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285 Central Park West, New York, NY

The renovation of the tower floors of a turn-of-the-century Upper West Side Manhattan building into an elaborate 5,000 square foot residence with multiple terraces overlooking Central Park.

Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity, 89-111 Porter Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Levine Builders provided general contracting services to The Doe Fund, a non-profit organization, for the rehabilitation of a four-story, 75,000 square foot, vacant commercial building into the largest homeless shelter in New York City. Built under the auspices of New York City's Division of Homeless Services, with $23 million procured by The Doe Fund, this 400-bed men's transitional residence is equipped with classrooms, a computer lab, a library and a medical suite. The Center, which was once a knitting mill, now represents the future of homeless services in New York City. The facility includes a state-of-the-art security system that can be monitored anywhere in the world via computer access, a commercial kitchen with a large dining room, laundry rooms as well as a courtyard and rooftop recreation area.

Levine Builders acted as Construction Manager for a voluntary environmental clean-up of the site, accomplished in part using a soil vapor extraction (SVE) system with monitoring wells. This zone soil remediation technology, in which a vacuum is applied to the soil to induce the controlled flow of air and remove volatile and some semi-volatile contaminants from the soil, is part of an ongoing monitoring process being overseen by various environmental agencies and the State of New York.

The Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity received a 2004 Building Brooklyn Award from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Building Award 2004 from the Queens and Bronx Building Association for Excellence in Design and Construction in the Rehabilitaion Category.

The Clarendon Penthouse, 137 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

Levine Builders provided construction management services for the construction of a three-story penthouse on the rooftop of an occupied 12-story apartment building. This large triplex sits atop The Clarendon at 86th Street and Riverside Drive, of which, the top five floors were once home to William Randolph Hearst. The site falls within the Riverside-West End Historic District and incorporates a voluminous mansard structure, which has been transformed into the core of this new residence for an art collector's family and their prestigious collection of paintings and antiques. Designed by Siris Coombs, the curves of the mansard were duplicated on the other side of what is now the living area, to allow for a seamless transition of space. The new structure won unanimous approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
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The project included the addition of 4,500 square feet to the existing 2,500 square foot mansard structure and required the construction of a complicated structural steel frame and transfer grid, an extension of the building passenger elevators, addition of a residential lift, new mechanical and electrical systems and a total reconstruction of the mansard standing seam copper roof and steel windows. Interior finishes include Venetian plastered walls and Brazilian mahogany wood floors; and Portuguese tiles and English "corkstone" in the bathrooms. A glass enclosed solarium, with 2,000 square foot of terrace space offers panoramic views of the Hudson River.

Noted as one of the largest apartment renovations in Manhattan in the last generation, this penthouse combines 7,000 square feet of living space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space.

The Clarendon Penthouse project received the 1997 Residential Project of the Year Award from New York Construction News and a Building Award 1997 from the Queens County Builders and Contractors Association for Excellence in Design and Construction.