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Rendering of the additions to Magazzino Italian Art’s campus | Image by J.C. Bragado & J. Mingorance

Magazzino looks to expand, Marist College’s physical therapy program gets accreditation, and more from the top business stories in the Valley.

Brown Harris Stevens Launches in the Hudson Valley

One of the leading real estate firms in the world, Brown Harris Stevens launches its Hudson operation after a successful merger with Halstead. All of the properties previously managed by Halstead Hudson Valley have been added to a sleek, redesigned Brown Harris Stevens website, and 10 Halstead agents and managers have joined the roster.

“We are proud to officially welcome all of the talented Halstead sales professionals from the Hudson Valley to Brown Harris Stevens,” says Bess Freedman, CEO. “As one powerful company, the new Brown Harris Stevens will benefit from more resources and reach, a larger global network, and unmatched services for our agents and clients.”


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The brokerage out of Hudson manages the sales of top-tier properties and brands like the Maker Hotel and the Nest. With a Hudson Valley real estate market booming, Brown Harris Stevens seeks to capitalize on the region’s market potential. It boasts the highest prices ever paid for a co-op, townhouse, and resale condo in Manhattan.

Rendering of the additions to Magazzino Italian Art’s campus | Image by J.C. Bragado & J. Mingorance

Magazzino Italian Art Expands

Cold Spring’s free Italian art museum is adding 13,000 square feet of space to its campus. Magazzino, meaning “warehouse” in Italian, has advanced the study of postwar and contemporary Italian art in the U.S. since it opened its doors in 2017. Through its curation of exhibits and its educational initiatives, Magazzino Italian Art installed a cultural-creative hub for artists and scholars alike in the Hudson Valley.

Magazzino acquired 3.5 additional acres to add to its campus. The team plans to build a new pavilion for special exhibitions. “Our program has grown increasingly ambitious over the past three-and-a-half years as we have grown as an institution,” says director Vittorio Calabrese. “The new pavilion will enable us to better serve our community with expanded resources for visitors and provides us flexible spaces so that we can expand our programmatic offerings in Cold Spring.”

Rendering of the new multipurpose room | Image by J.C. Bragado & J. Mingorance

Spanish architects Miguel Quismondo — who designed the original Magazzino building — and Alberto Campo Baeza designed the new additions. The pavilion sits nestled in a hillside of one of the Hudson Valley’s most charming riverfront towns. The construction not only adds exhibition space, but also visitor accommodations like a reading lounge and a cozy-chic café. The new space hosts the potential for film screenings, panel seminars, and other special multi-media events. Work on the additions will begin as early as the spring of 2021, and will not impact or stall programming at Magazzino.

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Rendering of new gallery space | Image by J.C. Bragado & J. Mingorance

“Conceived to complement the existing museum building and reflect its elegant and simple modern design, the new pavilion brings a new dimension to the museum’s evolving campus,” says Quismondo. “With strategically placed windows and skylights, the building introduces new opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the campus as it adds much needed space for the museum’s growing education and curatorial program and allows for the presentation of projects in new formats.”

Marist Students in the DPT Skills Lab. | Photo by Carlo de Jesus/Marist College (photo releases on file with School of Science)

Marist’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Receives Full Accreditation

Marist College has grown exponentially in the last few years, and adds a doctor of physical therapy to its repertoire of top-ranked accredited programs. The DPT program at Poughkeepsie’s waterfront campus has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for five years, a win for both the institution and aspiring health professionals studying there.

“Gaining full accreditation status without any citations and for a five-year period is an exceptional feat that is attributed to the dedication and excellent work of the faculty and staff and the support of the administration,” says DPT Program Director Dr. Claudia B. Fenderson in a recent press release. “We are gratified that we are able to send exceptionally qualified physical therapy graduates into the workforce.”

Marist DPT Students receiving hands-on training in the state-of-the-art Allied Health building | Photo by Carlo de Jesus/Marist College (photo releases on file with School of Science)

Marist’s DPT program admitted its first students in 2018, a group of individuals that will graduate in December 2020. The program consists of 36 months of didactic and clinical work, an experience full of hands-on skill development, ethics practice, clinical judgement honing, and more. The Hudson Valley invests in the next generation of physical therapists through Marist’s innovative program. Four full-time positions are rotated in an eight-to-ten-week cycle during the clinical phase, and the program stresses the importance of advocacy to both local and global communities.


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Vassar Brothers Unveils New Patient Pavilion

After much anticipation, Nuvance Health unveils its new addition to Vassar Brothers Medical Center this January. The 752,000-square-foot facility is one of the largest construction projects the City of Poughkeepsie has ever seen. Vassar Brothers’ Patient Pavilion features 264 private treatment rooms, a 30-room intensive care unit, 13 surgical suites, and an emergency and trauma center with 66 exam rooms.

“The new pavilion will serve all of us fortunate enough to call the Hudson Valley our home,” says Gregory Rakow, chairman of the board for Health Quest in a release. “It will become a landmark and asset for the community, a site known for excellent patient care, cutting-edge services and a home for our top-level medical staff.”

In addition to the implementation of state-of-the-art facilities, the new patient pavilion also introduces comfort amenities for patients and families. The 200-seat cafeteria serves hot meals with kitchen capabilities like a large pizza oven and espresso bar. Visitors and patients alike can enjoy a gorgeous terrace for outdoor dining. Every addition was made with an improved patient experience in mind. Once it’s safe to host larger events, the O’Shea Conference Center will host conferences and lectures and can accommodate up to 300 people.

Unlimited Tomorrow Named “Best in Business”

Unlimited Tomorrow, the Rhinebeck-based innovators of TrueLimb, have been recognized by Inc. Magazine’s inaugural “Best in Business” awards. This new initiative from the perennial tech magazine highlights smaller businesses that foster positive change and immense impact on their communities, the environment, and society at large.

In an especially challenging year for businesses, Inc. sought to celebrate accomplishments from fast-growing companies. “For Best in Business, companies have prioritized tacking today’s problems to lead us to a better future, even if they’ve struggled to stay in the black,” says editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk in a recent press release.

Inc. acknowledged the incredible achievement of TrueLimb, the personalized prosthetic arms that enable individuals with limb differences to perform advanced tasks like tying shoes and putting hair into a ponytail. The a lightweight, affordable prosthetic limbs offer the full independent movement of all five fingers, and come in 450 different shades to match any and every possible user. Unlimited Tomorrow sends clients a 3-D scanner to get every detail of their limbs perfect, and eliminates the need for anyone to leave their homes throughout the pandemic.

Easton LaChappelle started Unlimited Tomorrow in 2014, utilizing Dutchess County’s business support resources and proximity to Manhattan’s booming tech market. Since then, the company has grown from a solo operation to a dedicated 14-person team. LaChappelle was included in Forbes‘ most recent 30 Under 30 issue for his groundbreaking work to make a higher-powered prosthetic at a lower cost for users. The team at Unlimited Tomorrow works diligently to provide the best product possible using a direct-to-consumer model, unheard of in the bionic limb industry.

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