Ribbon-Cutting for New Community Health Center in the Bronx
A ribbon-cutting was held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to celebrate the opening of a new South Bronx headquarters for the Children’s Aid Society. Located at 910 East 172nd Street and Southern Boulevard, the new headquarters are housed in a four-story commercial building originally constructed in the 1970’s, which was purchased by Children’s Aid Society and has undergone both interior and exterior renovations. Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC was the core and shell architect for the project. The scope of their redesign included a new brick and tile exterior skin, and a new entry canopy, entry lobby and elevator core, as well as new mechanical systems.
The top two floors of the newly renovated building now house state-of-the-art comprehensive health and social services for children and adolescents for the Children’s Aid Society’s foster care programs in the South Bronx, expanding the agency’s capacity and creating ease of access for multiple services that were previously housed at separate sites.
MAP’s challenges were to upgrade and enliven both the exterior and interior public areas of an existing drab and deteriorated older building, creating a new public presence for the Children’s Aid Society at the East 172nd Street entrance. An existing and very active senior center at the first and second floors of the building had to continue operating throughout the construction phase. The redesign incorporates multi-color brickwork, exterior ceramic tile and a glass entry canopy as well as new window openings at the third and fourth floors. The first floor entry lobby is simply detailed with rustic wood paneling and porcelain tile floor, to create an inviting space that is also durable and easy to maintain.
MAP has been designing innovative community-based projects since 1986. Current projects include: several new housing and mixed-use developments throughout the boroughs of New York City, as well as developments in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey. Other current and past MAP clients include: CPC Resources, Volunteers of America, the Housing Collaborative, Inc., New Destiny Housing Corporation., Lutheran Social Services of New York, L+M Development Partners, Fifth Avenue Committee, and Westhab, Inc.