2017-12-13 / Front Page

Queens Chamber Holds Annual Buildings Award Gala

By Thomas Cogan

When opening the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Building Awards Gala last week, Tom Grech, QCC’s president and CEO, said that it might be the biggest one yet.  There were several awards for buildings and one for the Gala Honoree.  The building awards were presented for several ventures in new construction; rehabilitation and re-adaptive use; and interior design.  Construction was residential, commercial and institutional, with one residential building being described as “100 percent affordable,” thus attempting good design for residents plainly classified as low-rent.  Grech was joined by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the keynote speaker, Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler.

The winner of the Gala Honoree plaque was Michael Viggiano, executive vice president for Skanska U.S. Civil Northeast Inc.  Viggiano has been with Skanska since 1993, when he began as a field engineer.  His succeeding posts included project engineer, project manager, vice president of operations and senior vice president/general manager.  He has done a lot of work with rail facilities, having overseen modernization of the 34th Street/Penn Station and Times Square subway stations and the design build of the Corona Maintenance Facility and Yard.  Skanska Northeast’s operations have averaged more than $800 million in revenue in the past three years. 

Rick Chandler said that at the DOB he tries to strike a balance between development and safety.  By March of next year, all workers will have to have safety training.  Too many of them are seriously injured or killed from not wearing safety devices properly.  He said there’s a similar drive to get after “bad actors” in the trade.  He said the effort is succeeding and called this “the best time” for him in his 20 years at the DOB, as guidelines are being set to achieve “zero casualties.”

He brought up the Construction Dashboard that looks at construction and demolition on the Web site (www1,nyc.gov/site/buildings).  In fact, he said, it can process documents electronically.  He said he can hardly wait for the day when the long lines of applicants outside the DOB offices are gone forever.

 

Here are the 2017 award winners.

 

The winner under the category, New Construction, single and two-family residences, is 129 Beach 36th St. in the Rockaways.  The owner is Laurie Weissman Austin; the architect, T.F. Cusanelli & Filletti Architects: and the builder Chait Builders Inc.

 

The New Construction, multi-family high-rise, four or more stories winner is The L@31st Drive in Astoria.  The owner is The L Group; the architect is Gerald J. Caliendo, RA, PC and the builder is Showcase Design Corp.

 

The Interior Design, mixed use, residential/commercial/industrial winner is Graffiti House, 11-07 Welling Court in Astoria.  The architect is Architects Studio and the builder is AKI Development.

 

 The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition, single residence one family detached up to 3,000 square feet prize went to multiple dwelling, affordable housing prize goes to The Pavilion at Locust Manor.  The owner is D&F Development; the architect is Gerald J. Caliendo, RA, PC; and the builder is D&F Construction Group. 

 

The winner of the New Construction, mixed use, residential/commercial/industrial is The Jackson, at Jackson Avenue and 21st Street in Long Island City.  The owner is Charney Construction & Development LLC; the architect is Fogarty Finger: and the builder is 10ak Contracting.   Unlike The Pavilion, The Jackson is a long way upmarket.  The lowest price for a one-bedroom condominium is $865,000. 

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition office building category won a plaque for Gerald J. Caliendo Architects Building, 138-72 Queens Boulevard, Briarwood.  Owner and architect, Gerald J. Caliendo; builder, Builder Impact Builders.  This building was once a taxpayer, but Caliendo raised it from one story to four, with rooftop.  He put in a Turkish curtain wall that allows unimpeded vision from inside to the street.  He says forthrightly, “It’s an architect’s building, so I wanted   it to look slick, and I wanted it to look industrial.  I wanted it to be the best building on Queens Boulevard.”

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition public building award went to VIP 5th Ave Club, Resorts World Casino, NYC.  The owner is Resorts World Casino NYC; the architect is Architects Rule, P.C.; the builder is D’Amato Builders and Advisors, LLC. 

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition, commercial building award went to National and Alamo Car Rental Facility.  The owner is Enterprise Holdings Inc.; the architect is Graf & Lewent Architects; the builder is ICS Builders. 

The New Construction, healthcare related facility award went to Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion on 30th Avenue in Astoria.  The owner is Mount Sinai Hospital/Queens Campus; the architect is NK Architects; and the builder is Skanska USA Building.  Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens said that this $175 million campus expansion   “gave us an opportunity think about the future. . . .We knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so we took advantage of it.”

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition healthcare related award goes to Genesis Renal Services.  The owner is Nathan Brachfeld; the architect is Zambrano Architectural Design LLC; and the builder is Fazio Construction Co. Group.  This 24-station dialysis center in an industrial/residential neighborhood, was formerly a cabinet shop.

The Open or Enclosed Public Space, religious building award went to the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens.  The owner is the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens; the architect is Kenny Lee Architect; the builder is Nextcom Construction Inc.

The Interior Design, office building award went to Woori America Bank.  The owner is Woori America Bank; the architect is Kyu Lee Architect PC; the builder is Nextcom Construction Inc.

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition, residences, one- or two-family attached award went to 162 Residence.  The owner is Jianfang Zhen; the architect is John C. Chen Architect PLLC; and the builder is TBC Construction Inc.

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition, single and two-family residence plaque went to Mikail Residence.  The owners are Samuel and Reena Mikail; the architect is Gino O. Longo R.A.; the builder is Almonte Home Improvements.

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition, single residence one family detached up to 3,000 square feet prize went to Heyin Lin Residence.  The owner is Heyin Lin; the architect is John C. Chen Architect PLLC; the builder is TBC Construction Inc.

The Rehabilitation, Re-adaptive Use, Alteration or Addition, single residence one family detached up to 3,000 square feet prize went to Chan Residence.  The owner is Kwok Yiu Chan; the architect is Architect P.C.; and the builder is Shin Yang Construction.

The New Construction, single residence over 3,000 square feet award went to Browvale Development Residence.  The owner is Browvale Development LLC; the architect is Frank Petruso Architect PC; the builder is O’Sullivan Builders & Developers Inc.

The New Construction, residence, one- or two-family attached award went to Dorrian Residence.  The owner is Tom Dorrian; the architect is Frank Petruso Architect PC; and the builder is Artistic Design Corp.

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