Building Brooklyn Awards Highlight Latest and Greatest Projects

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Visitor Center. Photo By Albert Vecerka/Esto via AIA

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    If you’re as into design as we are, you probably have a short list of your favorite Brooklyn buildings. If there’s one under construction or renovation you’ve recently added to your mental list, it may be a contender to win one of this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards.

    Now in its 16th year, the awards “honor projects and people that improve the landscape of Brooklyn and contribute to the community with flair and beauty,” in the words of Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

    Anyone can nominate a building — or a person — and the deadline for submissions has just been extended to April 1. Preservation, interior design, affordable housing, renovation and new buildings are all eligible, as long as the project was mostly completed in 2015.

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    A party at Duggal Greenhouse, a 2015 winner. Photo by Duggal Events

    The Weeksville Heritage Center by Caples Jefferson, the Sunset Park Material Recovery Center by Selldorf Architects, and Weiss/Manfredi’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center are just some of the many striking and innovative projects that have won in the past.

    The winners will be announced in the spring and honored at a ceremony July 19. The celebration will take place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse, itself a past award winner, boasting waterfront and bridge views.

    The fundraiser typically attracts 400 or 500 people, many in the real estate industry. The panel of judges is drawn from the worlds of architecture, city planning, economic development, and related fields.

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    Weeksville Heritage Center. Photo by Cate Corcoran

    The event is put on by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Brownstoner is a sponsor, and our publisher, Kael Goodman, is one of the judges.

    For more information about the event, go here. To nominate a project, go here.

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