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September 22, 2023

Summer 2023 Project Roundup: Openings, Awards, and On the Boards

  • The Perelman Performing Arts Center. Image credit: LUXIGON.
  • Michigan Central Station.
  • Sacred Footprint by Timur Si-Qin. Photo credit: Timur Si-Qin.
  • Pier 57 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The award-winning Huntington Theatre project.
  • Franklin Park in downtown Washington, DC.


A sustainable Brooklyn home features a mass timber addition (New York Times, 9/19/23) – A 1870s brick carriage house in Clinton Hill has been transformed with the help of glue-laminated wood panels. The facade was also restored.

Martin Puryear's newest work draws on the ancient method of Nubian vaulting (New York Times, 9/14/23) – Located on a hilltop at Storm King Art Center, Puryear's "Lookout" is the artist's first work in brick.

Naval Academy alumni groups moves to stylish new digs (The Baltimore Banner, 9/8/23) – The $36 million, 65,000 sf Fluegel Alumni Center opened earlier this month with the intention of consolidating previously disparate facilities. The new building includes indoor event space, banquet facilities, and outdoor deck space.

Performing arts center finally opens at ground zero (AP News, 9/7/23) – The Perelman Center is a steel-framed building that will serve as an anchor for NYC’s downtown arts communities. Its multiple flexible performance spaces can be reconfigured into a single larger venue.

A mesmerizing Fred Eversley sculpture has come to Central Park (Time Out, 9/7/23) – Silman provided services including the design of the base steel structure and anchorage to the concrete pad. The firm's engineers also assisted with the design of the polyurethane sculpture itself.

Architecture's Second Looks and Second Acts (New York Times, 9/4/23) – The Perelman Center, Isla Intersections, and Domino Sugar Refinery were all mentioned in the NYT fall preview. Isla Intersections is an affordable housing development in Los Angeles that will soon provide 54 units for recently homeless individuals and families.

Google is reviving old buildings to grow its footprint more sustainably (Fast Company, 8/10/23) – The tech giant's adaptive reuse endeavors include Pier 57 on the Hudson River, which now includes workspace for about 450 employees. The pier also features a food hall and a rooftop park.

Detroit by Drone: Michigan Central Station nears completion (Axios, 7/31/23) – The Beaux-Arts masterpiece that formerly served as a train station will now become a multi-use innovation hub. The building will open to the public next year.

Major renovation yields copious light and space for Carroll Gardens apartment (Brownstoner, 7/27/23) – This garden-level Brooklyn apartment had not undergone renovations since the 1970s. Bringing light and modernity into the space required significant structural work including the removal of an 18-inch-thick load-bearing masonry wall.



SEAoNY SEE Awards: Sacred Footprint (Engineer's Choice Award)

AIA Chicago Design Awards: Blue Bottle Coffee Wolf Point (finalist)

AIA DC Design Awards: Franklin Park

Maryland Preservation Awards: Crown Farm Corn Crib Barn (Outstanding Stewardship by a Government Agency)

North American Copper in Architecture Awards: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, US Naval Academy Chapel Dome

NYC Public Design Commission 40th + 41st Annual Awards: McCarren Park House Café Addition, Testbeds Pilot

Preservation Massachusetts Awards: Huntington Theater, Upham's Corner Comfort Station

USGBC NCR Community Leadership Project Award: Early Childhood Academy PCS (finalist)



New York Botanical Garden’s new operations center will be a net-positive facility (Architect's Newspaper, 8/14/23) The building will incorporate mass timber, high-performance cladding, and rooftop solar panels. The project is seeking LEED Platinum certification.

Design team selected for new Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology at UNM (Architect's Newspaper, 8/9/23) – The new $65 million facility is intended to catalyze creativity and innovation. It will replace the functions of the current Center for Fine Arts building, which was built in 1963 and no longer serves the modern needs of all programs and departments.

Restoring New York's iconic Buffalo Central Terminal (Dar Magazine, 7/31/23) – Buffalo Central Terminal was a vibrant hub of activity during its heyday, serving as a bustling station for the New York Central Railroad. Silman is part of an ongoing project that will return basic functionality to the iconic Art Deco terminal.

National monument cements Emmett Till's inclusion in the American story (AP News, 7/25/23) – Silman performed an observations walkthrough and produced a conditions report for Roberts Temple in Chicago, the site of Emmett Till’s funeral. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now working towards getting support for restoration of the building and the other sites.

Gansevoort Peninsula Park nears completion on Manhattan's west side waterfront (New York YIMBY, 7/21/23) – The new 5.5-acre recreational space at Gansevoort Peninsula Park will feature kayak slips, an athletic field, and the borough's first public beach. This project was also featured in a recent New York Times article about developments along the Hudson River.


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