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Originally completed in 1892, and expanded in 1933, the historic Conrad B. Duberstein US Bankruptcy Courthouse prominently anchors the southeast corner of Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn. The Courthouse houses space for several government agencies, including postal services, US Bankruptcy Court, the US Trustee, and the Offices of the US Attorney. This renovation reimagines the workplace environment for each agency and bridges the historic elements of the building with contemporary state-of-the-art office needs for future flexibility.

Originally completed in 1892, and expanded in 1933, the historic Conrad B. Duberstein US Bankruptcy Courthouse prominently anchors the southeast corner of Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn. The Courthouse houses space for several government agencies, including postal services, US Bankruptcy Court, the US Trustee, and the Offices of the US Attorney. This renovation reimagines the workplace environment for each agency and bridges the historic elements of the building with contemporary state-of-the-art office needs for future flexibility.

Project Phasing

The phased project entails the design and build-out of office space for the consolidation of the Bankruptcy and Probation areas. Phase two’s reactivation of the historic Johnson Street entrance will allow secure and separate entrances for probation staff and offenders entering the building.

Disruption to adjacent tenants was minimized through the use of  demountable partitions. This allowed the design team to  condense the construction schedule, minimize tenant disruption, and create customized office solutions.  The client’s schedule schedule demands were met while ensuring a high quality of design and construction finish.

The phased project entails the design and build-out of office space for the consolidation of the Bankruptcy and Probation areas. Phase two’s reactivation of the historic Johnson Street entrance will allow secure and separate entrances for probation staff and offenders entering the building.

Disruption to adjacent tenants was minimized through the use of  demountable partitions. This allowed the design team to  condense the construction schedule, minimize tenant disruption, and create customized office solutions.  The client’s schedule schedule demands were met while ensuring a high quality of design and construction finish.

The Bankruptcy program includes offices, training spaces, and storage. The Probation program includes a screening area, interview rooms, offices, tactical and interactive training areas, conference rooms, and a laboratory. The intervention was sensitive to original historical finishes and integrated subsequent alterations. It included a structural hardening study at the historic entrance. The design of the renovation bridges historic elements of the building with contemporary state-of-the-art office needs and aesthetics that are flexible for future growth and reconfiguration. The investment on integrated design such as energy efficiency and smart building technologies was key to the design philosophy.

The Bankruptcy program includes offices, training spaces, and storage. The Probation program includes a screening area, interview rooms, offices, tactical and interactive training areas, conference rooms, and a laboratory. The intervention was sensitive to original historical finishes and integrated subsequent alterations. It included a structural hardening study at the historic entrance. The design of the renovation bridges historic elements of the building with contemporary state-of-the-art office needs and aesthetics that are flexible for future growth and reconfiguration. The investment on integrated design such as energy efficiency and smart building technologies was key to the design philosophy.

Location
Brooklyn, NY
Area
70,000 sf
Completion
Phase 1: 2019
Phase 2: 2022 (estimated)
Clients
U.S. General Services Administration
Collaborators
Richard McElhiney Architects
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Location
Brooklyn, NY
Area
70,000 sf
Completion
Phase 1: 2019
Phase 2: 2022 (estimated)
Clients
U.S. General Services Administration
Collaborators
Richard McElhiney Architects
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