Green-Wood Cemetery and Brookland Capital Among Winners of Building Brooklyn Awards



    The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce last week announced the winners of its 2015 Building Brooklyn Awards. The annual event honors recently completed construction projects that improve Brooklyn in 13 categories.

    “The borough of Brooklyn is truly an innovation hub, where builders and designers can put their craft to use and enhance the city that surrounds them,” said Chamber President and CEO Carlo Scissura in a prepared statement. “These projects represent the creative influence and inventive culture that inhabit our borough.”

    The judging committee includes architects, city planners, economic development experts, business leaders — including Brownstoner’s publisher, Kael Goodman — and government officials. It meets every spring to select the winners.

    A celebration and ceremony will take place July 21 at the Kings Theatre. Guests of honor will be CEO of Industry City Andrew Kimball and NYC Department of City Planning Executive Director Purnima Kapur.

    The winners are:

    Green-Wood Cemetery won in the Arts and Culture category for its Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel Extension.

    Brookland Captial won in the Adaptive Reuse catogory for its renovation and restoration of 156 Broadway. The long-neglected and crumbling former cabinet factory was made over into eight loft-like condos. The exterior of the building was restored on the upper floors, and a new retail space created on the ground floor. You can read more about it here.

    BRIC Arts Media Center in Fort Greene won for Community Development.

    Steiner Studios, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, took the Economic Development award.

    St. Joseph’s College won in the Education category for its newly constructed Hill Center in Clinton Hill.

    Ace Theatrical Group won in the historic preservation category for its much-lauded restoration of Kings Theatre in Flatbush. The once-glorious theater had been closed for 40 years, and is now one of the star venues in Brooklyn. Read more about it here.

    Pratt Institute won won the Open Space award for its landscaping of the Pratt Engineering Quad in Clinton Hill.

    Duggal Visual Solutions won the Energy Efficiency award for its Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    The office complex at 1000 Dean Street and dining court at Berg’n in Crown Heights won for the Neighborhood Catalyst award. Selldorf Architects renovated and adapted the closed former Studebaker service station, built in the 1920s.

    The TD Bank Georgetown branch in Bergen Beach won in the Retail category.

    The Cypress Hills Development Corporation won in the Residential Affordable category for its Cypress Village Homes in the Cypress Hills section of East New York. The complex was designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning and contains 18 two-bedroom apartments.

    Marvel Architects’ “9 Townhouses” project won in the Residential Low Rise category. The modern townhouses are located on State Street in Boerum Hill. HS Development Partners LLC and Hamlin Ventures were the developers. You can read all about it here.

    The high rise project 388 Bridge Street won the Residential Multi-Family award. The Stahl Organization is the developer of the Downtown Brooklyn project.


    Above, 156 Broadway after its renovation. Photo by Cate Corcoran.


    Above, the formerly dilapidated factory building at 156 Broadway before its makeover. Photo by Cate Corcoran.


    Above, an interior photo of the loft-like condo complex inside 156 Broadway. Photo via Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Awards.


    Above, the new Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel Extension. Photo via Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Awards.


    Above, the restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush. Photo by Matt Lambros.

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    Above, 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights after its renovation. Photo by Selldorf Architects.


    Above, the completed affordable building Cypress Hills Village in Cypress Hills. Photo by Seong Kwon.


    The finished row of “9 Townhouses” on State Street in Boerum Hill. Photo by Cate Corcoran.


    Above, the skyscraper 388 Bridge Street, Brooklyn’s tallest building, in Downtown Brooklyn. Read more about it here. Photo by Rebecca Baird-Remba.

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