Bernard M. Baruch Houses

Bernard M. Baruch Houses – the largest New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development in Manhattan – is comprised of 18 residential towers housing over 5,600 residents. Completed in 1959, the 28-acre campus occupies prime real estate in the now-burgeoning Lower East Side.

We were asked by NYCHA to consider the long-term resilience of this development, as a model for reconceiving how NYCHA organizes and maintains their building portfolio.

Construction is underway for a new elevated central heating plant and out-buildings at all residential towers in the FEMA A-Zone. Also included is 100% backup electrical generator to allow the entire campus to go off-grid during peak usage, new entry plazas and renovated lobbies at all residential towers, a 4,500 ft. bench and planted berm flood wall, campus-wide LED site lighting, security upgrades and CCTV and the reorganization of common space, parking and gardens to improve security. The buildings on the eastern half of the property will be protected by a system of building entryway flood barriers that automatically deploy during a storm event.


Architectural Staff
Lillian Acree
Mariah Alvarado
Ester Areste
Anthony Arnone
Charlotte Chebassier
Destiny Conely
Joshua Funderburk
Sonny Gonzalez
William Hovland
Mathanki Kalapathy
Jody Kinney
Maja Knutson
Jake LaChapelle
Nathan Laux
Laura Liu
Nicholas Meier
Bruce G. Nelligan
Thomas Pentoney
Jonathan Pietro
Shiori Sasaki
Mahan Shirazi
Yvette Waweru
Emily Wetherbee
Project Team

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

Structural Engineer
Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP

Civil Engineer
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer

Landscape Design
Thread Collective

KM Associates of New York

Lighting Design
William Armstrong Lighting Design

Acoustic Design
Longman Lindsey

Cost Estimating
Ellana, Inc., Toscano, Clements, Taylor, LLC

Construction Manager