Timothy Rasic, AIA, attended the AIA CAE Fall Conference 2009 "designing learning environments to rebuild urban America" in held in New York City

Timothy Rasic, AIA,  attended the AIA CAE Fall Conference 2009 "designing learning environments to rebuild urban America" in held in New York City
Conference: Designing Learning Environments to Rebuild Urban America

Held : October 23–25, 2009

Location: New York City

Presented By: AIA Committee on Architecture For Education

The English-Speaking Union of the United States headquarters on East 39th Street designed by Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC gives the non-profit the flexibility to share facility with another non-profit as reported by NY1

The English-Speaking Union of the United States headquarters on East 39th Street designed by Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC gives the non-profit the flexibility to share facility with another non-profit as reported by NY1
NY1
09/26/2009 03:15 PM
“Real Estate For Non-Profits Undergoes Boom”
By: Jill Urban


“During one of the slowest years for commercial real estate, one area of commercial property is seeing a boom.

NY1's Real Estate reporter Jill Urban filed the following report.


It's been a slow year for commercial property. But a slowdown in the market is proving to be a opportune time for non-profits.

"Not-for-profits occupy over 14 percent of the commercial real estate in New York City, which is a significant number. They also tend to be counter-cyclical, meaning in down markets they tend to come out of woodworks," says President Suzanne Sunshine of S. Sunshine and Associates.

Those who lease space are taking advantage of the times, creating a boom in the non-profit sector.

"In 2009, the non-profit sector comprises 9.5 percent of total leasing activity through the end of August," says Perry Mesmer of FirstService Williams.

Mesmer says that is significantly greater than the the number of deals done by the same time last year.

Sunshine, who specializes in non-profit real estate, says the buildings her clients are attracted to are the ones that have the biggest declines in price.

"Prices for not-for-profit types of office space, which is basically class B and class C buildings, has fallen through the floor and are now somewhere around $25- to $30-per-foot price range," says Sunshine.

Some landlords who may have turned away certain program based groups a year ago because of the increased traffic they generate are now opening their doors and offering deals.

Another trend is that some non-profits who own buildings are subletting their space to other non-profits in an effort to offset costs in a difficult economy.

For example, Alice Boyne of the English Speaking Union of the United States says bringing a tenant into their building on East 39th Street was a good safety net.

"We didn't know what would come from the money from the endowment or gifts from our donors or from our foundation or corporate grants we would be going after," says Boyne. "So we wanted to cushion against difficulties in the market."

It's a win-win. The tenant, Humanity for Action, is the tenant and has found sharing the building with another non profit is beneficial on many levels.
"We are able to use a limited amount of space for our offices, but when it's needed and available we can use the larger spaces... but we don't have to pay for those facilities all the time," says Humanity for Action Executive Director Judy Goldstein.

So even though a down market may be tough for some, it's ripe with opportunities for others.”

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Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC in Norman McGrath's new edition of Architectural Photography: Professional Techniques For Shooting Interior and Exterior Spaces

Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC in Norman McGrath's new edition of Architectural Photography: Professional Techniques For Shooting Interior and Exterior Spaces
Architectural Photographer Norman McGrath has worked with Janko Rasic Architects for years, photographing and documenting projects large and small.

In his new book, Norman uses photographs of two projects -Konica Minolta Business Solutions New York Showroom and the offices of New York Office of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company- by Janko Rasic Architects to illustrate different techniques.

McGrath, Norman. Architectural Photography: Professional Techniques For Shooting Interior and Exterior Spaces. New York: Amphoto Books, 2009. [p73, 95, 98]

"about this book
The definitive guide to achieving artistic and commercial success in modern architectural photography–from industry leader Norman McGrath. Looking to achieve artistic and commercial success in architectural photography? Norman McGrath’s long-awaited guide is the only one you’ll need. Here, McGrath fully revamps and expands on the basics covered inPhotographing Buildings Inside and Outto include the most up-to-date information–from changes in the industry to equipment, techniques, and technologies.

Architectural Photographycovers it all: interiors, exteriors, skyscrapers, residential, office buildings, restaurants and hotels, religious buildings, museums, historic buildings, and specialized subjects such as staircases, sculpture, and ceilings. It also includes master McGrath’s sage, real-world advice. Most important, this guide is filled with spectacular and often iconic photography that captures the power and impact of these spaces–the ultimate goal of the architectural photographer.

about the author
NORMAN MCGRATH's photographs have appeared inArchitectural Digest,Architectural Record,Progressive Architecture,Domus,Interior Design,Interiors,HG,New York, Life, andArt in America. His clients include the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, Schlumberger, and many others."

-Random House, Inc.

Fortis Bank Nederland

Fortis Bank Nederland
Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC was selected by Fortis Bank Nederland to design their New York Office and assist them in evaluating locations. Ultimately, Fortis selected 100 Park Avenue, a Silver LEED-Existing Building. At 100 Park Avenue, Fortis will occupy the 17th floor which will feature multiple green roofs and an accessible terrace for social and work functions. The design of workspace takes advantage of exposures on all sides will let an abundance of natural daylight penetrate through full height glass office fronts into the buildings core. To supplement the natural light, the team at Janko Rasic Architects designed a lighting plan which combines the use of high efficiency fluorescent light fixtures and state-of-the-art LED lights. The workspace will house two trading rooms, supported by a UPS and roof top back-up generator, as well general office and conference areas. A highly flexible bench desking system will be used in the trading rooms and open office areas. Construction is expected to be completed FALL 2009.

Links:

"Could be water over the bridge" - New York Post

"ECT Capital LLC Signs 20,626-SF Lease at SL Green's 100 Park Avenue" -NYInc



Janko Rasic Architects PLLC congratulates new LEED Accredited Professionals


Hector Guillen, AIA LEED AP
Joel Santos, LEED AP
Matthew Wei, LEED AP
Stephanie Starr, LEED AP

Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC Newsletter 2009.1

Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC Newsletter 2009.1
Cover:
Facade of North Court Building
175 Main Street White Plains, NY
Lobby Restoration by Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC
Photogragh by Timothy Rasic

Featuring recently completed projects:
A&M Octone Records
Espirito Santo Investment
ICMA/FASCore New York Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP)

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