Part Of The Solution (POTS)

Part of the Solution (POTS) knew that their three-story addition—which would include the demolition of an adjacent building—would not be simple, logistically nor financially. They brought in About the Work who is known for their hands-on project management to lead the design process, oversee construction, and navigate the New York City Economic Development Corporation funding all while facing POTS's biggest hurdle: ensuring that they would remain fully operational during construction.

Recognizing that the complexities of the project matched the complexities of POTS's mission, ATW drove the design team to create a facility that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible to the POTS community. ATW understood the importance—and prioritized the creation—of a space that reflects POTS’s work while complimenting the original construction completed in 2011.

About Part of the Solutions (POTS)

POTS is a one-stop shop that assists individuals living in poverty on their journeys from crisis to stability, and ultimately to self-sufficiency. POTS is dedicated to providing a professional and hospitable environment where every interaction is based on compassion and respect.

Aware that any disruption to POTS’s work meant immense disruption to the clients it serves, ATW nimbly choreographed the demolition of the three-story building (plus cellar) next door, and the subsequent construction of a three-story structure to contain new offices and classrooms. Modifications to POTS’s existing building will include work on the elevator (a new floor stop will be added), the existing stair (one floor to be added), and MEPS tie-ins as needed, all while POTS remains fully operational.