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By Linda G. Miller | web link

BRAC Brightens The Bronx

Construction has begun on the Sage and Coombe Architects-designed renovation of the Bronx River Art Center (BRAC), bordering the newly reclaimed Bronx River Greenway in the borough’s West Farms section. BRAC’s mission to foster arts education within a framework of environmental stewardship served as inspiration for the design. Upon completion in 2016, the 18,000-square-foot, four-story, 100-year-old former warehouse will be brought into compliance with current standards for life safety, egress, and accessibility. The design includes flexible and day-lighted classroom studios, a media lab, a pottery studio, and several multi-purpose classrooms. A public event space on the ground floor opens onto the garden and the Bronx River, providing the center with a visible presence and link to the community. In addition, the project features an accessible green roof, operable low-E glazing, and high albedo materials to minimize heat gain and increase energy efficiency. It is expected to achieve a LEED Silver certification. Supergraphics that wrap the façade, designed in collaboration with artist Tatfoo Tan,are applied with paint with perforated vinyl adhesive on the fenestration. The supergraphics allude to the historic advertising that used to be painted on buildings, and act as a cost-effective way to promote the activities taking place within. This project is part of the NYC Department of Design + Construction’s Design Excellence initiative. The project won a Merit Award for an Unbuilt Design in the 2011 AIANY Design Awards. The project also received a Design Award in 2010 from the Public Design Commission.

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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