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COOPERATORNEWS.COM  COOPERATORNEWS —  MAY 2021    9   212-683-6855 x7  Managing our clients for   an average of 18 Years  Why are our clients with us so long?  One Reason - Financial Performance     Operating Surplus   Substantial Reserves           Balanced Budgets   Common Area Upgrades        Limited Staff Turnover   Much More    But don’t ask us, ask our clients.  We will put you in touch with the Board Members   we have served for the past 28 years.  ARCHITECTURE   & ENGINEERING   SERVICES:  - Structural  - MEP  - Interior Design  BUILDING ENVELOPE /  RESTORATION / FACADE   INSPECTION SAFETY   PROGRAMS  CONSTRUCTION   DEFECT TESTING /   INVESTIGATION  ENERGY CONSULTING  FORENSIC TESTING /  LITIGATION SUPPORT  NYC SPECIAL   INSPECTIONS  5 YEAR CAPITAL   PLANNING   350 7th Avenue, Suite 2000  New York, NY 10001  (646) 292 - 3515  ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS AND ENERGY CONSULTANTS  customized with room numbers and light-  ing,” they say in their blog. Similarly, they   suggest “upscale partitions that can be used   in place of the ubiquitous plexi-glass divid-  ers” that are in place for COVID protection   at front desks and doorman stations through-  out co-ops and condos nationwide.    Interior designers also mention more   high-tech improvements like touchless eleva-  tors, entries, and lighting, and smart home   controls that provide health and safety en-  hancement while also being  “aesthetically   pleasing in their elegance and simplicity,” ac-  cording to Rodriguez. Other health-focused   technology products—such as ventilation   systems with UV light or high-effi  ciency fi l-  ters—are completely invisible to the resident,   she continues.  Bringing the Outdoors In  Another popular element in post-COVID   design, both for common spaces and indi-  vidual residences, is the installation of natu-  ral elements into the indoor environment.   “In  common  areas  where  there’s  a  need  to   enforce separation and distancing,” says Ro-  driguez, “greenery and planters can help ac-  complish this goal in a way that actually en-  hances the space’s aesthetic appeal.” In fact,   Rodriguez continues, the ongoing distancing   and isolation experienced during the COVID   pandemic has reinforced the value of what   the pros call “biophilic design”—elements of   interior design that incorporate and/or mim-  ic aesthetic and sensory characteristics from   the natural world.  “Staying indoors for months on end dur-  ing quarantine has left  many of us longing for   some type of connection to nature and the   great outdoors,” reports ALine’s blog. While   biophilia doesn’t kill COVID or other germs,   they say, it has been shown to improve mental   health, boost productivity, and enhance air   quality. Wellness considerations were top of   mind before the pandemic started, but they   have taken on even more importance as the   need to prevent viral spread has become an   existential imperative.   Adds Rodriguez, “In terms of color and   materials,  we’ve  seen  a  movement  towards   warmer, neutral tones that have a calming   and soothing eff ect—something that’s espe-  cially important when people are spending so   much time at home. Taking inspiration from   nature, materials and colors are an important   element of biophilic design, which aims to re-  connect people to the natural environment.”   Where possible, multifamily buildings   and communities are using design to make   the most of the literal outdoors by expanding   access to light and air, creating indoor-out-  door entries and lobbies, or installing green   walls and other organic materials. Ground-  up design is putting much more emphasis   on both private outdoor spaces like balconies   and terraces and common outdoor elements   like roof decks and courtyards. “Th  e demand   for apartments with balconies and outdoor   space has surged dramatically,” notes ALine.   Rodriguez agrees. “\[Th  e year\] 2020 un-  derscored the value of outdoor spaces. A   balcony or a terrace felt essential during the   pandemic, but the sense of serenity and sanc-  tuary that people fi nd in these spaces will   always be important. And as the mental and   physical health benefi ts of biophilic design   and access to light and air continue to make   themselves known, more people will look for   homes that off er outdoor access.”   Uplifting By Design  By and large, the attitude of interior de-  signers is that home should always be a   place of comfort and sanctuary. According   to them, having more people spending more   time  within  the  walls  of  their  homes  than   ever before this past year-plus has forced pro-  fessionals in the fi eld to reexamine both their   use of space and the way the space infl uences   them. “My experience,” says Mullendore, “is   that this period of COVID has challenged   us all—not only our use of spaces, but it has   tapped deep into our sense of humanity.”  Milazzo Smith agrees: “I think any time   that you spend time  at your  home, you   should be inspired, and you should be nour-  ished and you should be uplift ed. And I think   there’s never been a time in my lifetime that I   remember really needing that so much, and   everyone around you needing that so much.   Your environment has a psychological eff ect   on you—the colors that you choose and the   fi nishes that you choose to surround yourself   with can really be uplift ing. Of course, we   don’t know what our future holds as far as the   pandemic, but I do see people nestling into   their homes a little bit more, and getting used   to that idea of being able to really, really get   inspired by their home as well.”   Rodriguez also has a similar perspective.   “Wellness is really the focus now for design-  ers, developers, owner/operators, and resi-  dents alike,” she muses. “Many of the shift s   and trends we’ve seen in the past year refl ect   a growing recognition that our homes need   to support our physical health and our emo-  tional wellbeing.”  Perhaps Mullendore sums it up best when   he says, “I have seen families rediscover the   joy of being at home, and being with each   other, and this has prompted them to start   paying more attention to the wellbeing and   enjoyment of their most important space:   HOME.”     n  Darcey  Gerstein  is Associate Editor and   Staff  Writer for CooperatorNews.  “We had a tremendous positive reaction   from brokers and buyers since the latest rul-  ing,” says SJP CEO Steven Pozycki. “Buyers   who came in two years ago have been waiting   for us to come back.”  He noted that many of the prospective buy-  ers are from the neighborhood.  At the end of March, opponents of the   project made one last eff ort to halt the proj-  ect, asking the Court of Appeals to take up the   case. Th  e court has yet to issue a decision,   TRD   reports.      n  PULSE...  continued from page 4

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