In 1967, Kelly & Gruzen reorganized itself to become Gruzen & Partners, which reflected the addition of new designers, including Jordan Gruzen and Peter Samton. It also expanded with a Washington, DC, office and began specializing in new town planning, facilities for the elderly and judicial architecture. These areas of expertise helped Gruzen & Partners garner nationwide recognition.
In the 1970’s, Gruzen & Partners realized major developments for public and private clients. Located near the Brooklyn Bridge the firm designed the iconic New York City Police Headquarters, Chatham Green Apartments, Chatham Towers, The Galaxy, New Jersey’s tallest residential complex at the time. The Solow Residential Tower was New York City’s first high rise residential tower designed with a glass façade; it featured a smoky gray curtain wall.
During the 1990s Michael Kazan and Scott Keller became partners with Jordan Gruzen and Peter Samton. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commissioned the firm to design its new Headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue. In conjunction with the Croxton Collaborative, Gruzen Samton wrote the EPA’s sustainable design guidelines.
During the early 2000’s a new generation of partners joined the firm, including Susan Wright. The new partners brought an expanded range of expertise to the firm with the design of educational facilities, residential projects, cultural institutions and transportation complexes. The firm completed award winning projects that include among others the Staten Island Zoo Reptile Wing, El Museo del Barrio, Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, the Jersey City Public Schools Frank R. Conwell Campus and the 100 Jay Street Condominiums.
In 2009 Gruzen Samton entered into a strategic partnership with global A/E firm IBI Group based in Toronto. This partnership has enabled our New York City office to be involved in projects all across the globe such as the subsurface train stations for the Red Line in Tel Aviv Israel and the Crosstown Elington Light Rail Stations in design now in Toronto, Canada.