Ansche Chesed Synagogue

A Lighter and Brighter Space for an Upper West Side Congregation

We collaborated with Ansche Chesed Synagogue in the Upper West Side on their exciting $8M facility renovation. For this milestone project, the historic congregation wanted to make the facility more welcoming, increase accessibility for community members and make the spaces lighter and brighter. After being asked to join the project team at a challenging moment during construction, we established a new path to successful completion, so the congregation could enjoy their new space in time for the Jewish High Holidays.

Ansche Chesed’s current historic facility was built in 1927 by architect Edward I. Shire and contains a social hall (Hirsch Hall), the social hall annex (gym), and an attached six-story community house. We commenced work with Ansche Chesed during phase two of the project, which included Hirsch Hall, the social hall annex, 100th Street lobby, and the donor wall.

Upon joining the project, we developed a clear execution plan for board approval. We proceeded to manage that plan, including resolving pending construction scope items, overseeing corrective work, driving timely completion of remaining scope, structuring and aligning of funding sources and uses, administering cost control, and coordinating tenant and operational needs.

Through strong collaboration between us, the architect, the board and executive team, the general contractor, and the specialty consultants, the renovations were completed on time and the congregation has settled into their upgraded space.

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Emily Puhnaty, Director of Business Development & Communications