2011-01-26 / Front Page

Queens Chamber Confers 25+ Building Awards

BY THOMAS COGAN

Stage K, the new soundstage at Kaufman Astoria Studios, was a winner at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner.  The new facility adds 20,000 feet of production space at KAS.  Winning the awards were Janson Design Group, the architect/engineer firm, and E.W. Howells, the builder/contractor.Stage K, the new soundstage at Kaufman Astoria Studios, was a winner at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner. The new facility adds 20,000 feet of production space at KAS. Winning the awards were Janson Design Group, the architect/engineer firm, and E.W. Howells, the builder/contractor.At the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner at Queens Theatre in the Park, commemorating the year 2010 although held in January 2011, more than 25 awards were conferred on new construction and rehabilitation in a variety of residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

 

A lifetime achievement award went to Frank Briguglio, principal of Briguglio Construction. The second-generation owner of a company started by his father in 1937; lately he has largely yielded operations to the next generation, personified by his daughter, Cristine.  All three generations have been or are chamber members.

 

The west building of New York Hospital Queens, formerly Booth Memorial Hospital, at the junction of Main Street and Booth Memorial Avenue in Flushing, received a QCC Building Hall of Fame award for meritorious new construction for its west building, which houses the vascular center.  Perkins Eastman is the architect/engineer firm; Barr & Barr Builders is the builder/contractor firm. A second award for meritorious new construction went to the Police Crisis Command Center & Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility at LaGuardia Airport, a Port Authority unit.  Architect/engineer is Donald Fram, FAIA; builder/contractor is Jim Moriarty Jr., T. Moriarty and Son Inc.This interior redesign at QCare, a medical clinic in Elmhurst, was a winner at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner.  Sunnyside’s Laura Heim Architects PC took the architect/engineer plaque, while New Wave Design & Contract was the winning builder/contractor.
This interior redesign at QCare, a medical clinic in Elmhurst, was a winner at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner. Sunnyside’s Laura Heim Architects PC took the architect/engineer plaque, while New Wave Design & Contract was the winning builder/contractor.

 

Other new construction winners included Stage K at Kaufman Astoria Studios Complex; the Consolidated Edison Newtown Substation; the D’Angelo Center at St. John’s University, and the combination of new and old that is MODA, a housing and shopping complex in Jamaica.  

 

The KAS structure, which devotes an additional 20,000 square feet of space to movie and television program production, is designed and engineered by Janson Design Group with E.W. Howell Inc. as builder/contractor.  The Con Edison Newtown Substation on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City is designed and engineered by the company, with D’Onofrio General Contracting Corp. as builder/contractor. D’Angelo Center is designed by Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, and suggests a mix of architectural styles.  Builder and contractor is F.J. Sciame Construction Co.  For The Dermot Company, owner of MODA, FXFowle Architects designed a large apartment building that abuts and includes the Queens County Family Courthouse, which has stood at 153rd Street and 89th Avenue since 1930.  Besides having the apartment house behind it, the old courthouse is flanked by new, low-level space for stores.  Bovis Lend Lease LMB is builder/contractor.  The project has also won a National Grid Green Award.

 

Building rehabilitation winners include Herald Mission Center in Flushing; Q-Care in Elmhurst; Yu Art Studio in Long Island City; the Ranshaw Building in Whitestone; Summit School in Jamaica, and Remsen Hall at Queens College.  

 

Herald Mission Center, at 39-07 Prince St., has a bright glass front designed by Lin & Associates Architects PC and built by Resort Construction Corp. for the owner, Pak Cheung Lo, Chinese Christian Herald Crusade.  Q-Care Affordable Medical Care PLLC, at 41-50 78th St., near the Elmhurst Medical Center, has interior design by Laura Heim Architect PLLC.  New Wave Design & Contracting Corp. built the design for the owner, Kevin Carlotten, M.D.  Yu Art Studio and Gallery, owned by Rainforest Art Foundation and located at 36-58 37th St., near Northern Boulevard, has been redesigned from a former industrial building by John Carusone Architect PC, with American Phoenix Development LLC the builder and contractor. Design by the Christopher Papa Architect firm and construction by Christom Construction Service Inc. won the QCC rehab mixed-use award for Ranshaw, a Whitestone heating and plumbing company at 151-01 14th Ave.Yu Art Studio and Gallery, a winner in the rehab category at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner, is redesigned from what was an industrial building on 37th Street near Northern Boulevard.  John Carusone Architect PC is the winning architect/engineer, American Phoenix Development the winning builder/contractor.
Photo Courtesy Queens Chamber of CommerceYu Art Studio and Gallery, a winner in the rehab category at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards dinner, is redesigned from what was an industrial building on 37th Street near Northern Boulevard. John Carusone Architect PC is the winning architect/engineer, American Phoenix Development the winning builder/contractor. Photo Courtesy Queens Chamber of Commerce

 

Frank Macchio, chairman of the awards committee and presenter of the awards, said of the contextual rehab done to the Summit School: “This job is so well done, you don’t even know it was done.”  The Summit School architect/engineer firm is Raymond Irrera & Associates; the builder/contractor is Cook & Krupa LLC.  An award for the renovation and addition done at Queens College’s Remsen Hall goes to Mitchell Giurgola Architects LLP and the builder/contractor, Jacobs Engineering.

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