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  1. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton Relocates Downtown

    New York, NY
    Mar 2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton Relocates Downtown

    Architectural firm IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton moves to Wall Street

    New York, NY,
    March 15, 2016

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton announces the move of its office to 44 Wall Street. Downtown Manhattan has long been synonymous with financial Institutions, bankers, lawyers, and government officials. However, many of these financial firms have been steadily moving from the area, and, creative firms are taking their place. Media giants, advertising agencies, and design firms are changing the nature of downtown Manhattan from a financial services mecca to a more quirky, friendly, creative cultural hub. “We want to be a part of the creative surge taking place Downtown. Many firms within the industry are moving here and it’s energizing to be surrounded by top tiers and professionals”, said IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton’s principal, Cathy Jackson, AIA, LEED AP.

    The departure of many financial firms from downtown has primed the area for a bit of a creative renaissance. The opening of One World Trade has drawn more creative firms to the area, with companies such as Conde Nast, Time Inc. and Droga5 relocating to Wall Street. But it’s not just media agencies aiding in the creative development of FiDi; there are many architecture and design firms located south of Chambers Street: Downtown Manhattan is quickly becoming the popular choice for many innovative companies.

    Susan H. Wright, AIA, LEED AP and IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton’s Managing Principal said, “The firm considered options for staying in Meatpacking but ultimately decided the move to downtown Manhattan was more compelling. The Meatpacking location was great but we wanted something different, something new. The firm has undergone many changes in the past couple of years and our new office is representative of those changes. We’re very excited about this new opportunity and looking forward to watching the firm grow and succeed as a part of our new neighborhood”.

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton, a member of the IBI Group family of firms, is an architecture, planning, interior design, and systems engineering firm. We are recognized for our portfolio of prominent design and planning projects, spanning over 80 years of practice. Our outstanding team of professionals continues this rich legacy, and is dedicated to design excellence in response to client needs and expectations. For further information visit: gruzensamton.com.

    About IBI Group Inc.

    IBI Group (TSX:IBG) is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm with over 2,200 professionals around the world. For more than 40 years, its dedicated professionals have helped clients create livable, sustainable, and advanced urban environments. IBI Group believes that cities must be designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch. www.ibigroup.com.

    Press contact:
    Michael Ehlinger
    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton
    212.477.0900, Ext. 3947
    michael.ehlinger@ibigroup.com

  2. AIA Tribute to Jordan L. Gruzen

    New York, NY
    Mar 2015
    AIA Tribute to Jordan L. Gruzen

    On March 12, 2015, the AIA held a Tribute to Jordan L. Gruzen at the Center for Architecture. The event was well attended and included the following speakers: Rick Bell from the AIA, Alex and Rachel Gruzen, his son and daughter, Richard Anderson, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Peter Samton, personal friend and professional partner, Caroline Rob Zaleski, Author, and Paul Willen.

    This celebration was organized by: The Gruzen Family, IBI Group-Gruzen Samton, and AIA New York Chapter.

    Photo credit: Thomas Kiernan Photography.

  3. OBITUARY: JORDAN L. GRUZEN (APRIL 5, 1934 – JANUARY 27, 2015)

    New York, NY
    Jan 2015
    OBITUARY: JORDAN L. GRUZEN (APRIL 5, 1934 – JANUARY 27, 2015)

    Architect Jordan L. Gruzen died peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 27th, at age 80 surrounded by his family. Gruzen, whose career spanned six decades, played a significant role in enriching the urban landscape of 20th-century metropolitan New York where his firm, Gruzen Samton, was based. Friends and family remember Jordan as a man of great accomplishment, joie de vivre, warmth and optimism who fully embraced life in both work and play.

    Gruzen and his firm were architects and urban planners. While their work was national and international in scope, their greatest concentration of projects was in New York City and New Jersey. The firm had a broad portfolio of project types including schools, universities, courthouses, transportation terminals, residential complexes, facilities for the elderly and synagogues.

    The firm’s work created new neighborhoods, revitalized the waterfront and contributed to the character of the City. Significant works in Lower Manhattan include Stuyvesant High School, NYPD Headquarters at 1 Police Plaza, Southbridge Towers, Chatham Towers, Chatham Green and five residential buildings in Battery Park City. Notable education projects include public schools throughout New York and New Jersey, and dormitory and student life buildings at Stony Brook University, City University of New York, Touro College, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University and Cornell University. Gruzen’s contribution to Jewish cultural facilities included nine buildings for the Hebrew Home for the Aged, projects for the Jewish Theological Seminary, The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia University, and synagogues including Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey. One of Gruzen’s favorite projects was the 1967 horse stables in Central Park at 86th Street. The design put programmed space below earth mounds and orchards and, if built, would have been one of the City’s first “green designs,” thirty years before the movement.

    Gruzen’s firm was also known for large-scale planning particularly on the waterfront. The firm developed two plans, Litho City and Lincoln West, on Manhattan’s West Side, which were predecessors to and inspiration for today’s Riverside South. In addition, the firm was involved in the development of Queens West on the East River in Long Island City and Roosevelt Island’s Manhattan Park and South Town residential complexes. In New Jersey, the firm designed ferry terminals in Weehawken and Edgewater, and numerous residential developments in Jersey City, Fort Lee, Hoboken, Guttenberg and West New York that revitalized the New Jersey waterfront.

    Gruzen particularly enjoyed the intellectual challenge of international work, which added fresh cultural dynamics and physical landscapes to the design process. The firm’s projects include the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, civic work in Tel Aviv, residential and office buildings in Tehran and Nairobi, new housing developments in Dubai, and a new town plan for Bell Helicopters in Isfahan.

    Gruzen’s philosophy of architecture was largely shaped by the cultural and artistic influences in his parents’ home as well as by MIT. Jordan wrote, “[MIT was a] school in which to develop the complete person…I took as many courses in planning, art, music, and philosophy as I did in architecture.” Jordan wove his love of art into his projects, ensuring artist commissions were incorporated into his buildings. Gruzen also strove to integrate his buildings into the fabric of the city. He was driven by a desire to create socially responsible work that influenced the urban design and streetscapes of neighborhoods. This is captured in one of Gruzen’s favorite projects, the award-winning renovation of Museo Del Barrio at 104th Street on the Fifth Avenue Museum Mile. Jordan spoke of the project: “The fundamental idea of the design is to connect the street with the courtyard and with the lobby, both spatially and visually. This, in turn, creates a stronger relationship to Central Park, unifying these elements and providing a sense of accessibility and the spatial sequence of layering.”

    According to Jordan’s partner Peter Samton, one of Jordan’s great contributions to the firm was “his ability to identify and bring to the firm talented designers and practitioners…who enabled the firm to create such a large, vital and multi-faceted body of work. Jordan was constantly re-energizing the firm with new people who specialized in various building types, and who worked together as teams to create varied and creative output, enabling the firm to rejuvenate itself constantly. Jordan achieved this through his gregarious personality, love of design, and large and diverse network of colleagues and friends.”

    Gruzen’s influence on architecture and New York also extended beyond the structures he designed. He was a passionate preservationist and as a co-founder of Action Group for Better Architecture, served as a leading figure in the fight to save McKim, Mead & White’s Penn Station. Although he and his cohorts failed to save the iconic structure, their efforts raised awareness and contributed to the passage of New York City’s first landmarks law.

    Jordan was born in Jersey City on April 5, 1934 to Barney Sumner Gruzen and Ethel (Brof) Gruzen. Jordan’s father, who was known professionally as B. Sumner Gruzen, founded the architectural firm Kelly & Gruzen with Colonel Hugh A. Kelly, in 1936. Jordan’s mother was a professional opera singer with the Metropolitan Opera House. Jordan received his Bachelor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master of Architecture at University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. In the early 1960s Jordan and MIT classmate Peter Samton joined Kelly & Gruzen. Jordan and Peter became partners in 1967, and changed the firm name to Gruzen and Partners, then to The Gruzen Partnership, and in 1986 to Gruzen Samton, which merged, in 2009, with IBI Group and is now known as IBI Group-Gruzen Samton.

    The work of the firm received five national AIA design awards and numerous city and state AIA awards over eighty years. Gruzen was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), a former Chairman of the AIA NY Chapter Committee on Architecture for Justice, a former Chairman of the AIA NY Chapter Committee on Housing, an active member of the Urban Land Institute and Building Congress, as well as a member of many other urban planning and architectural organizations.

    Jordan was a resident of Battery Park City and Amagansett, Long Island, where he actively engaged in his communities and lived in the apartment building and houses that he designed. Gruzen was noted for his athleticism and love for skiing, sailing with the Manhattan Yacht Club on New York Harbor, playing tennis at Devon Yacht Club, and exploring Gardiner’s Bay on his Sunfish. His philanthropy included helping to found The Interfaith Community and Lower Manhattan’s Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. He was also an active participant in New York New Visions during the reshaping of Lower Manhattan after 9/11.

    Jordan is survived by his wife, Lee, their two daughters, Rachel of Amagansett, New York and Georgia of Altadena, California, and his son, Alex and wife Karen of Austin, Texas. His is also survived by his brother, Maxson of San Diego, California, Alex’s mother, Joan Gruzen of New York City, and grandchildren, Elsa, Ava, Sonja and Bear.

    Donations in Jordan’s memory can be made to the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra.
    http://www.shop.knickerbocker-orchestra.org/main.sc

  4. Official Opening of SelfHelp KVII Apartments

    Sep 2014
    Official Opening of SelfHelp KVII Apartments

    This tech-savvy affordable residential complex for seniors in Flushing sets new standards in terms of quality, security, high tech services, “green” features and more, that are sure to enhance daily life for its senior residents. SelfHelp KVII apartments is the 9th affordable residential complex for seniors established by Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. The official opening was on Tuesday September 23, 2014 attended by our Principal Susan Wright and Peter Samton, along with other project commission partners from New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Enterprise Community Partners, JP Morgan Chase and area elected officials.

  5. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton has been listed in the Crain’s New York Area’s Top Architecture Firms

    New York, NY
    Jul 2014
    IBI Group  ▪ Gruzen Samton has been listed in the Crain’s New York Area’s Top Architecture Firms

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton has been ranked #24 in the Crain's New York Area's Largest Architecture Firms in the July 2014 issue. This list is ranked by number of area architects.

  6. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton is ranked in Building Design & Construction Magazine’s 2014 Giants 300

    New York, NY
    Jul 2014
    IBI Group  ▪ Gruzen Samton is ranked in Building Design & Construction Magazine’s 2014 Giants 300

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton has been ranked #74 in Building Design & Construction Magazine's 2014 Giants 300 Issue.

  7. Susan Wright speaker at the Center for Architecture “Designing for a Lifetime”

    New York, NY
    Jun 2014
    Susan Wright speaker at the Center for Architecture “Designing for a Lifetime”

    Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP and one of IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton's principals, was a speaker at the Center for Architecture's Design for Aging Committee on a panel titled "Designing for a Lifetime"on June 23. 2014.

    There is a growing awareness that the first members of the Baby Boom generation are reaching their 60s. This population serves as harbingers of a substantial increase in senior populations in most parts of the world. Architects and designers are beginning to think about innovative ways to house these seniors and enable them to continue their active and interactive social lives safely, comfortably, and independently in their homes and multigenerational communities. The homes and communities that a great majority of seniors prefer are the familiar ones where they have lived for many years, where they want to age in place. This often requires significant modifications to their apartments/houses, and the proximate availability of necessary amenities and services.

    The British magazine Architectural Design devoted its March/April 2014 issue to a series of articles that explore various approaches to this issue. All speakers at this session are contributing authors to those articles and will present multiple approaches toward solutions. The AIANY Design for Aging Committee members showed varied examples currently being implemented in U.S. cities.

  8. Jordan Gruzen, FAIA receives the Jersey City Living Legend Award

    Jersey City, NJ
    May 2014
    Jordan Gruzen, FAIA receives the Jersey City Living Legend Award

    Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, received the Jersey City Living Legend Award for carrying on the architectural legacy of the esteemed Jersey City firm of Kelly & Gruzen, now known as IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton. This award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to Jersey City's architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage.

    The award was given to him by Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at their annual preservation awards ceremony on May 29, 2014 which took place at the historic Lowe’s Theatre in Journal Square, Jersey City. Mayor Steven Fulop also presented Gruzen with a special Proclamation praising his contributions to Jersey City’s architecture.

    Kelly & Gruzen was founded in 1936 by B. Sumner Gruzen and Col. Hugh A. Kelly at 26 Journal Square. Since the 1930s Gruzen’s firm has contributed significantly to the development of Jersey City. Some of the firm’s most prominent projects in Jersey City include Crystal Point Condominiums, Liberty Towers, Newport Ferry Landing, Portside, Jersey City Elementary (PS 3) and Middle School (MS 4), and Jersey City University’s master plan and several new academic buildings. The most recent project is a new Four Star 275 room Marriott Hotel in Liberty Harbor North.

  9. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton has been listed in ENR’s New York Regional Top Design Firms Issue

    New York, NY
    May 2014
    IBI Group  ▪ Gruzen Samton has been listed in ENR’s New York Regional Top Design Firms Issue

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton has been ranked #69 out of 106 firms in ENR's 2014 Top New York area Design Firms issue.

  10. Selfhelp in Architectural Design Magazine

    New York, NY
    Apr 2014
    Selfhelp in Architectural Design Magazine

    The article describes how New York and other US Cities are starting to prepare for this huge growth of senior citizens in the next 30 years to come. Co-Chair of the AIANY Design for Aging Committee Jerry Maltz and Christine Hunter with Eric Cohen and our principal, Susan Wright, touch base on necessary groundwork to be done.

    To order your own copy, follow the link below.

    http://www.architectural-design-magazine.com/view/0/index.html

    Susan Wright along with the others mentioned above will be gave a presentation titled "Designing for a Lifetime" on June 23rd from 6-8pm at AIA NY, Center for Architecture.

  11. Joe Giovanniello speaker on the Committee on Architecture for Education panel at the Center for Architecture

    New York, NY
    Mar 2014
    Joe Giovanniello speaker on the Committee on Architecture for Education panel at the Center for Architecture

    Joe Giovanniello one of the principals at IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton along with Chris West one of the partners at Foster and Partners discussed the Yale University, School of Management project at the Center for Architecture - Committee on Architecture for Education on March 5, 2014. The title of the event was Transparency in living and learning together.

    The event presented three recently designed academic buildings that, each in its own way, adheres to the notion of educational design that teaching is not confined to classrooms. Norman Foster said of the Yale building: "Interactions outside the formal teaching areas are as important as classroom-based learning. Learning is not only about the classroom - it is about the social spaces and the relationships that are formed."

    These projects aspire to form communities within communities; villages within villages. The use of transparency, inside and out, reveals the different programs and activities and transform older, more traditional notions of educational buildings and campuses.

    Photo- Chris West is on the far left and next to him is Joe Giovanniello.


  12. Cathy Jackson speaker at Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference

    Baltimore, MD
    Mar 2014
    Cathy Jackson speaker at Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference

    Cathy Jackson one of the principals at IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton along with our client at Cornell University led a seminar at the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference which was held in Baltimore, MD on March 3rd and 4th. The seminar was titled Tapping into your Hidden Resources.

    The team presented our project Cornell University, Human Ecology Building as a case study focusing on elements of shared sustainability. The team covered ideas we have implemented that could be applied on to many campus projects. They included the use of natural resources, site planning strategies and implementation of a shared campus energy model. During each sharing topic, the team invited the audience to “share” their implemented and blue sky shared resource ideas. The Human Ecology Building is a USGBC LEED Platinum building and a model of campus sustainability.

    Cornell University, Human Ecology Building is a new 89,000-square foot building. The project is comprised of three main components: a parking garage, a three-story academic/laboratory building, and a commons linking the new facility to adjacent existing college buildings, all linked seamlessly into the topography.

    The photo credit is Paul Warchol.

  13. New Marriott coming to Jersey City

    Jersey City, NJ
    Jan 2014
    New Marriott coming to Jersey City

    IBI Group Gruzen Samton have been selected to design the new Marriott Hotel in Jersey City. See the press release with our rendering of the new hotel! Congratulations to the project team!

    http://www.njbiz.com/article/20140127/NJBIZ01/140129796/New-Marriott-coming-to-Jersey-City-bringing-150-permanent-jobs

    A four-star, 202,000 sf, 17-story, 276-key hotel is located in a new Jersey City redevelopment zone, a new Liberty Harbor North neighborhood. The tower will contain functional spaces and is articulated to separate it from the residential super-block where it is located. Guests and visitors using the glazed interior public spaces along the street façade will animate the street at all hotel podium levels. Outdoor seating areas on the 4th Floor restaurant terrace and the Penthouse Lounge terrace will enliven the hotel’s street edge with color and serve to separate the massing and clarify the design.

  14. Susan Wright – Executive of the Month

    New York, NY
    Jan 2014
    Susan Wright – Executive of the Month

    Susan Wright, principal at IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton was recognized as the Executive of the Month in the December issue of New York Real Estate Journal!! Read more about her accomplishments and numerous milestones in the article above or online at the following

    http://nyrej.com/67939

  15. IBI Group is the world’s 4th largest architecture practice

    Jan 2014
    IBI Group is the world’s 4th largest architecture practice

    IBI Group has been ranked as the 4th largest architecture practice as per BD World Architecture 100.

    In May 2009, Gruzen Samton joined The IBI Group, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that currently employs over 3,000 people in over 70 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

  16. Yale University School of Management Opening Ceremony

    New Haven, CT
    Jan 2014
    Yale University School of Management Opening Ceremony

    On January 9-11, 2014, the opening ceremony for Yale University, School of Management took place. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton were the Architect of Record and Foster and Partners were the Design Architects.

    The Yale School of Management was founded in the late 1970s and currently have outgrown several buildings at the north end of the Yale campus. The new campus consolidates the school's many facilities into a single 230,000 sf campus near the site of the original complex.

    The facility's main components—classrooms, offices, common spaces and auditorium are grouped around a central court, in the tradition of Yale campus architecture, large enough to accommodate graduation ceremonies and other major events.

    This project is anticipating LEED Gold certification.

  17. Our project Selfhelp KVII was featured in Senior Living Executive Magazine

    Queens, NY
    Dec 2013
    Our project Selfhelp KVII was featured in Senior Living Executive Magazine

    Our Project Selfhelp KVII was featured in the November / December 2013 issue of Senior Executive Magazine.

    Selfhelp Community Services is a non-profit organization founded in 1936 to help victims of the Holocaust resettle in the NYC area. Selfhelp currently provides home health and social services to more than 20,000 seniors in their homes and serves 6,000 seniors at their local senior centers.

    Our firm started work in 1967 with Selfhelp on the design of a 289-unit Martin Lande House. During 2009 and 2010 we completed renovations of public spaces of the building. Over the same period we renovated the 135 apartment bathrooms and public spaces
    at the Helen Scheuer House, including building two private gardens and a sun filled extension to the lobby. The most recent project is Selfhelp KVII, a new 15-story, 92 unit senior living residence which opened in early 2013. For more information refer to the article above.

  18. CANstruction 2013

    New York, NY
    Oct 2013
    CANstruction 2013

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton took part in the Canstruction 2013 competition. The name of our structure was "Knock out Hunger One Can at a Time" and the main ingredients were Asparagus and Baked Beans. The build out night was October 30, 2013 and the structures were on public display at the World Financial Center until November 13, 2013.

    Our team consisted of the following: Ed Bolivar, Daria Tsvetkova, Jack Madura, Christopher Hou, Majed Isamail, Brittany Unis, Edward Kowalski, Natalia Klusek, Katia Meier, Felicia Law, William Singer, Daniel Rico, Christy Sweeney, and Susan Wright.

    Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to City Harvest.

    The photo credit is by Stanley Wong.

  19. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton receives Proclamation Award from Mayor of NYC

    New York, NY
    Oct 2013
    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton receives Proclamation Award from Mayor of NYC

    On October 22, 2013 IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton received a Proclamation Award from Mayor Bloomberg at the Build Expo which was held at the Javits Center in NYC. This event discussed the state of the construction industry and its future in New York. Since we were one of the firms which contributed greatly to this city we received a Proclamation Award.

  20. 2013 CANstruction Promotional Sculpture

    New York, NY
    Oct 2013
    2013 CANstruction Promotional Sculpture

    Brookfield Properties did what they call "Special Builds" prior to the Canstruction 2013 competition as part of their "Arts Brookfield” program as well as promotion for the upcoming Canstruction event. They selected our beehive "Take the Sting out of Hunger" as one of their structures and we built it at One Liberty Plaza. It was on display to the public for about 3 weeks in October 2013.

    The team built "Taking the Sting out of Hunger" in the Canstruction 2012 competition as well.

    Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to City Harvest.

  21. Susan Wright Moderator on an Aging in Place Panel at The Center for Architecture

    New York, NY
    Oct 2013
    Susan Wright Moderator on an Aging in Place Panel at The Center for Architecture

    Susan Wright, one of the principals at IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton was the moderator on a panel at The Center for Architecture on October 17, 2013 titled Age Friendly Strategies for NYC. This presentation brought together two different elements of Aging in Place – engaging seniors with technology and through improvements to the public space of our neighborhoods.

  22. Peter Samton, FAIA, Executive of the Month in New York Real Estate Journal

    New York, NY
    Oct 2013
    Peter Samton, FAIA, Executive of the Month in New York Real Estate Journal

    Peter Samton, FAIA, principal at IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton was recognized as the Executive of the Month in the October issue of New York Real Estate Journal!! Read more about his accomplishments and numerous milestones in the article above or online at the following link: http://nyrej.com/66331.

  23. Gruzen Samton LLP reintroduces itself as IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton

    New York, NY
    Sep 2013

    With a rich, 75-year architectural legacy of serving clients in the New York Metropolitan region, Gruzen Samton LLP proudly reintroduces itself as IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton.

    IBI Group is a global architecture, planning, engineering and technology firm with offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Joining IBI Group strengthens and broadens our resources to better serve you.

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton continues a long firm tradition of design excellence with innovative and responsive solutions for the public and private sectors.

    We offer comprehensive professional services to meet the challenges and needs of our clients and positively shape the cities of the future.

  24. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton sponsors Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum

    New York, NY
    Sep 2013
    IBI Group  ▪  Gruzen Samton sponsors Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum

    On September 9, 2013, IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton sponsored a Crain's Breakfast forum featuring Thomas F. Prendergast, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The event took place at the Sheraton hotel in midtown Manhattan and was well attended. Some of the items he discussed were plans for transit fares and finances, improvements and upgrades and his strategy to storm-proof the nation’s largest transit system.

  25. IBI Group ranked 70th on ENRs issue on The Top 225 International Design Firms

    Aug 2013
    IBI Group ranked 70th on ENRs issue on The Top 225 International Design Firms

    IBI Group was ranked 70th on a recent Engineering News-Record's issue on The Top 225 International Design Firms!

  26. Ranked number 11 in Crain’s NY Area’s Largest Architecture Firms

    New York, NY
    Aug 2013
    Ranked number 11 in Crain’s NY Area’s Largest Architecture Firms

    IBI Group • Gruzen Samton was ranked number 11 on a recent Crain’s issue for NY Areas Largest Architecture Firms!

  27. IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton placed 15th on the list of Interior Design Firms in the Washington Business Journal

    Aug 2013
    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton placed 15th on the list of Interior Design Firms in the Washington Business Journal

    IBI Group • Gruzen Samton placed 15th on the list of Interior Design Firms ranked by 2012 Metro-Area Interior Design Revenue in Washington Business Journal.

  28. Susan Wright presenter at NYC Multifamily Summit

    New York, NY
    Jul 2013
    Susan Wright presenter at NYC Multifamily Summit

    Susan Wright, principal at IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton, was one of the presenters at the New York Summer Apartment Summit. She moderated a panel titled "Modernizing Multifamily Design and Construction: Smaller Units, Eco-Friendly, the Future of the NYC Apartment." This event took place on July 24th at McGraw Hall, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 50th Floor, NYC.

  29. CANstruction 2011 – “Best Use of Labels”

    New York, NY
    Nov 2011
    CANstruction 2011 – “Best Use of Labels”

    IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton took part in the Canstruction 2011 competition and won "Best Use of Labels" for our structure titled QR Can - Link to Fight Hunger. The main ingredients were Bumble Bee Solid White Tuna & Crown Prince Solid White Tuna.

    Our mission statement was: Quick Response (QR) Codes are popping up almost everywhere such as in social media, advertisement, and even on boarding passes. QR Codes give consumers immediate access to information that is linked with each unique code. Anyone who has a camera and a barcode scanner app on their Smartphone will be able to simply snap a picture and they will be automatically linked to a website, text, phone number, or SMS. Our design will provide a code to Canstruction’s website (www.canstruction.org) so one can make a donation quick and easy. Our goal is to support and spread the word of Canstruction’s mission to help fight hunger. We hope that with our structure we increase more traffic to the website which would increase donations and hunger awareness.

    Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to City Harvest.

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