ICS Builders, Inc. and BKSK Architects completed the new, $4.1-million, 10,600-sf Community of the Holy Spirit St. Hilda’s House convent building located in the Sugarhill section of Manhattan’s West Harlem neighborhood. ICS served CHS, a monastic community for women in the Episcopal Church, as general contractor. BKSK Architects LLP provided architectural and interior design for the new, environmentally friendly facility.
In addition to ICS Builders and BKSK Architects, the project team included structural engineer Weidlinger Associates Inc., MEP engineer Laszlo Bodak Engineer, P.C., lighting designer Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, and landscaping consultant Dennis Gray Horticulture.
The facility's design highlights the inherent link between environmental consciousness and religious reverence. The architectural and construction team's design approach and construction practices reflected the resident nuns’ desire to connect more profoundly with the natural world and live in an environmentally responsible manner.
The building's elegant and understated architecture complements the surrounding urban, residential neighborhood. Interior spaces are designed to inspire quiet contemplation, both individually and collectively. Although the project was not submitted for LEED certification, it features a high number of cutting-edge, environmentally responsible design solutions, materials, and systems. BD+C