Archive for February, 2013

Soundview Is Moving Along & Ahead Of Schedule

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Soundview is moving along with the east and north façade Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) and metal panels complete. The project is slated for completion in early May, 5 months ahead of schedule.

Brick Complete and Windows Installed at 880 Tinton Avenue, Bronx, NY

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

880 Tinton Avenue, a 4-story building in the Bronx for Odyssey House, is on schedule with masonry brick complete and windows installed.  Sixty-five studios and common spaces embrace the many programs that are part of the recovery and development process for the tenants.  Simple energy conservation features are planned for the building in order to continue Odyssey House’s aim to provide a sustainable, healthy environment for its staff and tenants.



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Shiloh Senior Housing, New Rochelle, NY on March 12th

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of Shiloh Senior Housing, New Rochelle, NY  is taking place Tuesday March 12th.  Shiloh Senior Housing is a collaboration between Westhab and Shiloh CDC to develop a 40-unit residence in New Rochelle, NY.  Funded by HUD, The City of New Rochelle, and HCR, the sustainable building is 45,000sf and 5-stories, designed in a Tudor style to reflect the surrounding neighborhood’s characteristics.

Federal Opportunities? Contact UAI.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013


Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, P.C. (UAI) is proud to announce that we have received a CAGE (Commercial And Government Entity) Code (6U3M8) which will allow us to pursue federal contract work.

Now, in addition to designing for federally-funded residences for seniors (Shiloh and Coretta Scott King projects) and veterans (Prospero Hall), UAI is pursuing contracts directly with the federal government. Presently, we team and sub-contract on Residential, Civic & Cultural, Historic Restoration and Commercial projects for New York and the tri-state area and anticipate doing so on federal projects.  We are seeking to create partnership opportunities on federal projects with other firms.

UAI offers a solid foundation for federal projects.  We have built our reputation on providing the best possible architectural design services to nonprofit organizations and the government agencies and private funders that support their work. Based on our committed relationship with our clients, the firm has successfully completed a wide range of projects.

UAI has great depth of experience in all facets of the field and remains informed of zoning, code and industry changes. We listen and respond to the specific challenges any particular site presents so that the solutions provided are unique to the project. All our work is performed from a sustainable perspective.  UAI is also an Empire State Development Minority Owned Business Enterprise and holds MBE status with many known organizations and entities.

Please contact us about federal contracting opportunities.

UAI Qualifies and Competes for a 250-Unit Affordable Housing Complex on behalf of CAMBA Housing Ventures: Camba Gardens Phase II

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


UAI recently qualified to compete in the design of a multifamily residential complex, re-imagining the site of a psychiatric facility on the Kings County Hospital campus in Flatbush, Brooklyn.  Working together with Liz Farrell, landscape architect, UAI envisioned CAMBA Gardens Phase II as 250 residential units and community spaces around a central open garden space; the focal point for the residences, with gently rolling topography and circulation pathways throughout.

Mindful of the negative connotations of the existing building, UAI’s envisioned space seeks to “Release the Spirits”; bringing new life to the site.

See more about CAMBA Gardens II here

Bright in Brownsville

Monday, February 11th, 2013

UAI recently completed a proposal for a new 9-story mixed-use building in Brownsville, Brooklyn, containing 90 units of senior housing, a geriatric clinic and a community-oriented recreational facility.

The project is being developed with several neighborhood-affiliated organizations, including the Borough Development Group, the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation, SKA Marin Real Estate Development and Consulting, the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, and the YMCA of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The building’s predominantly masonry facade respects the local context, while the two-story street facade employs bright colors and ample windows to provide a welcoming presence to the neighborhood.