Posted on April 28, 2006 by Susan Doban
Dozens of well-wishers enjoying panoramic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn joined the staff of Susan Doban Architect, PC to celebrate the opening of the firm’s newly renovated, 3,400 square foot office its architects designed in a former warehouse in downtown Brooklyn.
The reception, held Thursday, April 27, 2006, took place in the firm’s new office located on the north end of the ninth floor of the 300,000 square foot Howard Building, formerly the Howard Clothes Warehouse, at 25 Chapel Street.
“We have transformed a former “plain vanilla” office space into a loft-style space that celebrates the building’s majestic concrete columns and takes advantage of its unimpeded north, east, and west views of Manhattan Queens, and Brooklyn,” said Susan Doban, founder and principal of Susan Doban Architect, PC. “The design uses economical materials and assemblies for maximum design impact, and the plan juxtaposes the orthogonal geometry of the downtown Brooklyn grid with the angle of the building’s north façade which follows Flatbush Avenue.”
Ms. Doban said she searched for more than a year to find the appropriate setting for her growing architectural firm and was delighted to find a location in downtown Brooklyn yet next to major thoroughfares and public transportation, which will allow the firm to serve its Brooklyn clients, as well as key clients from other boroughs and elsewhere in the tri-state region.
Suzanne Schwimmer, president of Schwimmer Realty, LLC, served as the broker for the deal, and the landlord, 40 Flatbush Realty, was responsible for the construction.
In Brooklyn, Susan Doban Architect, PC has designed 45 residential units above the Fairway Supermarket on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and streetscapes for Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and for Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The firm also designed the offices of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in a 19th Century building that originally housed a major department store. In recognition of the design, the Chamber presented the firm with one of its Building Brooklyn Awards in 2004.
In the last two and a half years, Susan Doban Architect, PC has worked on more than 20 New York City School Construction Authority projects, about one-third in Brooklyn, that have ranged from a robotics lab to exterior modernizations.
In addition, the firm has designed a number of buildings for Monroe College’s New Rochelle campus including Harrison Hall, a 61,500 square foot dormitory on which construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007 that will feature 50 suites for 250 students and a cafeteria serving the entire campus. Also for Monroe College, the firm designed Allison Hall, a 200-student dormitory that opened in fall 2004, and Milavec Hall, an administration and classroom building that opened in 2003. Susan Doban Architect, PC has extended its vision for downtown New Rochelle to buildings on upper Main Street by developing standards for the commercial strip’s Business Improvement District and the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), and is working on five façade restoration projects on a model block on upper Main Street for the BID.
Posted on April 7, 2006 by Susan Doban
Susan Doban Architect, PC, has designed a six-story dormitory for Monroe College on Main Street in New Rochelle that will complement two adjacent buildings which the firm designed as part of its master plan for the college’s Westchester campus, Susan Doban, principal of Susan Doban Architect, PC, has announced.
Harrison Hall, the new 61,500 square foot dormitory, will feature 50 suites for 250 students and a cafeteria serving the entire campus. The project was recently approved by the Planning Board of New Rochelle and construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007.
Susan Doban Architect, PC, designed Allison Hall, a 200-student dormitory which opened in fall 2004, and Milavec Hall, the administration and classroom building that opened in 2003, in the first two phases of the master plan the firm created for the 1.5 acre site that Monroe College acquired on the commercial strip in downtown New Rochelle. The site for the future dormitory, Harrison Hall, consists of a parking lot and a small commercial building, which will be demolished to make way for the construction.
“The design ideas for Harrison Hall came from an understanding of the site and where it is on Main Street and a desire to project a strong image of the college in the community,” Ms. Doban said. “In addition, we wanted it to be a partner to Allison Hall.”
The Main Street frontage of Harrison Hall will incorporate the same signature blue spandrel glass that distinguished the tower element of Allison Hall, but in the new dorm the glass will be juxtaposed against a brick tower that will distinguish not only the building, but will identify the Monroe College campus itself.
“Like the other buildings we have designed for Monroe, the first floor of the new dormitory will be open, like a storefront, because we want the design to communicate with the pedestrians and drivers along Main Street and enliven the street,” Ms. Doban said.
“We are fortunate that Susan Doban Architect, PC, is part of our team at Monroe College,” said Marc Jerome, vice president of Monroe College. “The architectural firm has embraced our vision for the Westchester campus and each building it designs reflects that. These buildings demonstrate that Monroe College is committed to its students and remains committed to the New Rochelle community.”
Mr. Ralph DiBart, executive director of the Downtown New Rochelle Business Improvement District, which has been the driving force behind redevelopment along Main Street, explained, “Before the architectural firm began working for Monroe College about five years ago, lower Main Street consisted of an abandoned hardware store and parking lot, but in just a few years the entire character of lower Main Street has changed. Allison Hall now serves as a termination point for lower Main Street and the tower planned for Harrison Hall will mark Monroe College’s New Rochelle campus and will be visible from upper Main Street as well. Even more importantly, the projects have brought new life and activity to the street.”
In addition to the work for Monroe College, Susan Doban Architect, PC, has extended its vision for downtown New Rochelle to buildings on upper Main Street by developing standards for the commercial strip’s Business Improvement District and the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC). The firm is also working on five façade restoration projects on a model block on upper Main Street for the BID.
The Brooklyn-based architectural firm also is currently working on capital improvement projects in all five boroughs for the New York City School Construction Authority, ranging from a robotics lab to exterior modernizations. Other current projects include the design of 45 residential units above the Fairway Supermarket on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and a streetscape design for Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and for Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Past educational building design projects include the $20 million exterior modernization of five New York City public schools for the New York City DDC; the $3 million landscaped campus, quadrangle, and athletic fields for the new Kew Gardens, Queens, campus of Touro College; and the exterior modernizations for both the Freeport and Central Islip Union Free School Districts. The firm recently designed a the offices of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in a 19th Century building that originally housed a major department store. In recognition of the design, the Chamber presented the firm with one of its Building Brooklyn Awards in 2004.