Brooklyn Community Services


Design of 20,000 sf of office space including new communicating stair, private offices, open plan work stations, conference rooms, pantries, counseling rooms, and multipurpose spaces that function as training and class rooms. Spacesmith was retained by Brooklyn Community Services, (BCS) (formerly Brooklyn Bureau Community Services), in early 2007 to undertake a strategic analysis for two adjacent properties owned by BCS, 285 Schermerhorn Street and 306 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. The purpose of the analysis was to determine the highest and best use for the properties, as well as to explore planning options to meet the programmatic needs of the changing BCS administration, operations and programs. Spacesmith lead a team of engineering, code, zoning, and real estate consultants to investigate, analyze, and provide recommendations to BCS.

Jane Smith has expertly led the team of professionals who are designing BCS’s new space, and serving as owner’s representative / construction project manager for this complex endeavor. Spacesmith’s design approach is both innovative and mission-focused, while also respectful of the ongoing cost challenges faced by BCS as a social services provider. Jane and her team support our organization both “on and off the field.” She is a pleasure to work with, and I wholeheartedly recommend her as lead architect for any organization that shares BCS’s commitment to equity and social justice.
— Maria Simpson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Services