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This summer, enjoy a perfect outing to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center! by sarkis arakelyan

A visit to the Manasquan County Reservoir Environmental Center would be a perfect outing this summer with friends and family. When Monmouth County dammed a brook to create the Manasquan River, civic-minded officials saw the opportunity to create a place for public education about water and the environment.

SLA designed this 11,000 square foot interpretive center to be part of a nature walk for groups of students and the general public. We chose forms evocative of the silos and barns of rural New Jersey. The bold geometric and material combinations create dynamic spaces, all linked by a path that leads to the reservoir. We designed it a few years ago and the landscape has filled in beautifully around the architecture as envisioned. 

This summer is a perfect time to experience the multi-media presentations, interactive exhibits, educational activities, and wildlife observation areas. Click below to see the schedule

162 5th Avenue Façade - Evolution of Design by sarkis arakelyan

162 5th Avenue, a commercial office building managed by ABS Partners Real Estate, was built in 1903, and is located in the Ladies Mile historic district of New York, not far from the Flatiron Building. SLA has been working on designs to restore historic façade details at the street level. As part of the first phase of the work, SLA designed an entryway to recreate a decorative arch that had formerly been replaced with an awkward mid 20th century design. We researched the original design, and based our work on historical photographs from the city tax archive. To gain approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, our design needed to replicate the original limestone, marble, granite and wood details as closely as possible. The results are shown in the bottom two photographs above. Construction of the restored arch was completed this year.

Innovative Redesign for a Commercial Townhouse by sarkis arakelyan

Ross Metals re-opens in New York City's Diamond District. The 92 year-old town house had been converted to commercial use decades ago. SLA's inventive design got rid of several haphazard additions, expanded the building to take full advantage of the available development rights, and unified the building behind a new metal-panel facade. Many unique conditions, like the construction's interface with the new adjacent high rise, had to be addressed. All were successfully resolved. The completed building has a highly detailed interior which is finely tuned to the owner's exacting display, storage, and security requirements.