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New York Construction Honors 46 of Region’s Best Projects

Panel of industry leaders picks Best of 2005 award winners

New York – A distinguished jury of industry leaders has selected 46 projects in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for Best of 2005 honors in New York Construction’s annual contest that recognizes design and construction excellence. New York Construction, the leading magazine for the region’s building industries, will publish profiles about each project in its December 2005 issue.

The independent jury selected the sweeping restoration of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle as the overall Project of the Year. Despite its relatively small scope, the circle beat out several larger and more expensive projects completed in 2005, because the jury appreciated not only the quality and complexity of the construction effort but also the broad transformation of what was an underused space into what has become a significant public amenity for city dwellers and tourists.

The jury also selected 13 Project of the Year Award winners in individual categories ranging from bridges to higher education. Another 32 projects – out of the nearly 130 submitted for consideration this year – earned honors as Award of Merit winners across 24 categories overall. See the attached list for the winners.

The jury evaluated projects based on detailed submissions that responded to the contest’s entry criteria. The jury had full discretion to review the projects, putting an emphasis on those that best achieved the design and construction goals, overcame extraordinary challenges, and demonstrated high levels of teamwork.

New York Construction will host its annual awards breakfast to recognize the team members on the 46 winning projects on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at 7 a.m. in the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.

New York Construction is one of 12 regional monthly magazines published by McGraw-Hill Construction across the country.

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New York Construction – Best of 2005 Award Winners

Project of the Year (overall):

Columbus Circle Reconstruction, Manhattan

Adaptive Reuse:

Best of 2005: 90 West Street, Manhattan

Award of Merit: U.S. Post Office and Courthouse at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

Award of Merit: Stonington Commons, Stonington, Conn.

Assisted Living Facilities:

Award of Merit: Kendal-on-Hudson, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

Award of Merit: Jacob Reingold Pavilion, Manhattan


Best of 2005: 3rd Avenue Bridge, Bronx and Manhattan

Award of Merit: Victory Bridge, Perth Amboy to Sayreville, N.J.

Award of Merit: New Croton Dam Spillway Bridge, Cortlandt, N.Y.


Best of 2005: Pierpont Morgan Library, Manhattan

Award of Merit: Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Conn.


Award of Merit: Griffiss Landfills No. 1 and No. 5, Rome, N.Y.

Healthcare and Hospitals:

Award of Merit: Bellevue Hospital Center Ambulatory Care Facility, Manhattan

Award of Merit: Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn

High-rise Residential:

Award of Merit: Columbia University Lenfest Hall, Manhattan

Higher Education:

Best of 2005: University of Connecticut SS&C Technologies Financial Accelerator Building, Hartford

Award of Merit: SUNY Cortland Glass Tower Hall, Cortland, N.Y.

Highway and Roadway:

Best of 2005: Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Rehabilitation – 25th Avenue to Broadway, Queens

Award of Merit: World War II Veterans Memorial Highway (Bennington-Hoosick Bypass), Hoosick, N.Y.

Award of Merit: Rt. 28 at Westfield Circle, Westfield, N.J.


Award of Merit: Turning Stone Casino Resort Tower Hotel, Verona, N.Y.


Award of Merit: New York Power Authority 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant, Queens

Interior Fit-out:

Award of Merit: Ann Taylor Corporate Headquarters, Manhattan

Award of Merit: Diageo North American Headquarters, Norwalk, Conn.


Best of 2005: West Midtown Ferry Terminal, Manhattan

Award of Merit: Port Imperial N.Y. Waterway Intermodal Ferry Terminal, Weehawken, N.J.

Mass Transit:

Best of 2005: Roosevelt Avenue -74th Street Station Complex, Queens

Award of Merit: Arch Street Shop and Yard, Queens


Best of 2005: 505 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan


Award of Merit: Hudson River Park – Clinton Cove Park & Pier 96 Boathouse, Manhattan

Public Works and Facilities:

Award of Merit: U.S. District Courthouse at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

Award of Merit: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Rehabilitation and Restoration:

Best of 2005: Essex County Courthouse, Newark, N.J.

Award of Merit: State Street Streetscape, Schenectady, N.Y.

Award of Merit: East 54th Street Recreation Center, Manhattan

Award of Merit: P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, Queens


Best of 2005: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Renovation & Addition, Manhattan

Award of Merit: Queens Supreme Court, Queens

Award of Merit: Kennedy Towers Apartments, Troy, N.Y.

Research Facility:

Best of 2005: Buffalo Life Sciences Complex, Buffalo, N.Y.

Award of Merit: Pfizer Pharmaceutical Clinical Research Facility, New Haven, Conn.


Award of Merit: Nintendo World, Manhattan

Schools – Pre-K to 12:

Best of 2005: Easton Elementary School, Easton, Conn.

Small Projects (under $10 million)

Best of 2005: Matrix Global Academy, Manhattan

Award of Merit: Utility Temples Maintenance Garages, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens

Systems and Technology:

Award of Merit: Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, Bronx

Members of the jury:

Peter Davoren, President and CEO, Turner Construction Company, New York

Maryanne Gridley, Executive Director, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Albany, N.Y.

Michael Kazan, Principal, Gruzen Samton, New York

Susan Labas, Member, Connecticut Building Congress Board of Directors, and Associate and Director of Marketing, van Zelm Heywood & Shadford Engineers, West Hartford, Conn.

Ken Levien, President, Levien and Co., New York

Joe Mannarino, Senior Vice President and Project Executive, LPCiminelli, Buffalo, N.Y.

Frank McArdle, Managing Director, General Contractors Association of New York, New York

Kevin McMahon, Chairman and CEO, Edwards and Kelcey, Morristown, N.J.

Angela Morello Lange, Treasurer, American Subcontractors Association of New Jersey and President, Landmark Fire Protection, Pine Brook, N.J.

Lawrence Ng, Associate Principal, Cesar Pelli & Associates, New Haven, Conn.