Neighborhoods Now: University Neighborhood Housing Program

This work is part of Neighborhoods Now, an umbrella initiative; learn more about it here.

Contents

    An office update in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

    About Neighborhoods Now

    Launched in Spring 2020, Neighborhoods Now is a collaboration between the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute to connect NYC neighborhoods hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with design firms in our collective network.

    Dattner Architects and MBB collaborated with University Neighborhood Housing Program to create plans to update and reopen their main office in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

    Who We’re Working With


    Coordinating Firms


    2020-21 Goals and Outcomes

    Safer Work Environment
    Dattner Architects and MBB worked closely with UNHP to reconfigure their main office and accommodate a six-foot distance between employees. The team also provided guidance on how to reduce the amount of workstations in each room, implement a COVID-19 check-in station to control the flow of people in the space, and install plexiglass partitions and air purifiers.

    Outdoor Gathering Space
    For the Rose Hill Community Center, the team proposed a design for a cost-friendly outdoor module planter system suitable for social distancing that also serves as shaded cover.

    2021 Presentation

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