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Racanelli Construction Company, Inc. Completes Construction of The Brotherhood Sister Sol Community Center in Harlem

ByLinda W. Smith

May 19, 2022

Racanelli Construction Company, Inc. (Melville, NY, www.racanelliconstruction.com), a leader in construction management, general contracting, and design/build of commercial, industrial, retail projects , medical, prefab and multi-unit residential, recently completed construction of the Brotherhood Sister Sol Community Center in Harlem, New York. The 22,000 square foot facility also serves as the headquarters of the organization Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis). BroSis is a non-profit organization founded over 27 years ago with a mission to promote social justice, education, organizing and training focused on black and Latino youth. Located on W. 143rd Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, the building consists of five floors and a basement. Racanelli was the general contractor for the project which started on June 20, 2019 and was completed on May 5, 2022.

The project involved the construction of a state-of-the-art community center featuring a full commercial kitchen, a rooftop basketball court paid for by the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, dance and art rooms, a light room that overlooks a community garden and a back yard. patio with custom trellis and greenhouse. The building structure is comprised of a steel frame with concrete slabs over metal decks supporting rainscreen cladding, Bendheim glazing, curtain wall storefront windows, Nana Wall moveable glass walls and a Greenwall shade system on south elevation of property. All aspects of the architectural design are aimed at inspiring the youth of the community to expand their aspirations and have an environment in which to thrive.

In a statement on the project, BroSis Co-Founder and Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White said, “When this project began, I challenged our architects at Urban Architectural Initiatives to design a building that focused on the children’s enlightenment. Architecture tells you things. It speaks to the value of what is happening in this space.

Among the challenges was the construction of the building during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as integrating the different design visions into a buildable finished product. The project also required approval from the New York City Department of Building, New York City Fire Department, Department of Transportation, and special inspectors.

The new community center, valued at $20 million, was made possible through private donations, government grants and the goodwill of the local neighborhood.

Racanelli’s project team consisted of Project Director Nicholas Racanelli, Project Manager Jeff Kopping, Project Superintendent Anthony Mish, Assistant Project Manager Michael Aniboli, and Project Coordinator Jude Gluck.

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