East Harlem Community Center Reimagined for Senior and Youth Programs
New designs for the school’s classrooms, conference areas and breakout rooms have transformed cramped spaces into spacious, bright and modern learning zones. All furnished with new light wood tables and desks, as well as colorful chairs – and new electrical and mechanical systems – the facility is designed for community and staff engagement, comfort and productivity.
“Union Settlement is thrilled to see Washington Houses Community Center transformed into such an incredible space, and we are thrilled to welcome children, youth, adults and seniors back to this wonderful new space,” said David. Nocenti, executive director of Union Settlement. . “We are grateful to Andrew Franz Architect for the company’s innovative design which will provide an open and airy space that the East Harlem community can enjoy for years to come.”
At its grand opening, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer expressed her gratitude directly to architect Franz, saying, “It’s a beautifully designed space for young and old to grow, learn and grow.
With its new design, the Washington Houses Community Center supports the advancement of Union Settlement’s community service legacy, helping to promote a productive future through youth programs and ensuring older citizens a lasting quality of life. thanks to its center for the elderly.
Along with Andrew Franz Architect, the project team included contractor SPK | Lewis; mechanical, electrical and plumbing company Plus Group Consulting Engineers; cost estimator Ellana Inc., code consultant JMV Associates; and Design One Lighting Design. Other contributors included muralist Alice Mizrachi, installation artist Kristy McCarthy, and art consultant Angel Bellaran.