DAVID GRIDER ARCHITECT

The Educational Alliance: Project ORE Interior Renovation
331 East 12th St. NY NY

Our interior renovation for the Educational Alliance’s Project ORE is now serving the older adult community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.


We enlarged and reconfigured spaces, installed interior glass to distribute natural light throughout, and specified colorful, robust finishes to create an open, warm, and inviting series of spaces in what had been a dim institutional setting.


In the words of Project ORE’s former Director Nancy Abramson "the relocation and transformation have had a major impact on our population and programming. Most notable is the light! Having so much natural light in here has been wonderful; people are more talkative and engaged – sometimes in arguments – but nevertheless, engaged!"


In addition to the new activity and group room, we provided new counseling rooms, workstations and offices for staff, restrooms, and a new pantry area for catered meals.



And as with all of our projects, we used Building Information Modeling to create images of the project as it developed and a coordinated set of drawings so that it could be built quickly, accurately and within budget – accomplishments we find as engaging as natural light.


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