The Educational Alliance

New York, New York

  • FIRM

    PBDW Architects

  • CLIENT

    The Educational Alliance

  • AREA

    104,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $51,500,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    11/2011

Associated firm: Robert Silman Associates, Rodkin Cardinale Engineers, Cerami & Associates Inc., Longman Lindsey, TM Technology Partners, One Lux Studio, Cini-Little International, Billie Cohen Ltd, IROS Elevator Design Services, Evensonbest LLC, RCDolner Construction, Design 2147 Limited, Construction Specifications Inc., Kallen & Lemelson Consulting Engineers, Pentagram ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$495.19FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommunity Centers/Joint-Use Areas Inc.

The Educational Alliance, a non-profit organization, has been serving the community of the Lower East Side for more than 120 years. The architect was hired in 2000 to study, re-imagine and transform the facilities into a visionary and innovative environment. The result is a fully renovated, environmentally friendly, multipurpose space that celebrates the diversity of its constituents and organizes the various program elements into a cohesive whole. Our holistic approach to the conceptual framework for this project reconciles its varying program elements by organizing them around a new circulation core. These program elements include: early childhood classrooms, a teen center and a senior center, seminar rooms for adult and teen programs, modern art studios and gallery spaces, administrative offices, a gymnasium, a light-filled fitness center and a rooftop playground. The jewel of the project, situated on the top floor, is a state-of-the-art glass-enclosed 3,100-square-foot multipurpose event space flanked by a roof terrace with stunning views of the city and park beyond. The resulting architecture clearly and concisely responds to the needs of the Educational Alliance and provides a welcoming place for people of all ages and backgrounds.