Long Island University | Existing Bush-Brown Hall Renovation


As part of the Start-Up NY economic development program created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to stimulate job growth and promote partnerships between Long Island businesses and the higher education sector, LIU designated over 6,700 sq. ft. of its existing space at Bush-Brown Hall on the Brookville Campus to house eligible businesses in an incubator-type of setting while providing a full business administration and infrastructure support.

BBS was retained by the University to design and oversee the construction of the interior renovation and fit-out project at the historic Bush-Brown Hall, which was in part funded through a State grant. The scope of work included major renovations to the existing historic mansion to house business enterprises participating in the Start-Up NY initiative.

Based on the BBS design, the first floor of Bush-Brown Hall had existing walls demolished, and the floor layout reconfigured, including a new entrance/exit created at the rear of the building. Glass walls were installed at the various offices/incubator spaces to give the feeling of an open layout/modern space, while keeping with “historic” details and architectural vernacular of the original building, including elaborate crown moldings at the ceiling and various wood (trim) details. The overall BBS interior design and architectural solutions meticulously emulated the architectural vocabulary of the original Bush-Brown features while providing the latest MEP infrastructure and IT/data capacities. The new spaces truly represent the transition between old and new, and are highly interpretive of the original detailing and feel representational.