Natalie attends NYIT in their 5 year program for her Bachelors in Architecture and will be graduating in May of 2023. She joined our team in December 2021 and has been a great addition to the team. She aspires to become a commercial architect, specializing in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Tom attended New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and has worked with MDS since December, 2015. He is the Director of Architecture leading various projects, ensuring a quality and successful outcome.
Chaminade commissioned this new facility adjacent to their existing campus to better suit the needs of its students and the community. The project included demolition of the former auto dealership, on-site soil remediation, and construction of the new multi-level building served by an on-site parking field. Since construction, we have implemented integrated solar electric panels onto the metal standing seam roof.
This 70,000 square foot facility on a two-acre site houses the following:
Located at 195 Broadway, one of the main thoroughfares in the heart of the Lawrence residential community, this iconic building with its grand yet graceful pediment and ionic columns has been a part of the community for nearly a century. The building’s restored façade, cupola and clock tower stand tall and is the beacon for the diverse but tight-knit community. The original clock was no longer serviceable and was replaced with a back-lit LED, fully automated, weather-proof clock mechanism with a face and hands that were painstakingly designed to be a replica of the original. With this improvement, residents walking or driving through are now able to tell time day or night as the new clock tower glows in the night sky.
The Auditorium space is used for presentations, conferences, concerts and theatrical performances for both the student and school productions as well as local outside groups. No details were spared in this restoration project as students and guests are welcomed into the school building under new signage made in the Art Deco inspired font type to assist in wayfinding. In the secured vestibule, a visitor management system with a transaction window are installed to meet the demand of today’s security protocol. The lobby is adorned with original travertine walls and terrazzo floors that were impeccably cleaned and polished; the coffered plaster ceilings restored with new energy-saving LED pendants that provide ambient lighting to illuminate and accentuate the grand lobby with high ceilings. The side wings that lead to the guest toilet rooms received new finishes that reference the original lobby’s grandeur. The toilet rooms received LED School House light fixtures and Art Deco inspired glass and stone mosaic tiles.
The Auditorium has been meticulously restored throughout. The original trompe l’oeil paintings on the pilasters, proscenium and ceilings were restored by hand wherever there was damage. The gold accents on the capitals, decorative urns and medallions were hand painted to restore the designs to match the original.
Coffered ceilings have been restored and the original deteriorated one foot by one foot ceiling tiles were replaced with new high performance acoustic panels that blend into the ceiling for improved acoustic performance and to integrate the diffusers from the new high efficiency HVAC system. The original brass and crystal chandeliers and glass pendant lighting fixtures have been cleaned, polished, and rewired to accept new LED bulbs with the ability to be dimmed and integrated into the new state-of-the-art theatrical lighting system.
The single pane windows were replaced with energy efficient dual glazed windows that replicate the original design. Since the windows are high and not reachable without a lift, new motorized window shades are designed to be hidden in window pockets and invisible when not in used. With a touch of a button, the shades can be lowered and the Auditorium darkened and ready for performances and showings. The cutting-edge sound and lighting systems are mostly hidden but was an essential part of the project to bring the Auditorium into the modern era for today and tomorrow’s students. Students now enjoy the ability to incorporate different lighting and sound effects into their musical or theatrical productions in a setting reminiscent of traditional Broadway productions. The musical ensemble performances will now have the proper acoustic output and recording devices to maximize the performance and audience experience. The ability to control and tailor the lighting, sound and backdrop images to each individual performance not only benefits the student and audience experience, but the greater performing arts community that utilizes the space.
The result of this multi-phase project integrates 21st Century functional practices and the allure and glamour of the Art Deco era into a public building that is the crown jewel and point of pride for the Lawrence community.
Mark Design Studios Architecture PC provided professional architectural and design services for Levittown School District as part of an extensive capital improvement project to upgrade and modernize facilities throughout the District. Projects included:
Mark Design Studios Architecture PC designed a new Cafetia/All-Purpose Room & classroom addition at Hampton Elementary School. This project also includes a new synthetic turf field for the Varsity High School teams as well as renovation of the existing cafeteria space to repurpose into additional classrooms. The APR addition features a sloping metal roof with integrated solar PV system, new Kitchen and main space serving as a Cafeteria as well as APR for other curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Additional projects included an innovative new Fabrication Lab for Mineola High School. This unique space houses the robotics program and incorporates a seamless blend of glass-enclosed computer facilities, production/fabrication shop and mezzanine to add storage space to the former auto shop. Other projects at Mineola High School included renovation of the Band & Choral Rooms, Main Lobby renovation, new synthetic turf multi-sport athletic field and corridor locker replacement.
Mark Design Studios Architecture PC provided professional architectural and design services for Plainedge High School Fitness Center.
Nino’s Beach Mediterranean Restaurant, 43 Orchard Beach Blvd. Port Washington, NY 11050, is located on a geographically challenging site in the North Shore of Long Island, NY. The main structural system of the existing building was constructed directly above Manhasset Bay on a system of timber piers and decking that was recently restored by the owner of the marina.
Humidity and high wind were taken into careful consideration when designing for the restaurant. With patron comfort being one of the essential objectives in the design, we designed a flooring system using a structural insulation panels system with splines to attach each panel for greater stability and resistance to tidal movement.
The panels were comprised of marine-grade plywood, polyisocyanurate insulation and a low-emitting composite wood substrate flooring for enhanced moisture resistance. This allowed us to achieve a uniformly level floor while meeting energy code and providing a comfortable walking surface that could receive the designed floor finishes.
High performance windows and exterior doors provide for minimal extrusions to meet the demands of the climate as well as maximize the views. Custom folding glass doors were utilized to open the space to the south deck on fair weather days to allow patrons to enjoy unobstructed spectacular sunset views over the famed Manhasset Bay.
To protect the drainage pipes below the deck from freezing, electrical heat trace was utilized. Since the existing roof structure could not support the weight of the ventilation equipment required to provide energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; a system of elevated steel dunnage above the walk-in boxes were designed to support the mechanical equipment as well as to keep it elevated well above the flood plain.
These systems work in unison to resolve the challenges of the location while preserving the pristine views to the surrounding waterways.
Fiona started working with us in September, 2021 as an Interior Design Intern and now is currently in the position of Assistant Project Manager. She has her BFA degree in Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She has a positive and can-do attitude that fits right into our busy firm. Her impressive 3D modeling skills have already contributed greatly to help our clients visualize their projects into reality.
The High School Cafeteria Commons is a 7,000 sq. ft. space that includes booth seating with built-in charging stations and tables that offer areas for small groups to gather, eat and study together. A counter seating area, dubbed Refuel Counter, offers an abundance of natural light and allows busy students who are short on time to refuel quickly and move on to their other activities. A Quiet Café, situated apart from the main Commons, will allow students to have their meal while studying in a focused and quiet manner. Combined with an open floor plan and a landscaped outdoor Court, the new space will allow for flexible use by the PTA and after school club meetings.
The Commons can turn also into a Lecture Hall with the push of a button using the latest state-of-the-art Crestron AV system. Motorized projection screens and LED TV’s throughout the space become presentation and learning tools. Integrated motorized shades help control glare from the sun-drenched addition as needed; zoned JBL speakers and wireless mics were thoughtfully integrated into the design so students do not miss hearing a word in lecture mode; in another mode, soft music can be played in the background to create a soothing environment.
Mark Design Studios Architecture PC provided professional architectural and design services for Valley Stream 13 Wheeler Avenue Elementary School and Willow Road Elementary School Libraries.
Mark Design Studios Architecture PC provided professional architectural and design services for Harbor Country Day School. A private school from Pre-K – 8th grade.
A 656-unit affordable luxury residential complex located in Hauppauge, NY. A redesign of the existing apartments, plus a ground-up vision for the clubhouse, pool, fitness center and other newly built facilities, for a complete overhaul of the property into an attainable luxury development.
The complex offers five-star amenities including two resort-style swimming pools, a sports court, a dog park, an outdoor BBQ and dining area, a playground, and a fitness & wellness room complete with Matrix equipment. A clubhouse is positioned as the hub of the complex set among manicured and well-lit, park-like grounds.