General Theological Serminary - Desmond Tutu Educational Center

VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services through construction administration for three (3) land marked General Theological Seminary buildings on Chelsea Square in NY, NY, that were converted into a new 5-story Conference Center and Guest Residences named the Desmond Tutu Educational Center.

The vertical circulation involved the addition of two (2) new simplex traction elevators and modernization of one (1) existing traction elevator serving the facility. In addition, a new wheelchair lift was installed, one (1) existing dumbwaiter was modernized, and a new dumbwaiter was installed in an existing dumbwaiter shaft.

Project Info

Service Type

Modernization, Adaptive Reuse


Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP

Project Type

Academic, Historic/Landmark, Residential

Equipment Type



New York, NY

Completion Year


Key Personnel

Richard S. Sayah Vice President

Contact Info

Richard S. Sayah
Vice President
120 Eagle Rock Avenue
Suite 310
East Hanover, NJ 07936

Phone: 973-994-9220
Fax: 973-994-9220