March 13, 2024
by: Bria Donahue
A map of New York City depicting the NYCEDC's teams selected for its Mass Timber Studio.
The first cohort of teams included in the New York City Economic Development Corporation's (NYCEDC) NYC Mass Timber Studio. Graphic: NYCEDC.

Last week, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced the teams selected for the inaugural NYC Mass Timber Studio. The Studio is a climate innovation program organized by NYCEDC and the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice with support from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Softwood Lumber Board, WoodWorks, NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), and AIA New York. Each team was awarded a $29,000 grant and receives technical assistance from WoodWorks and advisory feedback from NYC DOB. The projects are located across the five boroughs and include diverse building typologies, with six of the seven sites located in environmental justice communities. The project teams include:

  • Hoek Place – Red Hook, Brooklyn
    This five-story, multi-family, mixed-used building will feature community programming on the ground level. Located in a flood zone, the project will help inform how mass timber project delivery can be conducive to flood-proofing requirements. The project team includes Urban Terrains Lab, BLDGWorks, TYLin | Silman Structural Solutions, Element5, and Veneklasen Associates.
  • 1160 Flushing Avenue – Bushwick, Brooklyn
    This mixed-use industrial development will function as a space for companies, entrepreneurs, and artisans to ideate, make, and showcase, and will help to preserve the manufacturing fabric of the local community. The project team includes DenCity Works Architecture and Totem.
  • The Grafted Home – Crown Heights, Brooklyn
    This redevelopment of a three-story, multi-family, residential building evaluates adaptive reuse versus ground-up development using mass timber. The project team includes Algoma and Neighbor.

To learn more about the NYC Mass Timber Studio, stay tuned for more information about the public mid- and final-review events NYCEDC will be hosting this year at the Center for Architecture. The mid-review event, during which teams will present their projects, will be held on April 29.


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