Prior to launching her consulting career urban planning and historic preservation, Jennifer Schwartz Berky was a design and construction project manager in her native New York City. She oversaw the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of numerous major public cultural facilities and commercial structures. She brings this detailed knowledge of the design and construction process to her work at Hone Strategic.
The feasibility study may be the most important step in the successful development of a plan or project. Feasibility studies provide a solid method to decide the value and importance of a particular project. Our feasibility studies cover a thorough analysis of project requirements, costs, financials, market conditions, community and/or organizational needs, and project impacts. Our final product includes recommendations and next steps based on our study.
We have consulted with a number of cultural and nonprofit organizations to help them meet their goals. We offer guidance in board development, strategic planning, and improving organizational effectiveness.
Hone Strategic has successfully helped organizations win state and private grants. We provide grant-writing services and can help you develop a strategy to achieve your fundraising goals.
Hone Strategic provides consulting services for owners of historic buildings looking to substantially rehabilitate their properties. We provide comprehensive project development services, from pre-development planning through certificate of occupancy using Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Learn more here.
Our practice of historic preservation and planning has included a number of projects for cultural institutions. We have worked on a wide variety of endeavors, including:
Hone Strategic wrote successful grant proposals for New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities for programming, exhibitions, and collections management, as well as establishing the organizational capacity future proposals to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Hone Strategic successfully obtained a $250,000 New York Main Streets grant for the development of the Shadowland Theater's Second Stage. The proposal emphasized the organization's central role as an economic driver in the revitalization of this historic, culturally diverse community.
The Dunn Warehouse is an important historical and architectural landmark on Hudson’s waterfront. This project provided an in-depth analysis of existing conditions, regional market and economic trends, an adaptive reuse feasibility study, and a master plan with schematic design concepts. In July 2017, the City of Hudson was awarded $10 million in Capital Region Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds for its waterfront district based on the data-driven analysis and detailed recommendations of this study.
Hone Strategic led the D&H Canal Historical Society through a strategic planning and visioning process, wrote a successful grant proposal for $500,000 New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and obtained a matching grant from the Open Space Institute for acquisition of historic Depuy Canal House as new museum. Hone also oversaw the acquisition of the building through a complex series of negotiations.
Jennifer Schwartz Berky conducted a feasibility study of the Matthewis Persen house, a structure with additions spanning 350 years of Kingston, NY's history. Her recommendations for the facility as a heritage interpretive center were implemented in the adaptive reuse program. She also procured the award of the prestigious American Alliance of Museums' Museum Assessment Program peer review for the interpretive scheme of the facility.
Worked with consortium of five Ulster County arts organizations to prepare a conceptual, operational and business plan for the development of a shared collections management facility.
Authored a study of the Mid-Hudson Valley's "next economy" network for ReThink Local's collective impact strategy.
Oversaw the restoration of Building C (Cabrera/ Barricklo Architects) and 1884 trompe-l’oeil mural (EverGreene Painting Studios) an interior landmark at this U.S. National Register Landmark District and cultural center.
Jennifer managed bidding, negotiation, and construction for this historic Brooklyn waterfront district redevelopment project. She oversaw historic lobby and façade renovations. These were the first two buildings converted from manufacturing to office use in the initial reuse of DUMBO by David Walentas over two decades ago.
Oversaw design and construction of new Juilliard School entrance, Rose Hall, 65th Street North Bridge and new plaza at Lincoln Center.
Oversaw design by Poshek and Partners, architects, bidding, and construction on behalf of New York City government. This was the Zoo’s first adaptive reuse of the Heins & La Farge Astor Court exhibition buildings as administrative offices. The interior design highlighted the many Beaux Arts details.
Oversaw design and construction of extensive building rehabilitation, including exterior restoration, new roof, galleries, theater, ADA accessibility, and emergency egress. The Jamaica Center for the Arts is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been transformed into an urban cultural center that serves as a symbol of Jamaica's reawakening and acts as a magnet for businesses, shoppers, and residents returning to the downtown area. The Center's neo- Renaissance building features a 1,650 square foot visual arts gallery, a 99-seat proscenium theater, painting, dance and ceramics studios and soundproof music studios.
Oversaw set up of site project office, hiring of personnel, project finance, management, bidding, negotiation, contracts, design and construction coordination, scheduling, budget, payments and site supervision on $20M tower renovation. The setbacks and unusual floor plans in this Art Deco tower required careful attention to detail during design and construction. Casement windows could not be retained, so the fabrication of replacements to maintain the building’s fenestration design was an important feature in the renovation. This project was one of the first conversions of office buildings in the NYC Financial District from commercial to residential use.
Oversaw restoration design by Poshek and Partners, architects, bidding, and construction on behalf of New York City government. Work included window restoration, repointing, new roof, and rehabilitation of all exterior terra cotta details. Restoration was coordinated with extensive interior renovation projects and the connection to the new construction of the 60-story Carnegie Tower.
Project manager for the design and construction of new entrance, Sea Cliffs Exhibit (Goldstone and Hinz Architects), “Symphony of the Sea” percent-for-art project, and various other capital improvements at the aquarium. v
Oversaw design and construction of the Henry Kravis European Sculpture Galleries, which included a new addition and the restoration of the museum’s original south (brick) façade.
Good projects are driven by a clearly articulated vision and mission. Stakeholder participation is a crucial element of any planning process. Hone Strategic has worked with groups of all sizes to help them identify and prioritize their goals: community and organization leaders, citizens and community groups, business associations, students, religious congregations, and government bodies.