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Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Opening of New Headquarters for The Brotherhood Sister Sol in Harlem

Gilbane served as the owner’s representative for the construction of a new building which is a national model for youth development.

NEW YORK, April 8, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Gilbane Building Company joined today New YorkYouth development and social justice non-profit organization The Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) to celebrate the opening of their new headquarters in Harlem. After a decade of planning, The Brotherhood Sister Sol welcomes young members and staff to their new state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a hub for policy development that positively impacts society. Carefully designed by Urban Architectural Initiatives, this center will further pursue BroSis’ mission and allow young people to grow, assert themselves and claim their identity and voice. Gilbane Building Company served as the owner’s representative for the project.

“Brotherhood Sister Sol provides a much-needed space for young people to learn, organize and grow, and we are proud to have played a part in building this center to help continue that tradition,” said Brennan Gilbane Koch, Director of Client Relations, Gilbane Building Company. “BroSis’ mission to nurture the next generation of thoughtful, passionate and forward-thinking leaders aligns with Gilbane’s own values ​​of integrity, care and, above all, dedication to excellence. We look forward to looking forward to the new headquarters serving as a hub to champion equity, inclusion and opportunity for our youth.”

“We are thrilled to have completed our new home – a true beacon for our community, a space that will allow us to expand our work in the intersectional areas of education, organizing and training, and a building that will be a model for the nation,” mentioned Khary Lazarre-White, co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood Sister Sol. “The construction effort has been a very difficult and complex process – the journey has been long and we celebrate its completion. This new center for our work is seven stories of space, 22,000 square feet, a temple to our mission – a teaching, contemplative, protective and practical house.”

For over 25 years, The Brotherhood Sister Sol has been at the forefront of social justice, educating, training and organizing to fight inequality and champion opportunity for all. With a focus on Black and Latinx youth, BroSis is where young people own the power of their history, identity, and community to create the future they want to see. The opening of this new 22,000 square foot capital project provides critical support to one of the leading citywide youth development organizations in New York City.

“Brotherhood Sister Sol is one of the most unique youth development organizations in the country,” said Harry Belafonte, artist and humanitarian. “I know their work well and they teach young people to be social changemakers, activists, artists and to be successful in life. Their work is transformational and their new building in Harlem will enable the further development of a vital institution. who works every day. day for fairness, equality and opportunity.”

Designed by architectural firm MWBE Urban Architectural Initiatives, built through a partnership between Racanelli Construction and APEX Building Group, also an MWBE, and with owner representative Gilbane Building Company, this new building serves as a national model for youth development .

“The new center was designed to further BroSis’ mission of creating positive environments where children can grow, assert themselves and develop a sense of belonging,” said Anthony K. Shitemi, director of urban architectural initiatives. “From floor to ceiling, every square foot of the center has been carefully conceptualized for maximum utilization. The most important aspect of the new center is less the objects that fill it, more the formed space in which a multitude of activities will take place. place and in which young lives will take shape.”

The Sisterhood Sol Fraternity Headquarters is reserved exclusively for community educational use to support its ongoing mission. The space includes a variety of thoughtful elements aimed at supporting the development of young people, including a double-height playground and a half-court basketball court located on the roof, a greenhouse and spaces for meditation, the arts, consulting, reflection, group meetings and presentations. A state-of-the-art space for the community, the new building also reuses brick and terra cotta from its old building, in an ode to historic Harlem architecture.

“We are so proud to have been part of such an exciting undertaking and such a historic moment for The Brotherhood Sister Sol. From the start this wasn’t just another building project for us, we knew what it was going to mean for the community”, mentioned Robert Horfordpresident of Apex Building Company and Nicolas Racanelli, President of Racanelli Construction. “Everyone involved poured their heart and soul into bringing this project to fruition. Despite its unique challenges, the building’s visionary design elements and quality construction will stand the test of time and have a huge impact on everyone who enters it. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this dream come true!”

BroSis’ ongoing mission includes holistic, long-term support services for youth ages eight to twenty-two, including educational support, long-term mentorship, addressing food insecurity, mental health care , financial aid, etc. This building provides expanded space to meet the growing demand for the organization’s services both for the local community and nationally.

“The Brotherhood Sister Sol is a brilliant institution, and I’m thrilled that their new home reflects the light and power they bring to the community,” said Marc Levin, president of the borough of Manhattan. “For generations to come, this space will provide essential support services and a sense of place for the youth of Upper Manhattan. Countless lives will be transformed here.”

The organization’s global programming offers four- to six-year rites of passage programs, after-school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training, preparation at university, employment opportunities, training in community organization and urban gardening. Since the start of the pandemic, The Brotherhood Sister Sol has also tackled food insecurity and distributed over one million meals to youth members and the surrounding community through 100 weekly food distributions. The new headquarters will further support the organization’s ongoing efforts to support young people and the next generation.

“The Sister Sol Fraternity is one of the best youth development organizations in the New York City,” mentioned Gale A. Brewer, member of the New York City Council. “From top management to frontline staff, the quality of their work with young people is unmatched. Having participated in youth green markets, summer camp programs and backyard celebration gatherings , it’s clear that BroSis prepares young people for both their studies and life on campus.BroSis is an organization where innovative ideas are realized with distinction, and I’m thrilled to unveil their new facility in Harlem.

For more information, please visit and follow The Brotherhood Sister Sol on social media @BroSis512.

About the Sister Sol Brotherhood
For more than 25 years, Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) has been at the forefront of social justice, educating, training and organizing to fight inequality and champion opportunity for all. With a focus on Black and Latinx youth, BroSis is where young people own the power of their history, identity, and community to create the future they want to see. Through round-the-clock supports, comprehensive programs, and far-reaching opportunities, BroSis gives young people a space to transform their lives and their communities. By training educators across the country and around the world and organizing a community of change-makers, BroSis is building on its legacy of youth-led activism to achieve a more just and equitable future.

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full range of construction and facilities related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consultancy capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and contract management services. facilities – for customers in various markets. Founded in 1870 and still a private family business, Gilbane has over 45 offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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