Actors' Equity Association - Los Angeles

Actors' Equity Association, Los Angeles, CA

Client Profile:

Founded in 1913, Actors' Equity Association (AEA) is the representative labor union for over 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. As an advocate for the talented individuals that bring the theatre industry to life, AEA negotiates wages, establishes fair working conditions, and provides a range of benefits including health insurance and pension plans.

Project Description:

The development of AEA’s new Western Regional Headquarters involved the renovation of a free standing, one story structure built in 1948. The 18,700 SF facility houses the region’s first audition center containing warm-up space with a range of amenities for members. A wood bow and truss ceiling system, striking in its design, creates large, open areas within the facility that benefit AEA staff. The design and construction allowed the creation of important acoustically separated spaces for auditions and preparation for member use. The building, which also houses a branch of the Actors Federal Credit Union, is a significant addition to the North Hollywood Arts District. In managing the project’s design and construction, Denham Wolf enacted a significant value engineering process in order to bring the building program in alignment with projected budget.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Actors’ Equity Association with project management and real estate consultant services. Key among these services were:

  • Guidance and alignment of budget and scope including ongoing management of the design and construction team
  • Selection of consultants including general contractor and other specialty consultants and vendors
  • Oversight of design and construction, including maintenance of budget and schedule
  • Coordination of program pertaining to subtenant renovation space
  • Consulting on lease with Actors Federal Credit Union

Architect: OKB Architecture

Status: Completed

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Actors' Equity Association - New York

Actors' Equity Association, New York, NY

Client Profile:

Founded in 1913, Actors' Equity Association (AEA) is the representative labor union for over 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. As an advocate for the talented individuals that bring the theatre industry to life, AEA negotiates wages, establishes fair working conditions, and provides a range of benefits including health insurance and pension plans.

Project Description:

Through a complex relationship with the current landlord and neighboring office building, AEA entered into an agreement in which they would relocate and reconfigure space they held within their current building in order to build a multi story retail level expansion in Times Square. In acting as consultant and project manager to AEA, Denham Wolf coordinated with multiple stakeholders to oversee all aspects of the design and renovation of the space. Through a series of phased work, three floors within the building were renovated to accommodate AEA’s executive office and administrative needs. In addition, the roof of the penthouse floor was removed and raised to expand AEA’s Audition Center, which, upon completion, now houses dedicated member areas, warm-up space, dressing rooms, and two audition studios.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Actors’ Equity Association with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Guidance and alignment of multiple stakeholders including the design and construction team, Landlord, and AEA stakeholders and staff.
  • Selection of consultants including architect, construction manager, and other specialty consultants and vendors.
  • Oversight of design and construction.
  • Coordination of project team, including architect, engineer, general contractor, construction manager, and others.

Architect: Kostow Greenwood Architects

Status: Completed

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Aging in America

Aging in America, Bronx, NY

Client Profile:

Founded in 1852, Aging in America provides an array of services to seniors including long term skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, Alzheimer and dementia care, home health services, social and medical model adult day health care and other senior community services in the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island.

Project Description:

Aging in America sought to extract value from an 89,000 SF building in the Bronx that was part of its larger portfolio of facilities. The property housed some of the organization’s own programs and as well as some unaffiliated programs which occupied leased space within the building. Various options such as a sale/leaseback or the sale or lease of portions of the building were analyzed and considered. Ultimately the property was marketed and sold to a nonprofit educational institution, with various programs being relocated.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Aging in America with real estate consulting and transaction services. Key among these services were: Re

    Transaction

  • Exploration of the market for the sale of the property as well as other options
  • Pricing, marketing the property for sale, and procuring the right buyer
  • Negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement (Property sold at 30% above appraised value)
  • Negotiation of a lease and relocation of client program

Status: Disposition Completed

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Amber II School Facility

Amber Charter School, Washington Heights, NYC

Client Profile:

Amber Charter School was founded in 2000 as the first Latino-led charter school in New York State, by the community-based Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP). The institution currently serves over 500 students, who participate in a core curriculum of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies that is augmented by visual arts, music, physical education, and technology enrichment programs.

Project Description:

In 2014, Amber Charter School initiated the process of opening a second facility to expand upon the impact of its first school in East Harlem. Identifying an appropriate site in Washington Heights proved challening, and Amber decided to temporarily occupy a 15,000 square foot space owned by the Catholic Archdiocese. Denham Wolf was engaged as owner’s representative for the renovation and partial build-out of this space. 

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Amber Charter School with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • The preparation and administration of an RFP for architectural services for the Amber II facility
  • Management of the bidding process for general contractors and other members of the project team
  • Financial due diligence on proposed costs for the renovation and partial build-out of the space
  • Oversight of the design and construction processes for the space’s renovation and build-out, including careful phasing, coordination of simultaneous design and construction work, and management and maintenance of the project budget

American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, NY

Roundabout Theatre Company

Client Profile:

With five stages on and off Broadway, Roundabout reaches over 700,000 theatergoers, students, educators and artists every year through its performances and educational initiatives. While continuing its original commitment to producing classic work, Roundabout’s mission has expanded to include the work of living playwrights and developing the classics of tomorrow.

Project Description:

This project involved the restoration and expansion of 30,000 SF of space in the historic Selwyn Theater.Two new floors were constructed above the existing theater, while a new wing was built adjacent to it.The scope of work also involved the construction of an entrance lobby within a new, ten story building.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the Roundabout Theatre Company with transaction and project management services. Key services among these were:

  • Review and negotiation of leases for the property
  • Oversight of design and construction, including the selection of consultants
  • Coordination of the project team, including architect, engineers, attorneys, construction manager, and others
  • Review and negotiation of construction contracts and other necessary documentation
  • Management and administration of public project funding (sources including NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council of the Arts, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York)
  • Management and administration of private financing
  • Coordination with City and State regarding oversight and reporting

Architect: Karlsberger Architecture, P.C.

Status: Completed

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Atlantic Foundation

Atlantic Foundation, Chelsea, NYC

Client Profile:

Founded in 2006, the Atlantic Foundation supports innovation in the arts, environment, and social justice. By holistically supporting organizations that advance the power of new technology, explore new ideas and expand global communication, The Atlantic Foundation envisions the creation of a fair and sustainable society. 

Project Description:

Shortly after its founding, the Atlantic Foundation purchased a one-story warehouse in Chelsea to serve as the home of Eyebeam, an internationally known art and technology center. The subsequent evolution of the neighborhood, including the opening of the High Line in 2009, led the client to engage Denham Wolf for a study of the property’s revenue-generating potential. Several scenarios were identified and assessed, including a redevelopment of the site with a development partner. Ultimately, the Atlantic Foundation determined that a disposition would be the most advantageous for the foundation and its programs. Denham Wolf served as the Atlantic Foundation’s broker in the sale, achieving a purchase price of nearly 60% above appraised value.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the Atlantic Foundation with development planning services and transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Led a strategic planning process to determine the feasibility and mission-alignment of an on-site redevelopment or a disposition and relocation
  • Determination of a range of the market value of the property, identification of potential buyers, and subsequent implementation of a property-specific marketing strategy
  • Liaison for all negotiations between Client and Buyer
  • Sale of the property
  • Simultaneous site selection and lease negotiation for swing space for the Client’s tenant and grantee, Eyebeam
Atlantic Foundation

Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Company, Chelsea, New York, NY

Stage II

Client Profile:

The Atlantic Theater Company (ATC) is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully, utilizing an artistic ensemble. Established in 1985 by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the theater was founded on the belief that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process.

Project Description:

The Atlantic Theater Company leased a new 25,000 SF space for its second stage, acting school and administrative offices. The new space houses a 99- seat, state-of-the-art black box theater with direct street access, lobby with gallery, nine rehearsal and classroom studios, a scene shop, street level box office, dressing rooms, student/faculty lounges and administrative and artist offices.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the Atlantic Theater Company with transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Serving as broker to secure interim office space for organization's headquarters
  • Negotiation of lease terms and condominium documents with developer and landlord
  • Selection and coordination of project team
  • Oversight of design and construction
  • Management and administration of project funding (sources include NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, September 11th Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, and private funds)

Architect: Coburn Architects, LLC

Status: Completed

Baryshnikov Arts Center - Jerome Robbins Theater

Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY

Client Profile:

The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) was established in 2005 to serve as a creative laboratory and performance space for a vibrant community of artists. As an expression of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s vision,BAC is dedicated to nurturing the culture of dance by presenting contemporary work at low or no cost to audiences.

 

Project Description:

Baryshnikov Arts Center acquired an existing theater within its building for the creation of the Jerome Robbins Theater. The project entailed a major renovation to reconfigure the theater into a top-quality, 240-seat performance space for multiple disciplines including theater, dance, music, and video. The completed theater provides improved sight lines, excellent acoustics, and extensive new theatrical rigging and equipment. Key aspects of the project include:

  • Sophisticated visual, sound, and design elements.
  • Improved sight lines for all seating.
  • LEED-Silver certification for sustainable design and construction.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Baryshnikov Arts Center with transaction and project management services. Key services among these were:

  • Negotiation of the purchase of the theater space from the building’s developer
  • Oversight of design and construction, including the identification and selection of consultants
  • Coordination of project team, including architect, theater consultant, engineers, attorneys, construction manager, and others
  • Administration of project funding, which was integral in meeting the requirements of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts, as well as private financing

Architect: WASA / Studio A

Status: Completed

BMS Dental

Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY

Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center

Client Profile:

In 1982, Brownsville Community Development Corporation established The Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center to serve the unique needs of Central Brooklyn residents. BMS provides and promotes integrative and high quality medical, dental, and social services to enable every individual and family in the communities it serves to achieve total health.

Project Description:

BMS undertook major renovations of its main facility at 592 Rockaway Avenue and the development of a new 2,200 SF dental clinic at the Genesis Homes facility in Brownsville. Combined, the projects will reinforce BMS’ mission to expand healthcare and healthcare education to the East and Central Brooklyn community.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided BMS with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Coordination with landlord
  • Coordination and selection of project team including architect, engineer, general contractor, construction manager, and other consultants
  • Oversight of design and construction including the management of project budget and schedules
  • Coordination of funding requirements and reports (financing provided by multiple Federal, State, City, and private funds)
  • Supporting BMS' efforts towards meeting the requirements of its funding sources including Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) grants and loans
  • Assistance with requisitions to funders, billing oversight and approvals, and contractual arrangements with the General Contractor and consultants to ensure that contracts met requirements for approval and reimbursements by funders

Architect: Gertler & Wente Architects

Status: Completed

BMS Dental

Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center

Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Brownsville, Brooklyn

Client Profile:

In 1982, Brownsville Community Development Corporation established The Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center to serve the unique needs of Central Brooklyn residents. BMS provides and promotes integrative and high quality medical, dental, and social services to enable every individual and family in the communities it serves to achieve total health.

Project Description:

When the economic decline of the late 2000s spurred a wave of hospital closings in the area, BMS undertook a major renovation of its main facility with the goal of increasing the capacity and the quality of its patient services. Physically, Denham Wolf oversaw the spatial reorganization of both clinical and support spaces, the expansion of the facility’s administrative suite, the renovation of the building exterior, and the renovation of the lobby. Financially, our team guided the development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of a phased project financing plan that optimized the use of funds from a variety of sources. In addition, Denham Wolf created and managed a very specifically phased construction plan that balanced project progress with BMS’s desire to remain open to patients throughout the course of the project.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided BMS Main with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Leading the client’s strategic planning process to determine the physical and financial feasibility of a capital project
  • Development of a phasing plan to optimize use of funds
  • Supporting the client in meeting the requirements of funding sources, including Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) loans, federal HRSA allocations, and various New York State funds
  • Oversight of design and construction processes, including architect selection, contractor bidding, and a carefully phased construction plan

Architect: Gertler & Wente Architects

Status: Completed

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, East Harlem, NYC

Client Profile:

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) promotes the diverse cultures of the African diaspora throughout the Americas. Through a range of exhibitions, performances, conferences, and artist residencies, CCCADI connects individuals to the sacred, aesthetic, and philosophical traditions of their root cultures and ultimately strives to build an equitable reality for the African diaspora community.

Project Description:

CCCADI was selected by the NYC Economic Development Corporation as a partner in redeveloping a former city firehouse into an interdisciplinary, interactive cultural center. Located in East Harlem on 125th Street, the firehouse is a City and National landmark. With Denham Wolf’s guidance, CCCADI is renovating the building to include a range of exhibition, performance, computing, meeting, and supportive administrative spaces. The adaptive reuse project is on track for LEED Silver certification.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided project management services to CCCADI. Key among these services are:

  • Leading the client’s strategic planning process to determine the physical and financial feasibility of a capital project
  • Developing a phasing plan to optimize use of funds
  • Negotiation of terms with City agencies to establish the roles and responsibilities during the construction process
  • Oversight of ULURP process for the disposition of a City-owned asset
  • Oversight of design and construction processes, including selection of design team and monitoring adherence to funding requirements

Architect: CSA Group

Center for Family Representation - Manhattan

Center for Family Representation, New York, NY

Client Profile:

The Center for Family Representation (CFR) provides families in crisis with free legal representation and social work services. By eliminating or reducing the time a child spends in the foster care system, CFR strives to eradicate the detrimental effects of foster care upon children and support strong, safe, and healthy families.

Project Description:

After working with CFR in two previous moves, Denham Wolf was again approached by the organization to negotiate a buy-out from a landlord who planned to convert the building into residential condominiums. After negotiating an agreement to release CFR from their existing commitment, Denham Wolf conducted a site search that facilitated the organization’s strategic relocation. In addition to achieving proximity to the New York County Family Court, the new 15,000 square foot office houses meeting rooms, administrative offices, and other amenities that better serve CFR and its beneficiaries. 

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided CFR with transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Strategic planning and relocation options analysis
  • Site selection within a focused geographic area surrounding the New York County Family Court
  • Buyout negotiation for existing space
  • Lease negotiation for new space
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Center for Family Representation - Queens

Center for Family Representation, Queens, NY

Client Profile:

The Center for Family Representation (CFR) provides families in crisis with free legal representation and social work services. By eliminating or reducing the time a child spends in the foster care system, CFR strives to eradicate the detrimental effects of foster care upon children and support strong, safe, and healthy families.

Project Description:

In addition to their services provided in Manhattan, CFR was awarded a second City contract in 2011 to provide legal representation and social work services for up to 500 families per year in the Queens Family Court. In 2012, CFR entered into a new 15 year lease occupying 13,000 SF of space in close proximity to the Queens Family Court, public transportation, and their population core. Given the tight constraint of professional office supply in this community, Denham Wolf approached a Landlord that was willing to fully cover the cost of converting retail space at an historic complex, into professional office space.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided CFR with transaction services. Key services among these were:

  • Site selection, lease negotiation, and landlord selection.

Status: Completed

Center for Family Representation - Queens

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side, NYC

Client Profile:

Through innovative interactive exhibitions and educational programs, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) emphasizes creativity in the arts and sciences, healthy lifestyle, and exploration of world cultures. CMOM engages the diverse ways that children learn and provides parents with tools to nurture the holistic development of their children. 

Project Description:

CMOM has embarked upon an expansion of their facilities, which will more than double the size of the institution and offer enhanced exhibition, education, programming, and event space. Recognizing the important role of real estate in implementing a new vision, CMOM engaged Denham Wolf to support multiple aspects of the organization’s planning and site selection efforts.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf is currently providing CMOM with transaction services. Key among these services are:

  • Defining preferred relocation and expansion scenarios and assessing the financial impact of each.
  • Identification of potential sites, including off-market sites and other creative relocation opportunities.
  • Coordinating the analysis of potential sites, including optimal spatial configurations for each, with project architect and relevant consultants.
  • Guidance of and ongoing collaboration with the museum’s internal Real Estate Advisory Committee.
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Community Healthcare Network - Queens

Community Healthcare Network, Jamaica, Queens

CHN Queens Health Center Redevelopment

Client Profile:

Community Healthcare Network (CHN) provides access to comprehensive healthcare services across New York City, with a specific commitment to serving low-income and uninsured New Yorkers. In addition to primary care, CHN offers mental health and social services, all while empowering patients to take control of their health.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf was hired to support CHN’s selection of a development partner for a site in the heart of Downtown Jamaica, Queens. CHN currently operates a 6,600 square foot federally qualified health center on the site. The future development will include over 100 units of affordable housing and a new 15,000 square foot facility for the health center, increasing CHN’s capacity to service the Jamaica community.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf is currently providing Community Healthcare Network with development services. Key among these services are:

  • Developing an opinion of value of CHN’s site
  • Producing multiple development scenarios and helping CHN analyze the physical, financial, and organizational impacts of each scenario
  • Developing a financial models that outline sources and uses, a development budget, operating expenses, and other considerations
  • Preparation and administration of an RFP to development partners
  • Negotiating project term sheets with the RFP finalists
Community Healthcare Network - Queens

Cooke School and Institute

Cooke School and Institute, East Harlem, NYC

Client Profile:

The Cooke School and Institute (Cooke) is a private, not-for-profit special education school that provides services and educational opportunities for students with a full spectrum of cognitive, development, and learning disabilities. Founded in 1987 through a grassroots parent-led movement, Cooke serves children and young adults between 5 and 21 years of age.

Project Description:

At the time that Denham Wolf was retained, Cooke operated its three educational programs—the Grammar School, the Academy, and SKILLs—out of three distinct facilities, all of which were leased. In addition, the organization’s administrative operations were housed in a different building in a separate neighborhood. After engaging in strategic planning process, Cooke hired Denham Wolf to explore a range of scenarios involving either a full or partial consolidation of their existing facilities. Subsequently, the firm helped the organization identify and acquire an 18,000 square foot off-market development site that will facilitate the co-location of the Cooke programs that serve students up to 18 years of age.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Cooke with development services. Key among these services were:

  • Coordinated the selection of consultants and engineers for all phases of planning and acquisition
  • Evaluated the client’s existing leases, occupancy costs, and program materials
  • Assessed and clarified parameters for prospective lease/acquisition
  • Surveyed existing facilities and developed preliminary space assessments for each facility
  • Identified and assessed future sites
  • Negotiated acquisition and development terms with prospective sellers and developers, ultimately securing 18,000 square feet for Cooke in East Harlem

Covenant House

Covenant House of New York, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Client Profile:

Covenant House is a vital source of support and advocacy for runaway and homeless youth, providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services. Through its multitude of services that include healthcare, education, and employment assistance, Covenant House strives to empower adolescents to escape the cycle of homelessness.

Project Description:

The roots of Covenant House’s 21 North American locations are in Manhattan, which remains home to the organization’s largest facility. Despite this history, Covenant House’s New York City shelter comprises three adjacent found spaces that do not reflect the high quality support that Covenant House provides to its youth. The organization initially engaged Denham Wolf to identify possible redevelopment options that addressed this disparity and advanced Covenant House’s long-term goals. The growing need for capital improvements favorably aligned with the rising property values in the newly defined Hudson Yards special district, and Denham Wolf supported Covenant House in creating an actionable plan that would employ the organization’s underused development rights. The team explored a range of deal structures to implement this plan, including a complex public-private partnership with the City of New York, and ultimately guided Covenant House in the selection of a top private developer through a highly competitive RFP process. A central component of the future mixed-use project is a new state-of-the-art facility for Covenant House.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf is providing Covenant House with development services and supporting project management services. Key among these services are:

  • Comprehensive development feasibility study
  • RFP preparation and administration, and related assembly of development team
  • Design coordination
  • The ongoing coordination of partnership agreements and other predevelopment activities
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CPC Queens Community Center

Chinese-American Planning Council, Flushing, Queens

Client Profile:

Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is a grassroots organization that responds to the diverse needs of the Chinese-American community. Offering a range of essential services including child care, youth programs, home care for senior citizens, and English language training, CPC is a vital resource for Chinese-Americans living in New York City.

Project Description:

CPC’s programs had proven very popular with the local population, driving the need for a larger facilities to accommodate growing patronage. When the Nan Shan Local Development Corporation, an affiliate of CPC, acquired an appropriate property, CPC implemented a plan to expand their program offerings on the site. Denham Wolf was engaged as project manager to support CPC in making the ten-story building a reality. Located in Flushing, CPC’s Queens Community Center includes a variety of program areas, many of which are designed specifically to respond to elderly members of the community. Key program components of the facility include food service, child care, and a variety of social services.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf is providing CPC and the Nan Shan Local Development Corporation with project management services. Key among these services are:

  • Oversight of design and construction, including coordination of the extensive project team
  • Management and administration of project funding from public institutions, including New York City capital funds and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as well as private financing

Architect: Charles Lauster Architect

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CPC Tribeca Early Childhood Center

Chinese-American Planning Council, Tribeca, NYC

Client Profile:

Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is a grassroots organization that responds to the diverse needs of the Chinese-American community. Offering a range of essential services including child care, youth programs, home care for senior citizens, and English language training, CPC is a vital resource for Chinese-Americans living in New York City.

Project Description:

CPC’s early childhood educational programming aims to facilitate children’s cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development in a nurturing and multicultural environment. The success of this programming led the organization to seek a complementary facility to its existing Chung Pak Day Care Center at 125 Walker Street. Denham Wolf assisted CPC in acquiring and occupying the nearby Tribeca Early Childhood Center, which comprises the first and second floors of a new residential development at One York Street.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided CPC with development services and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Negotiation of acquisition terms with developer, including provision of interim program space
  • Oversight of design and construction, including the identification and selection of consultants
  • Coordination of project team, including architect, engineers, and attorneys
  • Management and administration of project funding

Architect: TEN Arquitectos

Status: \

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Diane L. Max Health Center

Planned Parenthood of New York City, Long Island City, Queens

Client Profile:

Planned Parenthood supports the right of each individual to manage his or her reproductive health. By offering reproductive health care, advocating for public policies that protect patients’ rights, and providing education that allows individuals to make informed decisions about health, sex, and family planning, the organization promotes the wellbeing of both individuals and families.

Project Description:

When Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) was planning to open its first Article 28 healthcare center in Queens, Denham Wolf was engaged as project manager. A 14,000 square foot building in Long Island City was ultimately selected as the site for the new center. With Denham Wolf’s guidance, the existing light manufacturing building was expanded into a larger, healthcare regulation-compliant facility that could fully support PPNYC’s program requirements. In addition to prioritizing patient comfort and healing, the design incorporates several active design elements that promote wellbeing amongst staff and all visitors to the space.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided project management services to PPNYC. Key among these services were:

  • Leading the site assessment process to determine the physical and financial feasibility of prospective sites
  • Supporting the negotiation of the Landlord’s Work Letter
  • Oversight of the design and construction of the new facility, including contractor bidding, management of the project budget and schedule, and close coordination with Landlord’s team

Architect: Stephen Yablon Architecture

Diller-Quaile School of Music

Diller-Quaile School of Music, Upper East Side, NYC

Client Profile:

Founded in 1920 by pianists Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile, Diller-Quaile strives to awaken the innate musical talent in each individual. Today, Diller-Quaile is a thriving community music school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, offering instruction as well as ensemble and performance opportunities to students of all levels.

Project Description:

Pursuant to a strategic planning process supported by Denham Wolf, Diller-Quaile was able to confidently embark on the development of a new Music and Art Preschool. A newly acquired townhouse will eventually serve as a home for the program, which complements the existing nationally-recognized offerings of Diller-Quaile’s Early Childhood, Instrumental and Vocal, Adult, and Teacher Training departments.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Diller-Quaile with transaction services. Key services among these were:

  • Determination of how to best accommodate the school’s programs in its current location
  • Identification of select programs which could and would need to be relocated
  • Purchase of a townhouse for school expansion

Architect: Murphy, Burnham & Buttrick

Status: Acquisition Completed

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Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center

Community Healthcare Network, East New York, Brooklyn

Client Profile:

Community Healthcare Network (CHN) provides access to comprehensive healthcare services across New York City, with a specific commitment to serving low-income and uninsured New Yorkers. In addition to primary care, CHN offers mental health and social services, all while empowering patients to take control of their health.

Project Description:

CHN engaged Denham Wolf to support the much-needed expansion of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center, located in East New York. Currently, the 3,560 square foot health center includes only six exams rooms, significantly limiting patient visits. The expanded facility will more than double CHN’s patient capacity and will directly support the growth of CHN’s nutrition counseling, health education, and Health Home care coordination programs. 

Services Provided: Denham Wolf is currently providing Community Healthcare Network with project management services. Key among these services are:

  • Selection and oversight of key project team
  • Initial review of funding and financing agreements and ongoing support for related administration
  • Development and ongoing monitoring of a phased construction plan, including close coordination with multiple City agencies, in order to minimize disruption of patient services during renovations
  • Development and ongoing management of the project’s budget and schedule
Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center

Echoing Green

Echoing Green, Garment District, NYC

Client Profile:

For nearly 30 years, Echoing Green has worked on identifying and strengthening a global community of emerging leaders. By providing fellowships, seed funding, leadership initiatives, and related technical assistance, Echoing Green empowers emerging social entrepreneurs to enact meaningful change on society.

Project Description:

With growing programs and insufficient space to accommodate correlated staff growth, among other organizational changes, Echoing Green retained Denham Wolf to identify a new home for the organization. Requirements for the office included a range of multi-purpose assembly and support spaces, including large conference rooms, and the flexibility to install a bespoke wooden furniture system by Taylor and Miller. In addition to supporting updates to the organization’s strategic plan, Denham Wolf helped to clearly define the organization’s spatial needs and subsequently negotiated a 10-year lease for 10,000 square feet of space at 462 Seventh Avenue.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Echoing Green with transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Strategic planning and definition of organizationally, financially, and physically viable real estate options
  • Identification and analysis of potential sites
  • Lease negotiation
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First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Client Profile:

Developed in 19th-century New England, Christian Science comprises a specific set of beliefs that emphasizes the power of prayer and spirituality. The Church of Christ, Scientist was granted a formal charter in 1879 and currently has a range of affiliated institutions in historic buildings across 70 countries. First Church set down roots in Park Slope in 1931 and has since developed a thriving local community.

Project Description:

Increasingly unsustainable maintenance costs and substantial anticipated repairs eventually led the Church to explore creative disposition options that would allow for the congregation’s continued use of the facility and also support the Church’s long-term financial stability. Denham Wolf arranged for the sale of the building to the Berkeley Carroll School, a local private school, with terms that allowed for the continuation of the Church’s existing services and other key programming.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided First Church of Christ, Scientist with transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Leading a strategic planning process to determine the specific parameters for a sale and ideal characteristics of a buyer
  • Determination of a range of the market value of the property
  • Sourcing of an appropriate buyer for the property
  • Leading all negotiations between Client and Buyer
First Church of Christ, Scientist

Fourth Universalist Society

Fourth Universalist Society of New York, New York, NY

Client Profile:

Founded in 1838, the Fourth Universalist Society is a congregation whose liberal religious perspective welcomes people of all cultural, religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the church building was completed in 1898, modeled upon the medieval architecture of Magdalen College in Oxford, England.

Project Description:

This project involves strategic real estate planning and consulting for the ongoing use and revenue generation from 30,000 SF of space within this landmarked property.The space, adjacent to the church, will be utilized by a private school.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Fourth Universalist Society with transaction and real estate consulting services. Key among these services were:

  • Establishment of benchmarks in order to achieve long range planning goals
  • Provision of guidance for the Society’s internal process with respect to real estate
  • Marketing the available space to potential tenants
  • Negotiation of the lease with the selected tenant
  • Monitoring the tenant’s renovation process

Status: New Lease Execution Completed

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Freelancers Medical

Freelancers Union, New York, NY

Client Profile:

Freelancers Medical is built upon a patient-centered and holistic vision of healthcare. Through its highly personalized model of primary care and diverse range of wellness services such as nutrition counseling, yoga and acupuncture, Freelancer’s Medical strives to promote the health, wellbeing, and independence of New York’s freelance workers.

Project Description:

This project involved the identification, negotiation, design and construction of a 7,500 RSF space within a traditional office building for use as a medical, health and wellness center.The facility houses primary care medical office, a yoga studio, and community space.Denham Wolf worked with the client to meet its budget constraints and a tight deadline, bringing the project to fruition on time and on budget.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Freelancers Medical with transaction and project management services. Key services among these were:

  • Project schedule, capital and operating budgets
  • Site identification and selection
  • Financial analysis of identified and selected sites
  • Lease negotiation
  • Oversight of design and construction
  • Cost management and reporting
  • Coordination of the project team, including Tenant architect and engineer and Landlord’s construction team

Architect: Belmont Freeman Architects

Status: Completed

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Harlem Academy

Harlem Academy, Harlem, NYC

Client Profile:

Harlem Academy is an independent school that strives to prepare promising students for achievement at top secondary schools. Built upon the pillars of its merit-based admissions, strong family partnerships, and economic diversity, Harlem Academy instills in its students a sense of shared responsibility for the school and broader community.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf was engaged by Harlem Academy to identify new facilities or development sites because of the school’s rapidly rising application volume and a desire to grow the student body. While first retained to procure an appropriate space for the school, Denham Wolf’s scope of work expanded to include the management of the due diligence study during the site acquisition process. In 2014, Denham Wolf completed the acquisition of a 20,000 square foot off-market development parcel, providing the school with an unparalleled opportunity to build 45,000 square feet of new school facilities. The newly relocated campus will include science and art labs, performance space, a regulation-sized gymnasium, and outdoor play space.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Harlem Academy with transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Identification of creative, off-market opportunities
  • A due diligence study to assess the condition and feasibility of a potential development site
  • The acquisition of 20,000 square foot development parcel for the school’s new multi-phase 45,000 square foot facility
  • Serving as liaison for all negotiations between Client and Landowner

Status: Acquisition Completed

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Helen Keller International

Helen Keller International, Midtown East, NYC

Client Profile:

Co-founded in 1915 by the organization’s namesake, Helen Keller International (HKI) envisions a world where no one suffers from preventable or treatable blindness, low vision, disease, or malnutrition. Based in New York City, HKI operates over 120 programs that combat blindness and malnutrition across the United States, in 12 African countries, and in 8 countries in Asia-Pacific.

Project Description:

Faced with a forthcoming lease expiration, HKI engaged Denham Wolf to strategically assess its real estate options and secure a home for its headquarters. While remaining in the organization’s existing 11,500 square foot office was among the possibilities, space constraints and rising rents inspired a comprehensive site search. Ultimately, HKI selected One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza because of its proximity to Grand Central Terminal, a key commuting hub for staff, and the peer organizations already housed within the building. Starting in early 2018, HKI will begin operating from its new 13,000 square foot home.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided HKI with transaction services and supporting project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Robust space programming to determine physical workplace requirements and staff workstyle preferences
  • Strategic assessment of lease renewal and relocation options
  • Leading a site search within a tightly defined and highly competitive geographic region, including financial analyses on all finalist sites
  • Multiple lease negotiations on the client’s behalf
  • Negotiation of sub-lease terms
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Hong Ning II Mixed-Use Development

Chinese-American Planning Council, Lower East Side, NYC

Client Profile:

Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is a grassroots organization that responds to the diverse needs of the Chinese-American community. Offering a range of essential services including child care, youth programs, home care for senior citizens, and English language training, CPC is a vital resource for Chinese-Americans living in New York City.

Project Description:

CPC owns a large parcel in the Lower East Side, immediately southeast of the Seward Park Renewal Area. The parcel has been partly improved by a 155-unit senior housing facility, but it retains significant development potential. In addition, an adjacent landmarked synagogue provided additional potential, should an assemblage be successfully negotiated. CPC engaged Denham Wolf to explore options for further developing its site, with the goals of developing a new and expanded headquarters and creating a sustained source of income, specifically through a ground lease to a developer. Denham Wolf subsequently created and managed a highly competitive developer selection process for CPC, resulting in the selection of a top local developer as a project partner.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf is providing CPC with development services and supporting project management services. Key among these services are:

  • Selection of a pre-development architectural partner
  • Working with architect to develop a space program, zoning analysis, and conceptual design alternatives
  • Developing an opinion of value of CPC’s site
  • Developing multiple development scenarios and helping CPC analyze the physical, financial, and organizational impacts of each scenario
  • Developing financial models that outline sources and uses, a development budget, operating expenses, and other considerations for the project
  • Identifying potential sources of funding for the proposed development project
  • Preparation and administration of an RFP to an invited list of development partners
  • Negotiation of a 99-year ground lease and development agreement
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Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center

Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, The Rockaways, Queens

Client Profile:

Founded in 1987, the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center provides affordable health services to Queens’ underserved residents through a patient-focused approach to preventive and comprehensive health care. 

Project Description:

First engaged by Addabbo in 2001, Denham Wolf initially served as real estate consultant and owner’s representative. In this capacity, we assisted with the acquisition of a City-owned parcel and oversaw the design and construction of a new 22,000 square foot facility. In 2014, Denham Wolf subsequently helped Addabbo respond to and win an NYCEDC-issued RFP for an adjacent site. Currently, we are working with Addabbo again as owner’s representative, on an expansion that will double the size of their facilities.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf has provided Addabbo with development and project management services, with supporting transaction services. Key among these are:

  • Leading the client’s strategic planning process to determine the physical and financial feasibility of a capital project
  • Assistance with identifying and securing construction and permanent financing
  • Securing approvals from the New York State Department of Health
  • Formulation and management of public-private partnerships
  • Coordination of intercreditor agreement
  • Assistance with the acquisition of two distinct City-owned parcels
  • Management of the design and bidding process, and award of the construction contract
  • Oversight of design and construction processes, including management and maintenance of the project budget and cash flow projections

Architect: Gertler & Wente Architects

Kenbar Managment - 115 East 97th Street

Upper East Side, NYC

Carnegie Hill Disposition

Project Description:

This project involved the disposition of a site that would allow the development of a 110,000 SF community facility site on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Comprised of five contiguous, vacant parcels, the owner, Kenbar Management, owned a number of developments in the Carnegie Hill community and wanted to sell the land in keeping with neighborhood amenities in academia, medicine, and the arts. Through a competitive process, Denham Wolf effectively procured a buyer which met the client’s specifications and had the financial capacity to pay for a highly sought after asset in this community. The purchase price for the land was significantly above the appraised value. The selected purchaser, the Marymount School, intends to develop the site as a new campus and athletic center.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Kenbar Management with brokerage services. Key among these services were:

  • Development and implementation of a marketing strategy
  • Sourcing appropriate buyers for the property
  • Liaison for all negotiations between Client and Buyer

Status: Disposition Completed

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Linda Gross Theater

Atlantic Theater Company, Chelsea, NYC

Client Profile:

The Atlantic Theater Company (ATC) is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully, utilizing an artistic ensemble. Established in 1985 by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the theater was founded on the belief that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process.

Project Description:

To create the Linda Gross Theater, ATC implemented major renovations to a historic church building in Chelsea, including excavation of the site to increase the available square footage. The renovation transformed the building’s interior into a fully modernized performance space. The newly renovated theater has the capacity to seat a 200 person audience, achieving an important growth goal for ATC. The venue also has the capacity to house high tech theater equipment and other state of the art technology, enhancing the theater-going experience. 

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the Atlantic Theater Company with project management services. Key among these were:

  • Complete oversight of design and construction, including selection and coordination of project team (architect, engineer, construction manager, and others)
  • Coordination with the Landlord (St. Peter’s Church)
  • Management of project budget and schedules
  • Coordination of funding requirements and reports required by municipal agencies, including the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and by private funding sources

Architect: Coburn Architecture

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National Jazz Museum

National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NYC

Client Profile:

Founded in 1997, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) is an interactive exhibition center that promotes the recognition and appreciation of jazz as a historic American art form. NJMH is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and hosts regular exchanges with cultural institutions throughout New York City. Programs organized by the museum include live performances and education-based workshops, all of which celebrate the spirit and culture of jazz.

Project Description:

NJMH engaged Denham Wolf after the organization was identified by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as a partner in the City’s Mart 125 redevelopment project. Specifically, NJMH was selected to develop and occupy approximately 12,000 square feet of the property. The redevelopment was planned as part of the City’s ongoing effort to make Harlem’s 125th Street corridor a premier destination for the arts, culture, and entertainment.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with development services. Key among these services were:

  • Leading a strategic planning process to determine the physical, financial, and organizational feasibility of participation in the City’s Mart 125 redevelopment project.
  • Development of preliminary space programs, project schedules, and capital and operating financial models for NJMH’s portion of the redevelopment project.
  • Representing NJMH during the City’s Developer RFP process.
  • The preparation and administration of two RFP’s, for exhibition design services and for architectural design services.
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Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, Harlem, NYC

Client Profile:

The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) is committed to tackling long-standing issues facing public defenders by providing high quality legal representation to Upper Manhattan residents. With a holistic, community-based approach that recognizes that those new to the criminal justice system often require social welfare, NDS significantly differs from traditional public defense practices. Its clients are represented by a team of criminal and civil attorneys, social workers, investigators, paralegals, law school and social work interns, and pro bono attorneys.

Project Description:

When NDS expanded their practice areas to include Family Court, their staff in turn increased. To accommodate this growth, they leased additional space and prepared for the renovation and expansion of their current offices. Denham Wolf was hired to provide project management services to create a “Law Office of the Future”.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided NDS with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Oversight of design and construction, including architect selection and contractor bidding
  • Coordination of project team, including architect, engineers, and contractors
  • Management and maintenance of the project budget and cash flow projections
  • Oversight of design and procurement of furniture, finishes, and equipment

Architect: WASA/Studio A

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New York Road Runners

New York Road Runners, Midtown, NYC

Client Profile:

Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners (NYRR) is the world’s leading community running organization. Built on the vision that running can positively inspire and change lives, NYRR strives to make running accessible and enjoyable for all through local races, charity events, youth programs, and the iconic New York City Marathon. The organization’s programs, which draw participants from all over the globe, are recognized as an integral part of the urban fabric of New York.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf’s engagement with NYRR began with a planning study of the organization’s facilities, including visioning for a new running center with NYRR runner services and a New Balance retail component. To best support its growth, NYRR decided to establish a consolidated operational and administrative center. The new headquarters totals approximately 40,000 square feet of below market space and required the sophisticated negotiation of two separate subleases. The runner-friendly facility is located in close proximity to Central Park, at 156 West 56th Street.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided NYRR with transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Leading the client’s strategic planning process to determine the physical and financial feasibility of facility consolidation and portfolio expansion
  • Multiple site selection and lease negotiations
  • Oversight of project team for design and construction, including architect, engineers, general contractor, and construction manager

Status: Completed

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New York Road Runners RUNCENTER

New York Road Runners, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

RUNCENTER and New Balance Run Hub

Client Profile:

Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners (NYRR) is the world’s leading community running organization. Built on the vision that running can positively inspire and change lives, NYRR strives to make running accessible and enjoyable for all through local races, charity events, youth programs, and the iconic New York City Marathon. The organization’s programs, which draw participants from all over the globe, are recognized as an integral part of the urban fabric of New York.

Project Description:

After leading a visioning process for a new running center that combined the best of NYRR’s year-round runner services with a New Balance retail component, Denham Wolf led NYRR in a site selection process that was tightly focused around Central Park. Subsequently, Denham Wolf led negotiations for the lease of a 7,000 square foot facility on West 57th Street. Now known as the NYRR RUNCENTER, this space serves as a consistent location for race number pickups; a platform for the latest in running education, training, and innovation; a venue for a variety of running-related events and programs; and a meeting place for all members of the running community, including club running teams and individual runners of all ages and abilities.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided NYRR with transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Strategic planning to determine the physical and financial feasibility of the project
  • Site search within a tightly defined and highly competitive geographic region, including comparative financial analyses on finalist sites
  • Multiple lease negotiations on the client’s behalf
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Opera America

OPERA America, Chelsea, NYC

The National Opera Center

Client Profile:

OPERA America is committed to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera by providing its members with crucial tools to optimize their resources, expand their programming, and reach new and diverse audiences. Through artistic, professional, educational, and community services, OPERA America endeavors to nurture a thriving opera culture.

 

Project Description:

Denham Wolf was retained by OPERA America to help create a National Opera Center in New York City, which would serve as a new headquarters for the Washington DC-based organization. After successfully locating and negotiating the lease for 5,600 square feet of office space, we continued to seek a solution for all the programmatic elements of the new National Opera Center, including a double-height performance venue. The Denham Wolf team ultimately secured a long-term and build-to-suit lease within the same building, which resulted in the partial removal of the slab between contiguous floors. The completed 25,000 square foot facility consolidates OPERA America’s administrative functions and includes an audition hall, rehearsal space, library/media room, and other member spaces.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided OPERA America with both transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Site selection and lease negotiation for administrative offices and full opera center, including neogiating the partial removal of an existing floor slab in the building
  • Securing of on-site swing space during building renovation
  • Selection and oversight of project team for design and construction, including architect, theater consultant, engineers, attorneys, and construction manager

Architect: Andrew Berman Architect

Status: Completed

Pen + Brush

Pen + Brush, Flatiron District, NYC

Client Profile:

Beyond providing a physical space for exhibition and idea exchange, Pen + Brush functions as a network for women in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Founded in 1894, Pen and Brush has an international membership and is an active resource for its members, nonmember participants, emerging women artists, and the art community at large.

Project Description:

In advance of its upcoming 120th anniversary, Pen + Brush embarked upon a deliberate program of expansion. As part of its plans for growth, the organization sold an existing townhouse and purchased a 5,500 square foot commercial condominium unit in centrally located Manhattan building. Now prominently sited in a ground floor space, the new center houses several highly visible exhibition, reading, and performance spaces, as well as a library, meeting space, and executive offices.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Pen + Brush with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Oversight of design and construction processes, beginning with the selection and coordination of the project team, including architect, engineer, general contractor, construction manager, and others.
  • Management of project budget and schedules.
  • Oversight of design and procurement of furniture, finishes, and equipment.
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Poets House

Poets House, Battery Park City, NYC

Client Profile:

Poets House is a home for all who read and write poetry, giving voice to the wealth of modern poets, stimulating dialogue on issues of poetry in culture, documenting modern poetry, and cultivating a wider poetry audience. 

Project Description:

Poets House was selected as the long-term tenant of an 11,000 SF space in Battery Park City, and engaged Denham Wolf to negotiate the lease terms, assemble a design and construction team, manage the fit-out of the new space, and procure swing space during construction in the new facility. Denham Wolf also managed and administered a portfolio of public and private funding for the project. Poets House’s new home includes a library, auditorium, children’s poetry room, multimedia listening room, exhibition space, and administrative offices. Through the team’s commitment to sustainability, the project achieved LEED Gold certification.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Poets House with project management and supporting transaction services. Key services among these were:

  • Negotiation of lease terms with developer and landlord
  • Procurement of swing space for Poets House while their new facility was under construction
  • Selection and complete oversight of project team consultants including architect, construction manager, and real estate attorney
  • Management and administration of project funding from public sources including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the September 11th Fund, New York State Council on the Arts
  • Management and administration of private financing

Architect: Louise Braverman Architect

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RIOULT Dance NY

RIOULT Dance NY, Astoria, Queens

New Dance Center

Client Profile:

Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY is committed to creating new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult, to sustaining its company of dancers, and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance throughout New York City and beyond. The company presents an annual New York season, tours internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers a range of dance training to the public through classes, workshops, and intensives.

Project Description:

Over the course of a multi-year site search, Denham Wolf supported RIOULT in articulating its needs, and in subsequently identifying and securing a site for a unified dance center. Located within a soon to be expanded mixed-use development, the new space was customized to support RIOULT’s specific goals. The built-to-suit facility will feature floor-to-ceiling heights of nearly 14’ as well as areas with 36’ column spacing. It is anticipated that RIOULT will open the doors to its new center in early 2018.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided RIOULT Dance NY with transaction services and with supporting project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Strategic planning and options analysis
  • Identification and analysis of potential sites, both on- and off-market, including undeveloped sites
  • Negotiation of built-to-suit lease
  • The preparation and administration of an RFP for architectural services for the new dance center
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Scandinavia House

American-Scandinavian Foundation, Midtown, NYC

Client Profile:

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) provides a vital cultural and educational link between the United States and the Scandinavian nations. Scandinavia House is the physical home of the ASF and stands as the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offering a rich calendar of exhibitions, films, concerts, and lectures to the public.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf was engaged to support the ASF in their operational planning and in the development of a new 28,000 square foot facility, which would house the organization’s diverse range of cultural, family-friendly programs. The completed building includes three galleries, a multi-purpose room with terrace, a 168-seat auditorium, a children’s center, a library, office spaces, a café, and a gift shop. 

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the American-Scandinavian Foundation with project management and transaction services. Key among these services were:

  • Oversight of design and construction, including the identification, selection, and coordination of project team consultants, including architect, theater consultant, engineers, attorneys, and construction manager
  • Financial and operational consulting services, including the development of project budgets and cash flow projections
  • Determination of the most favorable retail uses and appropriate retail approach, including impacts on income
  • Negotiation with outside contractors to manage the physical operations and provide café and catering services
  • Procurement of swing space while the new facility was under construction

Architect: Polshek Partnership (now Ennead)

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Social Science Research Council

Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Client Profile:

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is guided by the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy require a better understanding of complex social, economic, and political processes. With partners worldwide, SSRC strives to build interdisciplinary and international networks, link research to policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information.

Project Description:

SSRC approached Denham Wolf in 2007 with a real estate challenge facing many organizations: an expiring lease and a landlord who planned to double their rent in a midtown Manhattan office building. After a thorough search and a complete renovation project, SSRC moved to a spectacular 25,000 SF space in Forest City Ratner’s One Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights.The open plan provides access to natural daylight and featuresmultiple meeting spaces to foster a collaborative work environment. The project was delivered under budget and on schedule

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Social Science Research Council with transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Leading a planning process with SSRC to determine the physical and financial feasibility of a relocation
  • Articulation of site parameters and subsequent site search
  • Negotiation of lease terms with landlord, as SSRC’s exclusive broker
  • Oversight of design and construction processes, including selection of architect and general contractor

Architect: Kostow Greenwood Architects

Status: Completed

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SPACES @ 520 Eighth Avenue

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (ART/NY), Garment District, NYC

Client Profile:

An anchoring presence in the nonprofit theater community, the Alliance of Resident Theatres (ART/NY) offers industry-specific services and expertise to nonprofit theater companies. By providing financial support, educational services, and subsidized space, ART/NY supports individual theater companies in realizing their artistic visions and helps ensure the success of the industry overall.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf led ART/NY through the transaction and renovation of 32,000 square feet of space for the Spaces @ 520 project, for which ART/NY entered a master lease to create the resultant space sharing program. Denham Wolf was also responsible for negotiating leases for the program’s original 25 subtenants. As a result of launching this program, ART/NY was able to expand its own program and provide much-needed office and rehearsal space to the wider theater community.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided A.R.T./New York with both transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Identification and assessment of affordable sites within close proximity to the Theater District
  • Negotiation of ART/NY’s master lease and of 25 subtenant leases
  • Support in aligning the interests of the organization, subtenants, and landlord, including advisement in the modeling of program operations
  • Selection and oversight of project team for design and construction, including architect, attorney, and general contractor
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St. Luke in the Fields Block-wide Redevelopment

Church of St. Luke in the Fields, West Village, NYC

Client Profile:

The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields is a vibrant and inclusive Episcopal church known for its social mission, brilliant choir, and serene gardens. 

Project Description:

A full range of Denham Wolf’s services have made it possible for St. Luke’s to pursue a lucrative and on-mission approach to private development on its city block. As development consultant and broker, we are leading the implementation of this approach, which will result in the growth of Church programming, an endowment to help sustain the Church long-term, the generation of funding for a new community center, and the development of a 75,000 square foot residential building, which will include the area’s first affordable units to be built in decades. Denham Wolf has also secured a long-term lease with the site’s school, enabling the school’s renovation and 20,000 square foot expansion.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf has provided St. Luke’s with development, transaction, and project management services. Key among these services are:

  • Led a strategic planning process to determine the physical and financial feasibility of redevelopment
  • Selection and coordination of site assessment team, including oversight of zoning analysis, massing studies, and site valuation
  • Preparation and administration of RFP for a developer
  • Guided approval processes with project stakeholders such as the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Attorney General of New York, Supreme Court of New York, and Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Negotiation of a 99-year ground lease (residential building) and a 49-year ground lease (school)

Architect: Barry Rice Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle

Symphony Space

New York, NY

Project Description:

Denham Wolf began working with Symphony Space in 2006 to provide project management services for targeted improvements to their facility. This work led to a subsequent engagement to develop a strategic plan that would define an optimal path of growth for the organization.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided real estate consultant and project management services to Symphony Space. Key among these services are:

  • Coordinate development of a Master Plan study to analyze opportunities and constraints associated with potential renovation and expansion of Symphony Space’s existing property.
  • Coordinate development of an Alternate Site study to evaluate options for expanding Symphony Space’s programs in additional locations, including budgeting, benchmarking, etc.
  • Selection and coordination of project team members, including architect, engineers, and other consultants.
  • Oversight of design and construction, including the renovation of existing facilities.

Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle

Status: Phase III Renovation Completed

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The BankNote Building

The Bronx, New York

Project Description:

Built in 1909, the BankNote Building originally housed a currency printing facility for the American Banknote Company. Today the large, four-building complex is home to government, civic, and private sector tenants, office tenants, nonprofit tenants, and members of the local arts community. Denham Wolf envisioned this project as an adaptive reuse that would preserve an important landmark and create a thriving center of economic and cultural activity. Key aspects of the project include:

  • High Ceilings, wide column spacing, skylights, ample loading, and parking
  • Competitive rents and generous tenant incentives
  • Major green redevelopment and NYC Landmark

Services Provided: Denham Wolf served as the broker for the acquisition, co-developer and co-owner, and leasing agent. The project’s scope included:

  • Exploration of the market and site identification for development.
  • Negotiation of purchase terms.
  • Pricing, marketing the property for lease, and procuring tenants.

Status: Renovation and leasing completed; Sold

The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group, Garment District, NYC

Client Profile:

The mission of the Barrow Group Theatre Company (TBG) is to develop and produce excellent plays and to offer world-class performing arts training, using a performance style that encourages simplicity, clarity, and spontaneity.

Project Description:

TBG hired Denham Wolf to evaluate the feasibility of relocating and either purchasing or leasing a new, larger facility in Manhattan, which would accommodate its growing acting school and increased production work. Denham Wolf led staff and board members through a 12-week facilitated planning process to help TBG articulate the vision for their new Arts Center, more closely examine the motivations behind the new project, and explore the project from the physical, financial, and organizational perspectives. Guided by this process, TBG is currently building its organizational and funding capacity for a future project.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided TBG with transaction and supporting project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Leading a strategic planning process to determine the physical, financial, and organizational feasibility of the project.
  • Defining preferred relocation and expansion scenarios.
  • Developing space programs, project schedules, and capital and operating financial models for each preferred scenario.

The Innocence Project

Innocence Project, New York, NY

Client Profile:

The Innocence Project is a nonprofit legal clinic affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Focusing on national litigation and public policy, The Innocence Project is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Project Description:

The Innocence Project relocated its main offices to a new 21,000 square foot home in Lower Manhattan. After finalizing a long-term lease, The Innocence Project and its consultants developed the design documents required for the interior fit-out. The project was constructed by the Landlord as stipulated in the lease arrangements. The program includes multiple private and shared offices, open area workstations, a new state of the art board room, conference rooms, high-density filing room, and other support spaces. Project scope involved demolition of previous installations, upgrade of the air conditioning system and reconfiguration of electrical and plumbing systems.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the Innocence Project with project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Coordination with the Landlord
  • Complete oversight of design and construction, including selection and coordination of project team (architect, engineer, general contractor, construction manager, etc.)
  • Management of project budget and schedules
  • Coordination of Landlord’s work letter
  • Oversight of design and procurement of furniture, finishes, and equipment

Architect: Montroy Andersen DeMarco

Status: Completed

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The Public Theater @ 425 Lafayette Street

The Public Theater, NoHo, NYC

Client Profile:

Conceived in 1954 as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, the Public Theater is committed to fostering the next generation of theater artists and to advocating for theater’s role in the framing of contemporary culture. The Public is also unique in its production of Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary, and experimental pieces, all in equal measure.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf was engaged by the Public to assemble and lead a multidisciplinary team in an assessment of the Public’s existing facilities. Subsequently, we were asked to lead the organization through a long-term master planning process in preparation for its anticipated growth. Our engagement resuled in an outline of necessary improvements to the five theaters located at 425 Lafayette Street, a landmarked 100,000 square foot building that originally housed the Astor Library. In addition, the Denham Wolf-led team supported the Public in defining opportunities for expanding its real estate portfolio, through a range of physical and financial feasibility studies.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided the Public with project management and transaction planning services. Key among these services are:

  • Project team assembly
  • Real estate position assessment
  • Long-term facilities planning
  • Identification of expansion opportunities, including assessment of short-and long-term impacts on programming
  • Guidance on navigating City regulations and related approvals

Architect: Ennead Architects

The Public Theater @ 425 Lafayette Street

Theatre Development Fund

Theatre Development Fund, Garment District, NYC

New Head Office

Client Profile:

The Theatre Development Fund's (TDF’s) mission is to identify and support theatrical works of high artistic merit. Guided by the conviction that the theatrical arts represent a unique form of creative expression that must be sustained and made accessible, TDF provides financial assistance to organizations and enables diverse audiences to attend live performances.

Project Description:

Due to the concentration of theaters in and around Times Square, TDF has always been eager to remain in the area, despite its pattern of rising rents. Denham Wolf was engaged to identify a convenient and affordable office for TDF, ultimately securing 12,000 square feet for the organization just six blocks south of its previous location. By partnering with our project management team, TDF was able to optimize the space’s unusual floorplan, creating further leverage for favorable lease terms. Denham Wolf’s engagement also included overseeing a complete upgrade of air conditioning systems, the reconfiguration of electrical and plumbing systems, and the maximization of daylighting.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided TDF with both transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Affordable site selection within close proximity to Times Square
  • Lease negotiation
  • Selection and oversight of project team for design and construction, including architect and general contractor
  • Monitoring of the landlord’s building management team and related consultants throughout construction

Architect: Perkins Eastman

Status: Completed

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Theatre Development Fund

Theatre Development Fund - Costume Collection, Astoria, Queens

Costume Collection

Client Profile:

The mission of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is to identify and support theatrical works of high artistic merit. TDF’s Costume Collection houses costumes and accessories donated by Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, opera companies, and television and feature film companies at the close of productions. Items from the collection are available to rent and are intended to be accessible to a wide range of clients, from large professional companies to community theater ensembles.

Project Description:

Following the relocation of TDF’s head office, the organization again engaged Denham Wolf to help with the relocation of its costume collection. TDF aspired to relocate the collection to an easily accessible site that could house all 80,000+ pieces, while still being operationally affordable. Denham Wolf ultimately identified and secured a double-height space for TDF within Kaufman Astoria Studios, a major hub for theater and film within a growing arts corridor in Queens.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided TDF with both transaction and project management services. Key among these services were:

  • Identification of affordable and publicly accessible sites with substantial storage capacity
  • Lease negotiation
  • Selection and oversight of project team for design and construction, including architect and general contractor
  • Ongoing management of the project’s schedule, budget, and cash flow projections
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Third Street Music School Settlement

Third Street Music School Settlement, New York, NY

Client Profile:

Third Street is the oldest community music school in the country, and is passionately committed to providing exceptional education and community access regardless of economic status or artistic ability. Through a range of classes, programs, and performances, Third Street fosters knowledge, creativity, and a vital sense of community in the Lower East Side.

Project Description:

Due to the demand for its programs, the Third Street Music Settlement had outgrown its 30,000 SF space in Manhattan’s East Village.The school engaged in a study to set forth a plan that would address their needs for growth and modernize their facilities.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided real estate consulting services to the Third Street Music School. The scope of work included:

  • Confirmation of spatial program in tandem with architect that meets the school’s growing needs
  • Articulation of real estate options based on the school’s requirements and development of a building case study for each option
  • Preparation of capital budgets and schedule to anticipate timing of capital needed for the project
  • Development of a road map that outlines recommended activities and critical milestones for the project

Architect: James Vincent Czajka Architect

Status: Planning Study Completed

Third Street Music School Settlement

Times Square Alliance

Times Square Alliance, Times Square, NYC

New Wayfinding Kiosk on Restaurant Row

Client Profile:

The Times Square Alliance (“the Alliance”) works to advance Times Square by supporting the success of local businesses and the production of diverse events that promote public engagement in the district. Furthermore, the Alliance advocates for the continued success of this inspiring, entertaining, and iconic destination. The Alliance’s district covers most of the territory from 40th Street to 53rd Street between 6th and 8th Avenues, as well as Restaurant Row.

Project Description:

When the Alliance was approved for a small capital project on Restaurant Row to construct two wayfinding kiosks on the historic street, the organization engaged Denham Wolf for project management services. Located at 46th Street on the corners of 8th and 9th Avenues, the illuminating kiosks showcase local dining options for visitors.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf served as project manager and consultant to the Alliance. The scope of work included:

  • Provided oversight of design and construction including architect selection and contractor bidding
  • Provided oversight of funding agreement and OMB capital allocation application
  • Management and maintenance of the project budget and cash flow projections
  • Integrate requirements of TSA and other parties, such as the landlord and condominium management, into agreements and construction processes
Times Square Alliance

West 83 Ministry Center

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Upper West Side, NYC

Client Profile:

Redeemer Presbyterian Church is committed to personal spirituality, social justice, and cultural renewal. Community development is the central mission of Redeemer, which aims to transform poor communities into prosperous mixed-income neighborhoods through vital services such as affordable day care and after school programs.

Project Description:

Denham Wolf was engaged by Redeemer to lead the adaptive re-use and expansion of a former parking garage into a new Worship & Community Center. The new facility includes an 800-seat sanctuary, fellowship hall with terrace and kitchen, a range of school classrooms, and various meeting and support spaces. In total, the new ministry center comprises approximately 43,000 square feet.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided project management services to Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Key among these services were:

  • Assessment of existing project team, contractual arrangements, and procedures
  • Monitoring of coordination among all members of the project team, including architect, engineers, attorneys, and construction manager
  • Review and negotiation of construction change orders
  • Consultation on community relations and related coordination efforts

Architect: Gertler & Wente Architects LLP

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Young Judaea

Young Judaea, New York, NY

Client Profile:

Young Judaea (YJ) is the largest Zionist group in the United States, bringing together Jewish youth nationally and internationally through a shared commitment to Jewish values and a belief in the fundamental significance of Israel for Jewish life. Through education, leadership and social action, YJ promotes the unity of Jewish identity and fosters lifelong connections to Israel.

Project Description:

This project involved the procurement of an 11,500 SF facility to serve as headquarters for Young Judea and Tzofim.The nonprofit signed a ten year lease at a building in Midtown Manhattan which houses multiple functions for the organization.The renovated facility contains 13 private offices, open plan workstation areas for up to 35 staff members, 6 meeting rooms, a pantry area, and designated rooms for filing, copiers, and IT equipment.

Services Provided: Denham Wolf provided Young Judea with transaction services. The scope of work included:

  • Site selection, lease negotiation, and landlord selection.
  • Team selection of project team, including architect.

Architect: G TECTS

Young Judaea
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