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BrooklynRider
May 10th, 2006, 09:25 AM
14 Winners of Building B’klyn Awards Named
by Brooklyn Eagle

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Releases 2006 Winners

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The new U.S. Courthouse, Rheingold Gardens Homes, the Jewish Children’s Museum and the new Dodge YMCA were among the winners of 2006 Building Brooklyn Awards, it was announced yesterday.
The annual competition, sponsored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, recognizes recently completed construction projects that have had a positive impact on the borough’s economy and quality of life. The 14 winning projects, their developers, builders and architects will be honored July 18 at the Brooklyn Museum.

“Brooklyn is booming with new residential, commercial and retail construction in almost every neighborhood,” said Chamber President Kenneth Adams. “This year, our Judging Committee selected 14 excellent projects out of more than 60 nominations. These awards remind us how much new investment is driving development all across the borough.”

The nine-member Judging Committee — an independent panel of Brooklyn-based architects, planners, economic development experts and city officials — made the selections. Projects were judged on overall aesthetic and design, positive economic impact, improving the quality of life, providing critical neighborhood services and amenities, demonstrating a commitment to quality design and pre-existing architectural character, and demonstrating an aesthetic sensitivity to the surrounding community. The following are the winners, listed by category:

• Arts and Culture: The Jewish Children’s Museum, a brand new 50,000-square-foot building with an interactive, multi-media repository of cultural narratives and artifacts, as well as an urban community center that will encourage understanding of Jewish history and culture through collective instruction and interaction. (Crown Heights)

• Brownfield Redevelopment: Rheingold Gardens Partnership Homes, a $22 million project that maximizes the use of abandoned lots and consists of 57 two-family homes, four three-family homes and 30 condominiums for a total of 91 homeownership opportunities. (Bushwick)

• Community Facility: Dodge YMCA, the $12 million new construction iand the first new YMCA built in the borough in 75 years. (Downtown Brooklyn)

• Education: Higgins Hall at Pratt Institute, a 140,000-square-foot academic building, occupied by Pratt’s School of Architecture. (Clinton Hill)

• Industrial: Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator, an important part of a plan to create an Advanced Biotechnology Park Adjacent to SUNY Downstate Medical Center and to develop biotech manufacturing in Brooklyn. (Prospect-Lefferts Gardens)

• Office: Waterfront Media Inc., a new office space for a rapidly growing, fast-paced media company that has been transformed into a fun place to work. (DUMBO)

• Parks & Open Space: Marion & Hopkinson Playground, a reconstruction project that connects the upper and once abandoned lower portions of the park and creates active recreational spaces for adults and children of all ages. (Ocean Hill)

• Public Works: United States Courthouse, a $200 million new building comprised of two basic architectural elements — a 15-story tower and a six-story link structure. (Downtown Brooklyn)

• Residential/1-5 Dwellings: Slot House, one of a number of modern infill projects which included a renovation of 1,000 square feet and created a two-family residence. (Fort Greene)

• Residential/Affordable: DeKalb Avenue Apartments, a newly constructed five-story, 55,000-square-foot building with 64 units housing approximately 120 residents. (Clinton Hill)

• Residential/Multi-fFmily: Studio 322 Condominiums, a newly-constructed building with six luxury units. The project created approximately 50 jobs for the 18 to 24 months it took to build. (Brooklyn Heights)

• Retail: Almandine Bakery, the renovation of an existing two-story former pepper factory space into an elegant modern bakery. (DUMBO)

• Honorable Mention for Unique Adaptive Reuse: United States Post Office and Courthouse, the newly redesigned building that now accommodates four primary tenants — the U.S. Bankruptcy Court; the U.S. Postal Service; the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and the U.S. Trustee. (Downtown Brooklyn)

•Honorable Mention for Unique Restoration: The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s exterior restoration, an $8.3 million major restoration and modernization of the 1908 building which is a significant community resource and catalyst for attracting new residents and businesses. (Fort Greene)