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Geethika Jakkala Promoted to Project Manager
June 27, 2024
Geethika is cherished by colleagues and clients alike, and we are immensely grateful for her outstanding contribution. Read more
SCUP’s NYC Symposium Tours NYU’s New Facilities
June 26, 2024
Feeling inspired after this year's Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) NYC Symposium, which included tours of New York University’s recently opened facilities at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn and 181 Mercer Street in Greenwich Village. Read more
Green Thumbs Unite for DREAM
June 25, 2024
A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to revitalize planter boxes around DREAM’s Mott Haven Campus. Read more
Celebrating the Women of DBI Projects
June 18, 2024
Recently, we proudly hosted a celebration to honor the women of DBI Projects. The team enjoyed an inspiring workshop led by Christine Courtney, engaged in insightful conversation, and shared delicious food. Read more
CIEE Amsterdam’s New Home
May 31, 2024
As part of our ongoing asset management for Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), we supported CIEE in establishing a new home for its Amsterdam program. Read more
Reimagining The Jewish Museum, Fostering a Fully Integrated Educational Experience
May 23, 2024
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Jewish Museum on the ambitious transformation of its third and fourth floors, set to open in Fall 2025. Read more
Expanding Our Residential Portfolio
May 21, 2024
We are pleased to announce that we have been selected as the Owner’s Representative for two new housing portfolios in New York City: The Sheffield and Gouverneur Gardens. Read more
Supporting Real Estate Association of Latinx Professionals’s Inaugral NYC Event
May 10, 2024
We wholeheartedly support the mission of REAL to increase visibility, advancement, and equity for Latinx Professionals in commercial real estate by creating a multifaceted network, representative of all professional levels, across industry sectors. Read more
Margot Dirks and Peter Hantes to Attend NYSAIS Business Affairs Conference
May 7, 2024
We're looking forward to participating in the upcoming 2024 NYSAIS Business Affairs Conference, scheduled for later this week in New Paltz, New York. Read more
Beatrice Arellano on Lafayette College Careers Panel
May 6, 2024
Assistant Project Manager, Beatrice Arellano, was recently invited by Lafayette College to speak to current students about her career trajectory and role at DBI Projects. Read more
2024 Annual Company Meeting
April 25, 2024
Last week, we gathered for our annual company meeting. We dedicated time to reflect on the milestones and successes of 2023. Read more
Surety Consulting at DBI Projects
April 24, 2024
With a strategic focus on growth in the Surety sector, DBI Projects is commited to elevating our Surety Consulting services.  Read more
Drive Change Celebrates 10 Years & New Headquarters
April 23, 2024
Congratulations to Drive Change on their 10-year anniversary and official opening of their new NYC home – a night filled with joy, great music, and of course, amazing food cooked by the team of talented fellows. Read more
Welcome John Steele, DBI’s New Surety Practice Lead
April 11, 2024
John is a seasoned construction professional with over 25 years of experience providing project management and surety consulting services to a variety of developers, contractors, Fortune 500 companies, attorneys and Sureties. Read more
DBI to Attend AISNE’s Business and Operations Conference – Let’s Connect
April 4, 2024
Next week, Jennifer Koffel and Matthew O'Connell are headed to Norwood for the annual Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) Business and Operations Conference. Read more
Congratulations Darby Kline, Named a 2024 Women in Construction
March 31, 2024
Congratulations to Senior Project Manager, Darby Kline, RA, LEED AP, on her recognition as a 2024 Women in Construction from the New York Real Estate Journal. Read more
An Energetic SCUP North Atlantic Conference in Boston
March 27, 2024
This week we attended the SCUP North Atlantic Conference in Boston. Thanks to everyone for the great sessions and new connections.  Read more
Welcome Matthew O’Connell to DBI Boston.
March 21, 2024
We are excited to welcome Matthew O'Connell to DBI Boston. Matthew has been making buildings for over 35 years as a cross-functional professional serving a wide range of commercial, institutional, academic, and industrial clients. Read more
DBI Joins MAAM’s Building Museums Symposium
March 5, 2024
The MAAM Building Museums™ Symposium is a national symposium on the process, promise, and pitfalls of planning and managing museum capital building projects. Read more
Heading to SCUP’s North Atlantic Conference?
March 1, 2024
Heading to SCUP’s North Atlantic Conference? Join our session ‘Pace University’s 15 Beekman: Vertical Campuses in Dense Urban Environments’ Read more
Renelle Torrico Named NY Real Estate Journal Rising Star
February 28, 2024
We are excited to share that Renelle Torrico, DBI Project Executive and Head of Training, has been recognized as a Rising Star by the New York Real Estate Journal. Read more
A Successful SCUP After Hours Hosted at DBI Projects
February 7, 2024
Thanks to all who joined the second annual Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) NYC After Hours last Thursday!  Read more
Chris Tomlan Interviewed by Apeiron Construction Magazine
February 7, 2024
Recently, DBI Partner Christopher Tomlan was interviewed by Apeiron Construction magazine. During the interview Chris shared his insights into what makes our work effective and his journey as a project manager. Read more
Transforming St. Pius V into a Multi-Functional Campus for Seton and Brilla
January 23, 2024
Working alongside a fantastic team, we transformed a formerly vacant, 100-year-old property in the Bronx into a multi-functional campus for educational, residential, and office use. Read more
Flatbush Ascend Middle School Ready for Students
January 9, 2024
We’re thrilled that Ascend Learning’s Flatbush Ascend Middle School is complete and ready for students this Summer! Read more
DBI’s Recent Promotions: Congratulations Molly and Beatrice
December 21, 2023
Beatrice Arellano and Molly Rockhold have both shown a strong dedication to their work and clients, embodying DBI's key values of hungry, humble, and smart. Read more
Our Inaugral DBI Deep Dive – A Networking Evening Discussing Newlab
December 13, 2023
We hosted the inaugural DBI Deep Dive – a blend of networking and panel discussion, focused on projects that are of interest to our community. Read more
December 8, 2023
We are thrilled to have recently joined the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). Read more
Thanksgiving Spent with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
November 30, 2023
DBI Projects was honored to volunteer for our client, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC), during their Holiday Meal Giveaway by helping distribute more than 500 special meal packages to Kingsbridge families. Read more
Headwinds and Tailwinds: A Tale of Student Housing
November 29, 2023
In his article, Ofer discusses current market conditions for the development of student housing. While acknowledging the challenges, he also provides valuable perspectives on how to leverage the unique opportunities presented by the current environment. Read more
Cutting the Ribbon for Pace University’s New 27-Storey Tower in Lower Manhattan
October 13, 2023
Congratulations to Pace University on the official opening of 15 Beekman, their new student-centered academic and residential tower in lower Manhattan. Read more
Celebrating 100 Years with the Opening of International Elementary School
October 10, 2023
This week we will celebrate the ribbon cutting of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School’s International Elementary School. The opening of this new school marks the building’s 100th-year anniversary, breathing new life into spaces that were previously in disrepair. Read more
DBI Supports CIEE To Reopen Academic Facilities in Paris
October 5, 2023
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the oldest and largest nonprofit organization for study abroad and intercultural exchange in the U.S., partnered with DBI Projects to establish a new home for their Paris program. Read more
Bard College Secures $100M in Tax-Exempt Bond Financing
September 22, 2023
DBI Projects has worked closely with Bard College over the past two years as the College’s development manager to structure, procure, and close on financing that would strategically meet both short- and long-term needs of the College. Read more
DBI Projects Completes 20 School Projects this Summer
September 19, 2023
Summer is a busy time for us at DBI Projects. With schools closed for the break, it’s prime time for the completion of new educational facilities as well as the maintenance and renovation of existing buildings. Read more
PAC NYC Perelman Performing Arts Center Opens at the World Trade Center
September 13, 2023
We are so excited that the PAC NYC Perelman Performing Arts Center has opened at the World Trade Center. Read more
Margot Dirks Recognized as a Top Woman in Construction
September 6, 2023
Well done to Margot Dirks, Partner and Director at DBI Projects, for her recent recognition as a Top Woman in Construction by the New York Construction Report! Read more
DBI Boston Moves to the Pledge Building in Boston’s Back Bay
August 29, 2023
As of August 1, DBI’s Boston team is located in the historic Youth’s Companion Building at 209 Columbus Avenue, famous for being the birthplace of the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more
DBI Expand Mass Timber Efforts After Successful Completion of 69 A Street
August 24, 2023
In 2022, DBI Projects completed the management of 69 A Street, the first building in the U.S. to incorporate cross-laminated timber (CLT) into a renovation and vertical expansion. Read more
DBI’s Chris Tomlan On Post-Pandemic Real Estate Strategies For Academic Institutions
August 15, 2023
Last week, DBI’s Chris Tomlan was joined by Natalie Brooks (The Cooper Union), Demetrios Comodromos (Method Design), and Stephen Powers (Open Impact Real Estate) to participate in a panel discussion on post-pandemic real estate strategies for higher education institutions. Read more
Announcing Exciting Promotions in the DBI Team
July 13, 2023
We are pleased to announce some very well-deserved promotions within the DBI team! Recognizing hard work, and our key values of hungry, humble, and smart, they mark the continued development and growth of the firm.  Read more
July 13, 2023
We’re excited to share news about the rapid progress of our Brillante Academy project, recently securing financing for the completion of their new facilities. Read more
Juneteenth Celebrations in Hyde Park
June 19, 2023
Over the weekend DBI Boston was thrilled to be one of the sponsors of the West Fairmount Hill Community Group’s Juneteenth Joy celebration in Hyde Park. Read more
June 14, 2023
DBI Projects is incredibly excited to congratulate the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) for being announced as a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Large Capital Improvement Grant award recipient for the re-envisioning of their campus. Read more
June 7, 2023
We are very excited to share that our very own Laura Yang has been recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in the latest issue of the New York Real Estate Journal! Read more
Join us at the National Charter Schools Conference in Austin
June 1, 2023
DBI Projects' James Neu (Managing Director), Bryce Beckwith (Head of DBI's Austin Office), and Emily Puhnaty (Director of Business Development) are excited to attend the upcoming National Charter Schools Conference. Read more
Pace University Announces Naming Donation For 1 Pace Plaza East Performing Arts Project
May 24, 2023
DBI Projects is incredibly excited to see Pace University announce the Sands College of Performing Arts. Read more
Welcome DBI Projects Austin
March 8, 2023
As DBI continues its strategic growth, expansion into new regions across the country will bring our expertise in project management and real estate advisory services to growing markets. DBI’s latest expansion into Texas will be led by Senior Project Manager, Bryce Beckwith, and will focus our growth in Austin as well as other metroplexes and municipalities in Texas at large. Read more
Join Workshop on Facility Strategies for Charter Schools
March 3, 2023
Join James Neu of DBI Projects and industry-leading brokerage OPEN Impact Real Estate for this in-person charter school facilities management workshop, hosted by the NYC Charter School Center, designed to help schools strategize on procuring and developing affordable private facilities. Read more
Sneak Peek of Newlab and Ford’s Innovation Lab at Michigan Central
February 17, 2023
Axios has revealed a sneak peek of our new project with Newlab and Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Read more
DBI Projects is Honored to be Managing New Performing Arts Center Project at Bard College
November 3, 2022
We are honored and thrilled to be managing Bard College’s latest project: a Maya Lin-designed center for performing arts. Read more
DBI Projects is Thrilled to Join JNF-USA as the Project Direction Firm for the WZV in Israel
August 24, 2022
DBI Projects has been selected to drive the critical planning for the World Zionist Village, a 20-acre, educational and mixed-use campus under development by the Jewish National Fund-USA. Read more
DBI Projects wins Award for Community Engagement and Philanthropy
June 17, 2022
We at DBI Projects are humbled and honored to have been presented with the Community Engagement and Philanthropy Award by Anchin. Read more
The New School Project Paving the Way for KIPP NYC’s Portfolio in the Bronx
May 11, 2022
DBI Project’s recent fit-out of a 55,000-sf school for KIPP NYC at 501 Gerard Avenue marks a critical step in our ongoing support of the organization’s projects across the Bronx – a momentous initiative by KIPP NYC as it continues to provide opportunities to hundreds of young students in the area. Read more
March 2, 2022
In the latest issue of Commercial Observer, DBI Projects’ own Partner and Senior Director Mariela Abreu authored an op-ed on why Local Law 97 is a good thing for building owners in the long run. Read more
DBI Projects Helps Clean Energy Company Amogy Double Its Footprint at the Navy Yard
January 6, 2022
DBI Projects is helping clean energy start-up Amogy double its office space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, following a successful incubation period at Newlab – the ULI Award-winning project DBI completed in 2016. Read more
December 14, 2021
DBI Projects’ Jonah Stern recently spoke with Commercial Property Executive about the implications of Boston’s Building Energy Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO 2.0), which passed in October. Read more
Transforming Tenements into Ciszek Hall Jesuit Residential College
December 6, 2021
We partnered with the Society of Jesus, a Catholic order of priests and brothers, to transform the Ciszek Hall Jesuit Residential College in the Bronx, modernizing the two adjoining former tenement buildings for the first time in more than 25 years. Read more
Hebrew Public Teams With DBI Projects to Improve Facilities
November 8, 2021
We were initially engaged by Hebrew Public Charter Schools to perform an assessment of a development under construction in Harlem.  Read more
How to Achieve Well-Designed Student Residences
November 3, 2021
Fast Company included the DBI Projects-developed residences at Bard College Berlin as an example of good student housing in their latest story. Read more
October 28, 2021
The pandemic brought about many changes to our day-to-day life and norms, including how we utilize office space. The answer for many? Converting offices to labs for the burgeoning life science sector. Read more
When Scaffolding Handed Us Lemons, We Tapped Architects to Make Lemonade
July 12, 2021
The New York Times highlighted how the ever present “sidewalk shed” is being creatively reimagined, including COOKFOX Architects’ design to replace temporary scaffolding with a permanent curving canopy crowned with plants and greenery. Read more
Forging a Strategic Real Estate Alliance Between CIEE and the University of Maine
June 25, 2021
DBI Projects, CIEE’s corporate real estate asset manager and consultant, successfully executed a transaction with the University of Maine System for the lease of its former headquarters in Portland.  Read more
Now Is The Time To Re-Evaluate Your Real Estate
February 11, 2021
 In a piece for the Heller Fundraising Group, DBI Senior Project Manager Ricky Gautier discussed this phenomenon and outlined some of the ways DBI has been able to help our clients achieve new real estate heights during the past year: Read more
DBI Projects Wins ULI NY’s Excellence in Repositioning and Redevelopment Award
November 16, 2020
DBI Projects is thrilled to announce we have been presented with the Urban Land Institute New York’s 2020 Excellence in Repositioning and Redevelopment award for Newlab. Read more
Topping Out Boston’s First CLT Building
January 14, 2020
DBI Projects would like to congratulate our client, the Council on International Educational Exchange, as the final slab was placed in their new headquarters in Boston.  Read more
Classes Commence at DBI’s Latest Academic Project
January 7, 2020
DBI Projects unveiled a new campus and headquarters for Relay Graduate School of Education in a Landmarked building in Downtown Manhattan. Read more
Exalt Youth Opens New Headquarters
June 12, 2019
DBI Projects is proud to announce the opening of a new headquarters for NYC-based non-profit exalt.  Read more
Newlab is Open
July 12, 2016
On Tuesday, June 21 David Belt and many of the public officials instrumental in making the Newlab dream a reality were on hand for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Read more
St. Ann’s Warehouse Wins Design Awards
March 23, 2016
Over the last several weeks, St. Ann’s Warehouse – the Brooklyn theater completed in Fall 2015 – has garnered several important design awards for its innovative design.  Read more
Newlab’s Flagship Nears Completiong at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
February 22, 2016
Macro Sea’s multidisciplinary design and technology center in the heart of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is nearly complete. Read more
DBI Selected for PAC at World Trade Center Team
December 21, 2015
DBI Projects is honored to have been selected as the project manager for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC).  Read more
St. Ann’s Warehouse Opens
November 16, 2015
DBI is thrilled to announce the recent completion of a new theater for the performing arts organization, St. Ann’s Warehouse. Read more
Lowline Lab Opens to the Public
November 2, 2015
DBI Projects would like to announce the recent opening of the Lowline Lab on the Lower East Side. Read more
October 13, 2015
DBI is pleased to announce the recent completion of a renovation of the Cornelia Connelly Center’s Lower East Side middle school.  Read more
Liberty Science Center Secures 16 Acres for SciTech Scity
May 6, 2015
DBI Projects collaborated with Liberty Science Center in developing a detailed concept plan for SciTech Scity, a mixed use expansion of the highly regarded Liberty Science Center museum in Jersey City. Read more
DBI Engaged to Assemble PAC NYC Project Team
December 6, 2014
DBI has been chosen to manage the architect selection process for the new Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. Read more
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