Community Projects

Southold Free Library

CommunitySouthold, NY

  The Southold Free Library is an historic bank building that had previously been converted into a Library. The Library was in dire need of renovation and reorganization. VBA provided full services from programming to construction documents. The 49 seat Community Room was renovated with new projection screen and acoustic finishes. It will be used for movie screenings, performances, and…

Galvan Community Center

CommunityHudson NY

   The Galvan Community Center, located in Hudson, New York is VBA’s newest community project that is currently being designed.  Built as an armory in 1893, the existing building will be repurposed for the Hudson Area Library within the main drill shed space, and the former officer quarters will be converted to house the new Hudson Senior Center.  Additional spaces…

Fort Hamilton Library

CommunityBrooklyn, NY

The Fort Hamilton Branch Library was built in 1907, as a gift from Andrew Carnegie.  Since then the surrounding neighborhood and the Library have changed quite a bit.  During the 1960s, the Library was renovated, stripping the interior of almost all the historic fabric.  The surrounding neighborhood has also grown in size and diversity, with the Library acting as an…

Park Slope Library

CommunityBrooklyn, NY

The Park Slope Library is one of Brooklyn’s finest Carnegie Libraries. VBA created a Master Plan that could guide the Library through different phases of interior and exterior restoration. The first phase to be completed includes a new ADA entrance bridge, ADA elevator, and restoration of the exterior Moat wall.

Inwood House

CommunityNew York, NY

   VBA was asked to completely renovate the federally funded Inwood House: The Family Learning Center provides comprehensive residential care for pregnant foster teens and learning opportunities for the entire family.   The scope of work includes a complete restructuring of the buildings administration and on site programs.  The renovation also includes new building plumbing, HVAC, and ADA compliance.  A new…

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

CommunityBronx, NY

The Boys & Girls Club of America commissioned VBA to design a much needed new clubhouse in the Bronx. The Client obtained an abandoned 6-story building from the City of New York: the Hebrew Institute of University Heights, which once housed a synagogue and classrooms. The design intent was to develop cost efficient and durable spaces suitable for children of…

Williamsburg Library

CommunityBrooklyn, NY

The Wiliamsburg Library was the largest of its kind and the first “Carnegie” in Brooklyn at the time of its opening in 1903. This Award winning renovation & restoration project took aim at revitalizing the character of the original historic Library from what the previous renovation projects had altered. In addition, this renovation included new computer technology to fit its…

Brooklyn Library Plaza

CommunityBrooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Central Library is an Art Nouveau building located at Grand Army Plaza that opened in 1941. The Central Library is the major reference center for the Brooklyn Public Library’s 60-location system and contains over one million cataloged books, magazines, and multimedia materials. As such the Library required additional program and resource space. VBA was commissioned by NYC Department of…