The Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center recently announced the start of a major construction project that will transform the 37,000 square foot facility.

The project will take a full year to complete and is scheduled to begin in August. The new design will center on replacing the “Brutalist style” brick exterior with clear glass to open up a panoramic view of the facility. Next, the interior main public/gallery space will be retrofitted and transformed into a light-filled, high-tech, state of the art performance room, carefully calibrated, incorporating both cutting-edge architectural and acoustical design.

The project will be led by Imrey Studio LLC, a New York-based, woman-owned design studio founded by Celia Imrey. The architect of record, Eric Daniels, brings over 30 years of experience in architecture and interior design, with a focus on high-end residential and commercial projects.

Architect and acoustician John Storyk will provide architectural and acoustical consultation and planning on the project. Storyk is a founding partner and director of design at Walters Storyk Design Group, and is known as a leader in his field.