2014 3:15 PM