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880 Willoughby Street

Brooklyn, NY

Affordable / Supportive Multi Family Residential


Camba & Camba Housing Ventures


OCV Architects


Brooklyn, NY

Completion date


This project involved the transformation of two existing four- and six-story warehouses into one residential / office / commercial space for CAMBA Housing Ventures. Serving low-income and formerly homeless individuals, the existing building was renovated and modified to adjoin a new five-story residential building, including a new two-story sky lighted center atrium and the replacement of all floor and roof construction. A “green roof” system was designed atop the existing building to provide a park-like atmosphere.

Quality Design Supporting Community Development

The structural framework incorporates concrete and masonry piers in the basement, cast iron columns on the first level, and wood trusses throughout the upper levels. Introducing stairs and elevators necessitated the creation of bulkheads and a novel flooring system. The reconstruction of the entire first floor facing the street was undertaken to accommodate expansive storefront glass walls. Connecting two buildings required pass-throughs at each level via connecting links. Considering the building’s proximity to an existing subway tunnel, collaboration with the NYC Transit Authority was crucial to develop a foundation solution preventing load transmission to the adjacent elevated train. Additionally, the entire sidewalk vault along the building’s exterior length was reconstructed.

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