Part of the Solution

Part of the Solution (POTS), a community facility that provides legal representation, social and medical services, and food resources for Bronx residents, has outgrown their existing 15,000sf space.

Assisting thousands of families and low-income individuals every year, the not-for-profit institution seeks to expand their services requiring higher-capacity learning environments as well as extra workspace for additional programs and organizations to join their cause.


Following a feasibility study of the adjacent site, this project developed a 7,000sf addition with internal connections to the existing building. To integrate the new three-story building and old structure, the addition’s façade extends above and over an existing stairwell interlocking the two volumes. The primarily brick façade is continued, in a darker, subtler color, preserving a uniform texture and grid while distinguishing the secondary structure.


Working with POTS through in-person interviews and on-site observations, a program was established that addresses the needs of the growing organization and their commitment to expanding their programming. This includes a new classroom space and offices on the first floor and a combination of open workspaces and private offices (as well as a divisible meeting room) on the second and third floors.


Bronx, NY


Part of the Solution



MFA Design Team

Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, Nicholas Desbiens, Jason Roberts, Peter Adams, Benjamin Hait, Spenser Krut

MEP/FP Engineers

Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer PC

Structural Engineers

Robert Silman Associates

Civil / Geotechnical

AKRF Engineers

Security / Telecommunications

Preda Consulting Engineer PC