The new sustainably designed US headquarters for the Zwilling J.A. Henckels company in Pleasantville; a sleek house on Long Island’s Gardiners Bay with a second story built entirely of windows; and a sophisticated addition to a healthcare clinic in Peekskill: All are innovative, eco-friendly examples of Pleasantville-based Gallin Beeler Design Studio’s creativity and ingenuity that have – so far – garnered the firm two dozen awards.
Since 2012, Gallin Beeler’s eight-person office has been developing some of the most imaginative and environmentally sound buildings in the county and beyond. “Given the choice, I think it’s a no-brainer to try to be as sustainable and efficient as possible,” says Michael Gallin, who runs the firm jointly with Ray Beeler. “It’s critical in how we practice and in the buildings we produce.” The firm even utilizes digital designs and presentations as much as possible to cut down on unnecessary paper and printing for their projects.
Beeler notes that their imaginative rehabilitation and reuse of local sites are some of their proudest achievements. Two examples are the historic Pelham Picture House, now a vibrant regional film center after facing certain demolition, and the long-vacant Grand Union distribution center in Mount Kisco. After stabilizing and renovating the 500,000-square-foot structure, it’s now fully occupied with tenants like Grand Prix New York. “We’ve been able to turn these and other underutilized or at risk structures into environments that are an asset to Westchester County, and that’s exactly what we hope to continue doing.”