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July 2019

50 Years of Design: Transformation and Adaptive Reuse of Urban Spaces for LifeSci Research

by Christopher Zelisko, AIA, Principal 
Jack L. Gordon Architects

The scarcity and cost of available space for new construction in and around NYC exceeds that of perhaps any other major US city, a reality that poses a challenge to the future growth of the nascent Life Science industry here. While the biggest players will score the financing and locations to build large, dedicated research facilities, the opportunity for the majority of startups and growing mid-level players lies in NYC’s existing building stock, including aged and outdated office, factory and industrial buildings.

Having focused our firm’s expertise squarely on NYC and its environs for the past 50 years, Jack L. Gordon Architects (JLGA) has designed new life into many derelict and outdated buildings and spaces for a variety of uses, from retail to academic to research facilities.

Over the past decade, in particular, JLGA’s design teams have conquered the challenges and leveraged the opportunities involved in designing for the adaptive reuse of existing urban spaces for specialized and technically complex research laboratories—and we’ve learned a great deal along the way…

CHRISTOPHER ZELISKO NAMED FIRM PRINCIPAL

January 12, 2018

Architect Christopher Zelisko, AIA, a core member of the JLGA team for over 18 years, has been made a Principal of the firm.

Chris will take on an expanded role in overseeing and managing the primary activities of the firm’s design studio alongside founding Principal Jack Gordon, as well as in helping to shape its future growth and development.

“Chris has an exceptional ability to bring a project from vision and concept to a solution that pleases both clients and users,” said Jack Gordon in making this appointment. “I am pleased to recognize his many contributions to our clients and firm with this appointment.”

A graduate of The Cooper Union with a Bachelor in Architecture, Chris’ experience has included projects for NYU Langone Health, Mount Sinai Health Systems, and Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan; Poly Prep Country Day School and MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones) in Brooklyn.