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Bronx Hall of Justice


Bronx Hall of Justice

750,000 s.f. • 47 Courtrooms • 645 Seat Assembly

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Bronx Hall of Justice


Bronx Hall of Justice

750,000 s.f. • 47 Courtrooms • 645 Seat Assembly


 

The 750,000sf Bronx County Hall of Justice designed

by Rafael Vinoly and DMJM Architects and located on a three block site, is part of the New York City Master Plan for New York’s Courts. The program consists of seventy-two elements for Supreme and Criminal Court agencies, with 47 courtrooms and judges’ suites for the Supreme Criminal Court, a 645-seat jury assembly area, District Attorney offices, a law library, court facility offices for the NYPD, several contract agencies and the civic plaza that covers an underground parking structure for 400 cars, is landscaped and occupied by the Jury Assembly Hall.Ronnette Riley Architect’s responsibilities included space planning for the various program requirements, a sustainable interiors study, and specifying and designing furniture for these spaces. In a break from the traditional, the building is sleek and contemporary with glass curtain walls, terrazzo tile floor, metal details, perforating metal ceiling, and natural toned beech veneer. According the interior, furnishings, and mill work, are modern, with tapered forms, polished chrome detailing, natural wood finishes, and costume furniture including courtroom benches, conference tables, and library furniture.


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Westchester Courthouse


Westchester Courthouse

21 Courtrooms & Judges Chambers • 280,000sf • $20M Renovation

Westchester Courthouse


Westchester Courthouse

21 Courtrooms & Judges Chambers • 280,000sf • $20M Renovation


 

Ronnette Riley Architect was contracted by Liro Group

to remodel 21 courtrooms of various sizes and 21 Judges Chambers of The Richard J. Daronco Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York. RRA’s scope an responsibility covered approximately 25,800 square feet and eighteen to twenty million dollars of the 280,000 square foot rehabilitation. Our goal was to retain as much of the existing conditions in the 1970’s design as possible and also create a space that thoughtfully integrated new materials. The project began with an initial site verification and thorough piece-by-piece cataloging of all existing furniture and finishes. We salvaged and refinished the classic jury, spectator seating, attorney’s tables and chairs and gave special consideration to the sustainability of new elements.  In addition to these aesthetic choices, RRA ensured that the design would fulfill the security and safety requirements of the court system, meet ADA requirements, and that the seating would retain the traditional hierarchy of the judicial system. Currently nine courtrooms have been renovated and the entire project is scheduled to be completed near the end of 2007.


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National Guard


The National Guard

Recruiting Center •  Cafe & Theater • Gamming Area

National Guard


The National Guard

Recruiting Center •  Cafe & Theater • Gamming Area


 

Conceptual studies for a recruiting station & social hub

for the National Guard. The client requested prototype design for a hypothetical strip mall site and a freestanding building site with parking. Information and recruitment stations would be central to each location, and then various other facilities would be worked in according to the size of individual sites. Examples of these additional facilities include a climbing wall, fitness equipment, music stations to download songs, a cafe, a theater, and an interactive gaming area.To appeal to young people, RRA blended a retro, industrial feel with photovoltaic cells and passive solar energy, and played wood and natural materials against cutting edge, interactive technology.


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City Store


CityStore

Souvenir Shop • Municipal Building • Governement Retail

City Store


CityStore

Souvenir Shop • Municipal Building • Governement Retail


 

A souvenir shop in NYC's Municipal Building, CityStore

was Relocated from an alcove off the building’s north entrance that was actually part of the airlock for the lobby, the 450sf CityStore was looking to increase its image as much as it increased its display area.  The design challenge was to complete the designed construction within 5 weeks. Our role was to design a space for the CityStore that would begin to create a brand for the store and to get as much of the merchandise on display as possible while working within a budget that made this the most inexpensive retail space our office has ever worked on. We proportioned the store around the large, west-facing window, using it as the back area of the cashwrap so as to not lose any opportunity for display. Using only slatwall, formica, vinyl flooring and paint we mixed the color palette of each to create blocks and areas within the space and on the walls. A thin, floating gypsum board panel hangs over the cashwrap as the only ceiling structure introduced into the space.   The benefits of the new CityStore location allows the client to display the full line of city codes and merchandise goods in a brightly-lit, cheerful space, it’s design ties closely to the brand image that they want to project and, most importantly, sales are up dramatically. 


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UVA Library


University of Virginia Library

Special Collection • 4-Story Interior • Jeffersonian Style

UVA Library


University of Virginia Library

Special Collection • 4-Story Interior • Jeffersonian Style


 

RRA designed the interiors of the new Jeffersonian-style

62,000sf library designed by Hartman Cox Architects. The program included a 226 person auditorium, reading rooms, studies, seminar and conference rooms, an academic research and conservation center and exhibit spaces including the Declaration of Independence Room housing Jefferson’s papers and the Treasure Room. The globe-shaped pendant lighting fixture that dominates the elliptical stairwell is also specially designed to allude to the library as a historical center of knowledge and discovery. The interior finishes, custom light fixtures, furniture and signage were all designed and selected to respect the rich tradition context and weight of the historical documents but with modern comfort and simplicity in mind.


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P.S. 149 Library


Sojourner Truth Library

P.S. 149 Library • Custom Interior • Non-Profit Client

P.S. 149 Library


Sojourner Truth Library

P.S. 149 Library • Custom Interior • Non-Profit Client


 

The Robin Hood Foundation has been successfully

funding public projects for years. Their latest project consists of bringing together nine award wining Architects to redesign nine public school libraries across the city. The primary goal is to bring top quality design to the public realm and by producing a range of interesting school libraries in New York, to then spread this concept throughout 600 public schools across the country. Ronnette Riley Architect was chosen to redesign the 2200 sf. Library space of Public School 149/207 in the district of Harlem. The brief required the chosen architect to design a   modern day kid’s library containing a reading area, writing area and a multimedia center. Given that the floor plan was rectangular, the design solution would have to deal with creating these different spaces whilst still maintaining the feeling of unity. 


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NY Institute of Technology


NY Institute of Technology

7 Floors of Classrooms  • Lounges • Academic Offices

NY Institute of Technology


NY Institute of Technology

7 Floors of Classrooms  • Lounges • Academic Offices


 

A 50,000sf expansion to the NY Institute of Technology

(NYIT) Manhattan Campus includes academic spaces, offices, student services, and lounge spaces for various faculties. The new facility occupies the bottom 6 stories of a residential tower, which were completely gutted, and changes made to circulation and egress for the new educational use.


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NYIT de Seversky


NYIT de Seversky Mansion

Historic Restoration • Award-Winning Masonry • Landscape Design

NYIT de Seversky


NYIT de Seversky Mansion

Historic Restoration • Award-Winning Masonry • Landscape Design


 

NYIT de Seversky Mansion & Gardens, originally built

for industrialist, financier and philanthropist Alfred I. Du Pont. He commissioned architect Thomas Hastings of Carrere & Hastings in 1916 to design “White Eagle”, a residence in what became known from the turn of the century through the 1930s as Long Island’s Gold Coast. Located on the North Shore, it was a mecca for New York’s wealthiest and most prominent.  Completed in 1918 at a cost of $1.1 million, it needed a staff of 29 to maintain. In 1921, with the sudden death of his second wife for whom the house was built, the estate was sold in auction for $470,000 to Henry Phipps, the Carnegie Steel Company partner, for his daughter Mrs. (Amy Phipps) Frederick Guest, who renamed it “Templeton”.  The property remained in the Guest family until 1972 when it was acquired by NYIT and renamed in honor of Russian aviator Alexander de Seversky, an NYIT Board of Trustees member instrumental in the acquisition. 


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Williamsburg Daycare


Williamsburg Daycare

Sustainable Interiors • Age-Specific Classrooms • Play Areas

 

 

Williamsburg Daycare


Williamsburg Daycare

Sustainable Interiors • Age-Specific Classrooms • Play Areas

 

 


 

Working with NYC's Dept of Design & Construction

RRA conducted topic specific interviews with project end-users, active p… in this process. RRA analyzed the project’s cost, efficiency, constructability and schedule. This project was designed before LEED certification was created. The design called for many innovative and sustainable materials we priced ahead of the bid process to help control costs.