Harlem School of the Arts — Public Space Improvement, Harlem, NY

HSA Renaissance Project – Time Lapse 10-30-19 from HSA


Gedeon GRC Consulting is working with Architects, Imrey Studio LLC and Erik K. Daniels Architects, PC, performing structural engineering and support for the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Public Space Improvement Project — The Herb Alpert Center in Harlem, New York — a dedication to American musician, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert.

The HSA campus, originally founded in 1964 by internationally-acclaimed soprano, Dorothy Maynor, is one of New York City’s pioneering arts institutions — a welcoming community space and safe and stimulating environment for children and adults, providing programs such as music, dance, theater, art and design, and more.

With the Herb Alpert Foundation’s generous support and their donation of $9.5 Million, this transformational improvement to the renovation of the 37,000 square-foot cultural space entails a major face-lift to the main entrance lobby and façade, with a “storefront” glazing system to allow more light and openness into the facility, making the building more energy efficient.

Gedeon GRC designed the new feature stair between the first and second floors and performed a structural review of the “storefront” design. The main entrance terrace stair and ramp have been reconfigured. Structural framing for a mechanical screen was also provided on the existing roof and the roof slab extended to support the sloping façade.

Our firm is currently providing construction administration/support services for this cultural community center.

Other improvements to the center include architectural and acoustic redesigns for the central gallery space, a new roof and new windows, as well as makeovers for the cafe, lounge, and courtyard garden.

  • Client: Harlem School of Arts (HSA)
  • Location: Harlem, New York City, NY


Project Rendering by Imrey Studio LLCProject Rendering by Imrey Studio LLCMel Garber, CSEng., Gedeon GRC Consulting Director of Building, at the HSA ground breaking Ceremony on September 20th, 2019Photo taken April 1st, 2020 by Alex Benyayev/Archstone Builders LLC