2021 AIANYS Excelsior Awards & AGC NYS Jeffrey J. Zogg Build NY Awards Program Booklet

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Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Palm Dome Restoration at the New York Botanical Garden New York, New York | Photo Credit: © The New York Botanical Garden

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Welcome to the American Institute of Architects New York State Excelsior & Professional Service Awards and the Associated General Contractors New York State Jeffrey J. Zogg Build NY & Distinguished Service Awards In 2017, AIANYS and AGC NYS came together for the first time to celebrate and honor projects and people throughout the state who have positively impacted public architecture and the construction industry. PAGE | 3

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THE AIA NEW YORK STATE EXCELSIOR & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARDS The AIANYS Excelsior Awards program, celebrating its 7th year, showcases design and professional excellence in publicly funded buildings, outdoor areas and public art throughout New York State. After reviewing 28 submissions, 10 projects were selected for an award in categories including Historic Preservation, New Construction and Public Art. The interdisciplinary jury evaluated the projects based on a set of three criteria: Firmness: demonstrating design based on sound architectural and engineering principles and responsible use of public funds to achieve the maximum public benefit; Commodity: demonstrating design that is functional and impactful, providing socio-economic benefits to the surrounding community and advancing the owner’s mission; and Delight: demonstrating design that achieves beauty and harmony through respect for the surrounding context, understanding and consideration of human scale, and satisfaction of user needs, both explicit and implicit. More than 90 different projects throughout New York State have been recognized over the past six years.

AIANYS EXCELSIOR AWARDS JURY Jury Chair | Karen Nichols, FAIA | Principal, Michael Graves Architecture and Design, Princeton, New Jersey Taewook Cha, RLA, ASLA | Founding Principal, Supermass Studio, New York, New York Gerard Wise, MBA, CCIM | President, Railroad Place Partners, L.P. and Associate Broker, Roohan Realty Commercial Services, Saratoga Springs, New York Jared M. Green, PE | Principal and Vice President, Langan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Moynihan Train Hall, New York New York (also on front and back cover) | Photo Credit: © Lucas Blair Simpson © SOM; Lucas Blair Simpson, Aaron Fedor © SOM

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National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University | Photo Credit: © James Ewing / JBSA

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THE AGC NYS JEFFREY J. ZOGG BUILD NEW YORK AWARDS In 1990, the Build New York Awards program was developed as a way to highlight the positive impact of the construction industry in New York State involving building and heavy/highway construction. On October 15, 2010 the AGC NYS Board of Directors adopted the resolution to rename the Build New York Awards the Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Awards, in honor of late AGC NYS President Jeffrey J. Zogg. This was done as a testament to Jeff’s nearly 40-year career of dedication and service to the association and a tribute to his drive for quality and recognition of the need to create partnerships within our industry. The award emphasizes the construction team, not only the general contractor or construction manager, but also many others—the owner, architect, engineer, subcontractors, suppliers, and craftspeople—who contribute to the success of the project. Since its inception, the Build New York Award winners have symbolized the best of construction projects in the state. Winning projects have included buildings and bridges large and small, new and renovations, public and private. Some projects are beautiful, others ordinary to the eye. But they all have one thing in common—they presented challenges that were met successfully by the winning company and the project team. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, the Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Awards are selected by a jury of industry peers. More than 135 different projects throughout New York State have been honored over the years. The granite award is displayed prominently in dozens of contractor and client offices throughout New York State.

AGC NYS JEFFREY J. ZOGG BUILD NY AWARDS JURY Jury Chairman | Tom Eckert, Retired | MLB Construction Claude Rounds, Vice President, Administration | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Jeff VanDenburgh, Assistant Director, Capital Program Management | State University Construction Fund Ron Bagoly, AIA, Principal | CSArch Ed Sheats Jr., Founder | Sheats & Bailey, PLLC Don Adams, PE, Partner/Senior Project Manager | Creighton Manning Engineering Mike Gargiulo, President | Citnalta Construction Anne Welliver-Hartsing, President | Welliver Larry Knapp, Regional Manager | PC Construction

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New Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York | Photo Credit: © Randall Perry

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Construction Contractor: E.W. Howell Co., LLC Owner: The New York Botanical Garden Architect: Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc. Engineer: Silman Engineers Photo Credit: © The New York Botanical Garden

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he renovation of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Palm Dome is central to the New York Botanical Garden’s mission to be a museum of living plant collections. The Conservatory is one of the nation’s preeminent examples of Victorian era glasshouses and the focal point of the Garden’s 250 acres. Built in 1902, the Conservatory has undergone renovations and upgrades throughout its history. The 55,000 sf Conservatory, an acre under glass, was designated a New York City Landmark in 1973 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1967.

The restoration, made possible by the support of the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust and both the City and State of New York, focuses on the central dome atop the Palms of the World Gallery. Scaffolding erected below the dome drum and an enclosed cylinder around the exterior of the drum enabled the work to take place efficiently, safeguard the laborers and plant specimens and act as a weatherproof barrier for the tropical collection below. The Dome Structural Restoration overcame many challenges. The compression ring, the main structural element, was partially accessible during design. Utilizing an aggressive schedule

in order to protect the plant collection, the construction had to be sequenced concurrently. Repairs affected the global stability of the structure and required shoring, which then affected the scaffold footprint and the plantings. Solving these constraints required multidisciplinary coordination. Complex and innovative, the restoration makes the building more energy efficient while respecting its landmark status. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Palm Dome is a landmark that is visited by millions year-round as one of the City’s top tourist attractions. l

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Construction Contractor: L&T Construction, Lancaster Development and Tully Construction Owner: New York State Department of Transportation - Region 9 Project Designers: New York State Department of Transportation; Bergman, McFarland Johnson, and Tom Phillips, PE, EIC Contributing Team Members: Jeff Kenyon, Project Manager ; Aaron Antonucci, Superintendent; Mavrick Micha, Superintendent; Casco Bay Steel Structures Photo Credit: © John Weaver, LDI and Randy Palmer, NEPA Aerial Photography

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eferred to as the Prospect Mountain Project, reconstruction of the intersection of Interstates 88 and 81 and State Route 17 in Binghamton, New York included nine center lane miles, six bridges, 7,260 tons of structural steel; 14,325 cubic yards of structural concrete; 23,940 cubic yards of concrete pavement and 13,000 lineal feet of noise wall. The bridges include two new ramps over the Chenango River, the replacement of a Viaduct with earthen embankment, two bridges over Route 7 and two over the Norfolk Southern Rail Yard. The rail yard remained active and was going through an expansion as construction was underway. Fourteen Precast Concrete Noise walls were built with over 1400 panels and posts to protect surrounding neighborhoods. Phase one included excavation for new traffic lanes. Portions of the cut slope had to be stabilized using a temporary soil nail wall. Phase two included a permanent soil nail wall, covered with

architectural shotcrete carved and stained to resemble local rock formations from Prospect Mountain. A three-dimensional model was built from plans and Electronic Data received from the New York State DOT for grading and earthwork to reduce rework, save time and fuel expense. The use of the model allowed engineers to check for any conflicts or issues in the project during pre-planning rather than discovering them in the field as work progressed. Phase two was completed under budget and nearly a year ahead of schedule. L&T developed and submitted two Value Engineering Change Proposals. One for the redesign of a noise wall to incorporate an existing retaining wall. The second changed the traffic phasing eliminating temporary work. The combination of these innovative approaches resulted in significant cost reductions and construction time reducing the impact to both taxpayers and local stakeholders. l

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Construction Manager: LeChase Construction Owner: Syracuse University Project Architect: SHoP Architects Project Engineer: M/E Engineering; Thornton Thomasetti Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Syracuse University; Steve Sartori and Jeremy Brinn

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yracuse University has long supported the country’s military. In World War I, the school established a student’s army training corps to teach skills helpful in the war effort. In 1944, the school’s chancellor helped draft the G.I. Bill that enabled millions of veterans to further their education. The Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building, home to the National Veterans Resource Center, furthers the university’s commitment to veterans and military-connected families. A first of its kind multi-use facility, NVRC is a center for research and programs aimed at enhancing the lives of veterans and serves as a community hub for student-veterans and the entire campus.

A striking addition to Syracuse University, the NVRC includes classrooms; meeting spaces; a 750-seat auditorium; gallery space; a café; a banquet area; offices for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and the Reserve Officer Training Corps; flexible space for use by community-based groups and outdoor parade grounds. The original design exceeded the 55 million dollar budget. A planned fourth floor was eliminated, and the project team offered suggestions that saved almost $14 million dollars—about 7 million dollars in savings came from changing the glass curtain wall grid from steel to aluminum and an additional 7 million

dollars was saved by utilizing shorter pieces of wood in place of the originally planned continuous curved glulam beams for the wood feature wall that surrounds the auditorium. This achieved a similar feel, reduced costs, and provided easier access to mechanical elements. Care was taken to use U.S. sourced materials and local resources. In addition, the facility was constructed according to Universal Design standards for accessibility. The project was built to LEED Gold® standards with special efforts to reduce waste and promote efficient operation. l

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Construction Contractor: MLB Construction Services, LLC Owner: New York State Racing Association Project Architect: SOSH Architects and Frost Hurff Architects Project Engineer: HM3 Engineering Consultants Contributing Team Members: MLB Construction Superintendent, Mike Washburn; MLB Construction Project Manager, Jeff Lino Photo Credit: © Sara Turoczy, MLB

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SARATOGA RACE COURSE 1863 CLUB Saratoga Springs, New York

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ith over 150 years of historical magnificence, the New York Racing Authorities’ Saratoga Race Course is one of the oldest sporting venues in the country. The 1863 Club sits on the original site of the once popular “At the Rail Tent” Pavilion. One of the largest investments made since the Clubhouse in 1928, The 1863 Club proved to be one of MLB’s toughest projects to date—completing the proposed two-year project in just nine months. The 52,488 square foot, three-story facility overlooks the track. The area below grade includes a kitchen, coolers and freezers, storage and offices. The first-floor banquet space called The Rail, accommodates up to 500 guests and provides access to trackside seating. Legends Hall, the second-floor club, accommodates 100 guests and provides a perfect view with floor to ceiling windows and walkout balconies. Also on the second floor, The Founders’ Room is

an exclusive member’s only club for box holders and a pedestrian bridge connects to the historic clubhouse and grandstand. The third floor offers six luxury suites designed for groups of 17 to 50; all including private balconies overlooking the racetrack, high-end finishes and access to the common bar and lounge area. Other notable features include flat screen TV’s and tablets with internet access for online betting capabilities and the Diversakore structural system and trackside curtain wall system to view the racetrack. A dedicated construction team consisting of Union and NYS Contractors, most of whom were based within 30 miles of Saratoga. MLB’s relationship with NYRA, the design team, the Unions, and their subcontractors helped drive and fortify their commitment to exceed expectations. With the workforce and craftsmen willing to work long hours, weekends and holidays, MLB had the winning ticket to make this project a success. l

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Construction Contractor: Posillico Civil, Inc. Owner: New York State Department of Transportation Project Designer: STV Incorporated Construction Inspection Firm: HDR Contributing Team Members: Universal Engineering Sciences, Materials Testing Lab; Northeast Structural Steel, Steel Demolition and Erection; J&A, Community Outreach (DBE) Photo Credit: © Nicholas Iaboni, Posillico

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onnecting two of the busiest highways in the country, the Alexander Hamilton Highbridge Interchange in the Bronx carries more than 120,000 vehicles daily. Part of a New York State DOT design-build contract, the team led a 138.8 million dollar rehabilitation of three interchanges that included more than 20 ramps, to add 75 years of service life. The original plan called for replacing each of the bridge decks over a series of full weekend closures. The Team proposed an innovative solution to keep traffic flowing, eliminating the risks involved with the demolition, repair, and replacement within a narrow timeframe of a weekend closure that could have financial penalties and cause traffic disruption. The Team met an ambitious schedule using accelerated bridge construction techniques placing prefabricated concrete decks into position. The design also employed several cost-effective measures to stay within budget, including the elimination of half the deck joints.

ule. The first, allowed additional time for Con Edison to relocate an uncharted gas main that impeded the reconstruction of a pier, adding 11 weeks to the schedule. New York State DOT added additional painting that increased the overall schedule by 9 weeks. Using Ultra-High-Performance Concrete, 50% of the roadway joints were eliminated, virtually eliminating future paint and structural steel deterioration under these joints. The owner also requested blasting and painting of the structural steel under the remaining operable joints to extend the overall life of the paint system and structural steel. The team successfully delivered the project through open communication and collaboration allowing for expedited decision making and issue resolution, opportunities for innovation, and tighter cost and schedule control. Using technology and face-to-face meetings, the team developed an effective partnership that quickly resolved emergent issues and coordinated approaches. l

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Construction Contractor: Turner Construction Company Owner: Union College Project Architect: EYP, Inc. Project Engineer: EYP, Inc. Contributing Team Members: Union College Facilities Department Photo Credit: © Zack Garrett, Turner Construction Company

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Schenectady, New York

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onsidered the “most ambitious and largest project in the Union College’s history,” the Integrated Science and Engineering Center was for a repeat client. The 142,000 square foot ISEC building houses state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, collaborative learning spaces and faculty offices. The facility emphasizes collaborative workspaces and includes areas for “science on display,” where spaces can be viewed through large glass windows. The centerpiece, a four-story light well, promotes visibility and connectedness among disciplines. New outdoor walkways, seating areas and expanded green space improve foot traffic and enhance the campus grounds. The project was constructed in multiple phases to eliminate potential impacts to campus activities.

The building features an acoustic wood paneling system from Switzerland at the top of the atrium. The panels had a long lead time and a high sensitivity to humidity requiring them to be installed last. To meet the schedule, partial occupancy of the building was required while installation of the panels occurred. A spider lift that fits through a standard doorway, reaches 70 feet to the top of the atrium, is battery operated eliminating electrical cords, and holds two people, allowed for a safe installation without disruption to facility operations. One of the most unique aspects and challenges of the project was connecting new construction into five existing buildings that range from 10 to 100 years old. The integration included selective demolition of an existing building facade to tie new

steel into the existing structure; removal of connector bridges, stair towers and elevators; removal of roofs and supporting structures; and excavation adjacent to and underpinning of foundations. This work was performed while having limited to no, “as-built” drawings for many of the existing buildings. The project demonstrated excellence in all aspects, putting the client’s needs above their own and making significant contributions to the local community. l

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Submitting Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Empire State Development General Contractor: Skanksa USA Civil MEP and FP Engineering, IT and Telecom: Jaros Baum & Bolles Civil and Geotechnical Engineering: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services Structural Engineering: Severud Associates Skylight Structural Engineering: Schlaich Bergermann Partner Historic Building Restoration: Building Conservation Associates Photo Credit: © Lucas Blair Simpson © SOM; Lucas Blair Simpson, Aaron Fedor © SOM; Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-17144; Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-15004

Historic Preservation | Honor Award


New York, New York

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1.6 billion dollar project, funded with 550 million dollars from the State; 420 million dollars from Amtrak, the MTA, the Port Authority and a federal grant; and 630 million dollars from developers, Moynihan Train Hall is a 255,000 square foot conversion of the landmark James A. Farley Post Office in Midtown Manhattan into a new transit hub. The modern design celebrates the historic building reversing the dark, overcrowded experience commuters endured at the existing Penn Station. It brings light to the concourses for the first time in more than 50 years, increases concourse space, and establishes a precedent for redefining historic architecture. The main hall transforms a once insular workplace into a new front door for New York. A monumental skylight that traverses the entire space is arranged in four catenary vaults that rest on a set of three historic trusses. A signature clock below the central truss recalls the golden age of railroad travel. Drawing inspiration

from the existing post office and Grand Central Terminal, the five grand entrances are adorned with Tennessee marble and the midblock passageway is adorned with ceiling murals by leading artists. Moynihan Hall offers access to tracks serving Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak, includes new ticketing, waiting and concession areas, restrooms, and concourse space. Accessibility was critical adding 11 escalators, 15 elevators, and 10 improved elevators to Penn Station. The adaptive reuse of the Farley Building included energy-efficient LED lighting, radiant flooring, and fully updated HVAC, plumbing and mechanical systems. The project is now seeking LEED Silver certification in the newly created LEED for Transit category. In restoring the grandeur of transportation in New York, it has become a symbol of hope, a civic icon, and a place that celebrates one of the world’s greatest cities. l

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Submitting Firm: Think! Architecture + Design MEP Engineering: New York Engineers Site, Civil Engineering: Mclaren Engineering Group Structural Engineering: Rodney D. Gibble Consulting Engineers General Contractor: Monadnock Construction Photo Credit: © Alexander Severin

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85 Bruckner Boulevard was significantly financed with public funding as part of Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to build affordable housing in New York City. Community Access, a New York City based non-profit, provides services and housing for people with developmental challenges. 985 Bruckner Boulevard, a new 215-unit building in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, houses a combination of low-income families, formerly homeless individuals and veterans, and people with mental illness supported by managed care. The building provides desperately needed, high-quality permanent housing that promotes social, recreational and learning through multi-purpose rooms, a child center, a learning kitchen, a bike room, a large fitness center and a garden. Community Access has a proven track record of successful, integrated social programs that serve to decentralize poverty, homelessness and mental illness, and to de-stigmatize these social conditions to the benefit of everyone living in the building and their neighbors.

This neighborhood is accustomed to predatory developers and a high degree of social ills. By creating a well-designed and welcoming residence that provides facilities open for community use, Community Access believes that building community internally helps build the community externally. The building’s programmatic relationship to Hunts Point and physical transparency connects it to the neighborhood, increasing safety and activity. The building integrates into a neighborhood of mixed heights and styles by using different materials, heights, planes and colors. A luminous stack of double height common rooms are at the heart of the building, creating a welcome break in long corridors and acting as a focal point for social interaction. One encounters these shared open spaces while exiting elevators, experiencing broad urban vistas and the constant vehicular movement of the Bruckner Expressway just beyond. At night, this stack of social spaces virtually glow, casting light onto the street below, and projecting hope. l

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Submitting Firm: Sage and Coombe Architects Structural Engineering: Severud Associates MEP, FP Engineering: JFK&M Consulting Group Landscape Architecture: MKW and Associates Civil and Geotechnical Engineering: Langan Cost Estimating: Toscano Clements Taylor Contractor: WWC Contracting Photo Credit: © Alexa Hoyer and Andrew Kao

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Staten Island, New York

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ne hundred percent publicly-funded and located at Ward’s Point, the “south pole” of New York City, the 4,500 square foot Conference House Park Pavilion complements the 17th century Conference House, a National Landmark, and provides a dramatic view of Raritan Bay. Replacing a deteriorated neo-Victorian-style pavilion, the existing pile structure was salvaged while elevating the deck eight feet to achieve the new Design Flood Elevation following Superstorm Sandy. Its simple function is mirrored in its effortless, elegant form, allowing an unobstructed view without overshadowing the historic setting. Composed of yellow cedar and polycarbonate gutters, the roof features an intentionally limited palette inspired by the historic house. The simplicity of the form is juxtaposed against a highly dynamic shape that reads differently as one moves through the space. The main structural beams ride above the undulating roof surface

creating a light, airy feeling when viewed from below. To maximize natural light, the pockets between the joists are roofed by a half round formed translucent polycarbonate gutter that sheds water to the harbor or rain garden on the shore. The deck is composite plastic lumber in a herringbone pattern, evoking a grand room and the rippling water below. Lighting is distributed in an abstract constellation—a continuation of the stars in the night sky above. The pavilion provides an accessible space and connects to the park with a ramp inspired by the nautical forms of a gangplank. Designed and built under the constraints of a public approval process, Conference House Park Pavilion is a testament that great architecture can be created within the parameters of limited budgets, strict labor laws, and public process and reinforces that civic architecture can and should be inspiring, beautiful, and open to everyone. l

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Submitting Firm: SHoP Architects Structural Engineering: Thornton Tomasetti Civil Engineering: GHD Group Mechanical and Plumbing Engineering: M/E Engineering LEED: M/E Engineering Acoustical Engineering: LSTN Consultants Geotechnical Engineering: John P. Stopen Engineering Landscape Architecture: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects General Contractor: LeChase Construction Services Photo Credit: © James Ewing / JBSA

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he National Veterans Resource Center’s construction cost was an estimated 62.5 million dollars of which 14.5 million dollars was funded by New York State through the Upstate Redevelopment Initiative. After World War II, Syracuse University opened its campus to returning veterans as a participant in the G.I. Bill and a profusion of service centers for veterans and military families were established across campus. The goal of the NVRC was to bring these functions together, fostering a sense of community and to serve as a gateway to the university. The lower levels house public functions, including lobby and gathering spaces, a gallery

dedicated to art by and for veterans, a café and an auditorium. Accessibility was paramount so all visitors share the same experience. Wood elements on the main levels provide a welcoming environment and express the grandeur of its role as a campus gate. Above the ground floor and mezzanine, in an airy glass box that reflects the clouds, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, ROTC and other centers are arranged around a green roof that serves as a private ceremonial center and parade ground. Once a long uphill walk outdoors, often in harsh winter conditions, students and visitors now have the option to enter the NVRC and use ramps up to the main

lobby half a level higher. A series of vitrines share the story of Syracuse and its commitment to veterans. The auditorium can host ceremonial occasions for the military, large lectures and performances for students and public programming for the community at large. The National Veterans Resource Center is a hub housing services to veterans and their families, academic centers for the study of their needs and spaces both for private gathering and for sharing their experiences with the community. l

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Submitting Firm: Mosaic Associates Architects MEP, Structural, Site & Civil Engineering: CHA Companies Technology System Design: Engineered Solutions Specialty Structural Engineering: Spring Line Design General Constructors: Bette + Cring Photo Credit: © Randall Perry

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ublic funds accounted for 30% and New York State public funding accounted for 20% of the 14.5 million dollar construction cost for the New Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills. Hudson Valley Community College set out to build a new training facility that supports greater enrollment in their Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, increases corporate engagement, and elevates the image of careers in manufacturing. CAMS is the only community college training program of its kind within 125 miles and has a 100 percent job placement rate. CAMS is a two-story, 37,000-square-foot structure that defines the southern edge of the campus. The exterior treatment marries the campus material palette with an industrial aesthetic. A glazed center atrium provides transparency, connecting the public entrance to the campus entrance. Unique glazing strategies lower energy use, maximize views, enhance safety and reduces glare. Curtainwall glazing at the faculty offices captures northern light and presents a sense of accessibility. The clerestory maximizes daylight and safety and minimizes glare. The manufacturing labs have open floor plans with large doors to allow equipment to be moved. Interior lab walls are ‘armored’ with perforated steel to protect against damage. To create an efficient, comfortable, and safe equipment layout, the design team researched the function of each machine and tool, including how people move around them, feed materials into them, and service them. In classrooms, demountable partitions open the space up for large events. Flexible office space allows manufacturers to work at the facility and recruit candidates. Highlighted within the building’s central core are student capstone projects and donor displays, including a Formula 1 race car that reinforces the positive career message. As Vice President of Allendale Machinery Systems Marty McGill said, “The Center represents the new image of what manufacturing is today: not just a job, but a well-respected and rewarding career.” l

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Submitting Firm: Dattner Architects Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: DVL Engineers Structural Engineering: Ysrael A. Seinuk Site Engineering: Philip Habib Associates Landscape Architecture: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects Photo Credit: © John Reis Photography and Vanni Archive

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iverside School for Makers and Artists, PS 191, is part of the Riverside Center Development. The multi-phase developer-led project included five buildings and adds over two million square feet of new housing, both affordable and market rate, to Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The community engagement allowed the local community board to include a school and publicly accessible open space—within this context of a Public-Private Partnership. The Riverside School for Makers and Artists, PS 191, is the first new public school in the Upper West Side in decades. The Pre-K through 8th grade facility serves 700 students and supports a STEAM educational program. The space is organized around a multistory atrium capped with a large skylight and the fully accessible school provides vertical transportation to all spaces. More than twenty classrooms suit individual grade levels and promote team-teaching and group learning. The art and music rooms, the science suite, library, gymnasium/auditorium, and caf-

eteria are shared by all students and integrate different program components to complement the age range. Two outdoor roof recreation spaces serve different age groups. The Pre-K/Kindergarten play roof is accessed directly off its complementary classrooms. With outdoor play roofs and a flexible indoor gymnasium space, recreation activities are easily incorporated into the daily schedule. Student circulation is internal and outdoor spaces are accessed through the school’s common areas. The Riverside School for Makers and Artists / PS 191 alleviates overcrowding issues, providing a robust and quality education for students. The school has engaged in partnering programs with organizations such as Reaching for the Arts, College Access for All, A Fair Shake for Youth, Counseling in School, and the Fordham University Stem Program. The school’s central atrium and large, open flexible spaces serve the school community and beyond. l PAGE | 35

Submitting Firm: LaBella Associates Engineering: LaBella Associates Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture: Environmental Design & Research Companies Contractor: LeChase Construction Photo Credit: © Don Cochran Photography and Gene Avallone

New Construction | Award of Merit


Rochester, New York

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ochester Institute of Technology was awarded 5 million dollars through the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program. Matching funds were raised through private philanthropy and through a generous donation made by 2009 RIT alumnus Austin McChord, who created a patented data recovery and backup device and later sold his company for 1.5 billion dollars. The total project cost was just over 21 million dollars. Delivered using a design-build contract, the project was completed on schedule despite pandemic delays. At three stories and over 50,000 square feet, the Global Cybersecurity Institute

includes classrooms, instructional and research labs, simulation and training rooms, student collaboration, community spaces and offices. A wall of fame highlights critical thinkers and influential persons that shaped the industry. The Experience Center provides a black box environment for students to display their work alongside famous encryption tools like the World War II German Enigma Machine. Akin to a NASA command center or situation room, the Cybersecurity Range teaches students how to combat cyber criminals and uphold national security during a cyber attack. The CSR provides a realistic stage for problem solving in a high pressure environment. Featuring a 40 foot digital display and connectivity to more than 15,000 virtual machines,

this learning environment creates a dynamic atmosphere which can be altered to intensify a scripted exercise and reward a successful trial. These environments provide contextualized learning and research opportunities focused on improving security for critical industries. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a leader in cybersecurity education and research, and is positioned to tackle the cybersecurity challenges facing our society. Analysts expect that by 2022, the global shortage of qualified cybersecurity employees will reach 1.8 million, in the next year, data breaches will cost the global economy as much as $2.1 trillion. l

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Submitted By: AECOM Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing,Structural and Communications Engineering: ARUP/AECOM Tunneling: ARUP/AECOM Construction Manager: WSP Photo Credit: © Robb Williamson

New Construction | Award of Merit


New York, New York

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ith public funding provided through the MTA, state funds and federal sources, the new subway line that runs the length of Manhattan from Hanover Square to 125th Street along Second Avenue provides subway access to the east side of Manhattan. Underserved by public transit for decades, it relieves congestion on the streets and on the severely overcrowded Lexington Avenue subway line. Phase one includes a new entrance at the 63rd Street and Lexington Ave Station and three new stations at 72nd,

86th, and 96th Streets on 2nd Ave. The stations are column free and configured to facilitate passengers’ orientation and navigation. Interior spaces emphasized a vertical transparency between multiple levels to encourage appreciation of the structure and reinforce a sense of safety and security. Ancillary buildings have been designed as primary points for supply and exhaust air to serve the station’s ventilation and smoke exhaust needs. As an integrated architectural-geotechnical solution to establishing building location, an end of block property was selected.

The new subway line provides the most efficient access to the rest of New York’s public transportation infrastructure system and the city. The new line creates new hubs of commercial activity around the station entrances and supports dynamic street activity. Easier access to the rest of the city makes the areas around the new stations more desirable for residential and commercial development. The architectural expression of the stations provides easily recognizable entrances and public squares. The ancillary buildings’ overall massing was designed to fit within the local architectural context. The use of high quality finishes on all buildings brings value to the surrounding neighborhoods. Station identity is further established through one-of-a-kind art installations anchoring each station. Monumental works of art commissioned specifically for this project collectively make Second Avenue Subway the largest permanent public art display in the state. l PAGE | 39

Submitting Firm: nARCHITECTS Landscape Architecture: Starr Whitehouse MEP and Civil Engineering: FPM Group Structural Engineering: Silman Lighting Design: Lumen Architecture Sustainability Consultant: Terrapin Bright Green Graphic Design: Tactile Exhibition Design: Tactile, AJA Architects Cost Estimating: Ellana Construction Manager: Elite Construction Company of New York General Contractor: Scalamandre Photo Credit: © Michael Moran

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t 330 feet in length, the linear one-story building provides stunning views of the dunes and Atlantic Ocean. An integration between architecture, landscape, ecology, engineering, and exhibition, the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center provides a laboratory for learning about how human engineering and nature intertwine. The building’s wave-like profile conveys waves in both energy and nature. The luminous interior is visually connected to its natural site, housing offices, support spaces, classrooms and an exhibition space that spills out onto a perimeter shaded canopy and amphitheater. The center provides an immersive educational experience with inclusivity as a core objective. The building reuses a demolished 1960s bathhouse’s pile foundation. Beachscape is reclaimed from 12 acres of demolished concrete parking, and is recycled and used for pavements, walkways and

sculpted dunes that help secure the site against erosion. Native and maritime plantings eliminate the need for irrigation and a portion of the plantings form a pollinator garden. The building glazing includes low-e coating and a UV interlayer to help prevent bird strikes. The building achieves net-zero through measures designed to generate and conserve energy. 260 rooftop solar photovoltaic panels generate renewable onsite carbon-free electricity. Geothermal heating and cooling systems eliminate reliance on carbon-based fuel. A building management system controls and monitors the building’s heating, cooling, lighting, and exhibit systems, prominently displaying the building’s real-time performance as part of the exhibition.

pointing towards a carbon neutral future for New York State. A gateway to Jones Beach, the facility educates visitors on how they can become stewards of the environment. In meeting NYS’s recently signed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s net-zero objectives almost thirty years before its targets, the building serves as a model for sustainable architecture. l

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Submitting Firm: JACOBSCHANG Architecture Structural Engineering: Silman Contractor: SMI Construction Management Fabricator: Maspeth Welding Illustrator: Clarisa Diaz at Gothamist Photo Credit: © Ryan Lahiff Illustration Artist: © Clarisa Diaz

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ublic funding came from Sea Grant New York, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Marine and Coastal District of New York Conservation, Education, and Research Grant Program. Accounting for less than half the cost, the shortfall was made up by team members donating their services.

surface for prepping bait, gutting and cleaning fish. Elements include solar panels for lighting, a non-potable water pump for cleaning surfaces, a measuring device for meeting the minimum 28” sea bass catch, knife slots, East River fish illustrations, and orientation signage. Since ease of installation was a factor, the bait station was built off-site.

Located along the East River Esplanade at 100th Street in upper Manhattan, this pilot project was initiated to assist an enthusiastic community of anglers that utilize this popular stretch of New York’s East River. The installation melds art, function, and community by providing a useful working bait station, and by bringing innovative design to a waterfront in need of investment and reinvention.

A local advocacy group asked for “a bait station that will surprise and delight all passersby.” This small amenity fulfills a need and calls attention to the lack of equity and environmental justice that has left the northern part of the East River Esplanade along the Harlem waterfront, unsafe and undeveloped. El Barrio Bait station stands as a symbol of vested interest in an underserved neighborhood and a reflection of a successful public/ private collaboration.

El Barrio Bait Station was designed to slip seamlessly through the vertical rails with only 1/4” tolerance on each side. Constructed of Corten steel to resist vandalism, it provides an ADA compliant

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The Associated General Contractors of New York State Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have provided extraordinary service, commitment and integrity to the construction industry.

Associated General Contractors New York State

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Ralph W. Johnson Retired Senior Vice President Turner Construction Company


alph joined the ranks at Turner Construction’s Chicago office as a field engineer, actively seeking and absorbing knowledge as he navigated the many cogs that spin the wheel of a formidable general building construction firm. He worked in field supervision, purchasing, estimating, project management and other areas on the way to the senior vice presidency with Turner. His pre-presidential posts with the AGC included serving as the president of the New York State Building Chapter and chairman of the Building Division. Ralph’s AGC presidential theme was “Constructors Leading the Way.”

“Ralph Johnson proved himself to be a great builder and leader. Ralph’s most enduring legacy is the impact he had coaching, mentoring, and providing guidance to others. Ralph’s dedication to service and active caring for others continue to serve as a model for leadership in our company and for the industry.” Peter J. Davoren, President & CEO Turner Construction Company

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The Henry Hobson Richardson Award recognizes AIA members licensed in NYS and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of NYS public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishments to that end.

AIA New York State Professional Service Awards

HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON AWARD Frank V. Sica, AIA Senior Vice President and Senior Project Manager, CannonDesign


rank is an incredibly gifted technical architect and team leader who has practiced in the profession for over 42 years. While he spent the early days of his career in Baltimore, he’s devoted most of his career and adult life to Buffalo, New York. Frank has completed dozens of successful projects in New York State, as well as across the globe and excels at many aspects of design with a special focus on public buildings in the higher education market. Frank has exhibited outstanding leadership and communication skills throughout his career. His broad base of expertise makes him an exemplary project manager and mentor. He is an incredible problem-solver, always finding win-win solutions that keep projects moving forward and committed to their original goals. Frank is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. He is currently a Senior Vice President and Senior Project Manager at CannonDesign and has been with the firm since 1996.

“In countless ways, Frank has made our state’s built environment stronger with contributions that are profound and clear in their significance.”

Frank’s commitment to the AIA is nothing short of extraordinary. Since 2000, He has served on the Executive Committee for a total of nine years; Treasurer from 2000-2001; President Elect from 2002-2003 and President in 2004. In 2006, when the Chapter was without a Treasurer, he returned to the Board and served in that role until 2008. Through his tenure on the Executive Committee, he ensured that the Chapter’s resources grew to the point where it is today—a chapter that has distinguished itself with the signature programs that address the needs of its diverse membership. Frank is a multi-dimensional architect, capable of driving value in many ways at different times. He loves completing big projects as much as he does small moments of counsel with young architects. His contributions to New York State’s built environment take numerous shapes and will echo for generations.

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The Henry Hobson Richardson Award recognizes AIA members licensed in NYS and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of NYS public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishments to that end.

AIA New York State Professional Service Awards

HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON AWARD William Stein, FAIA Senior Consulting Principal Dattner Architects


ill has a distinguished record of public projects and professional leadership that affirms his commitment to design excellence and civic engagement. He is a leader in advocating for sustainable design and is skilled at building consensus to realize complex urban projects.

In over 40 years at Dattner Architects, as a Principal and now as Senior Consulting Principal, Bill has led a wide range of notable affordable housing, education, recreation, and transportation projects that have had a transformative impact on New York’s communities, setting a standard of excellence in public architecture. Some examples include Public School 234—the first new school in lower Manhattan in decades that became a sought after school; Via Verde—a groundbreaking LEED Gold housing project in the South Bronx; and Steiner Studios—the largest TV / film production lot outside Hollywood revitalizing the Brooklyn Navy Yard and employs thousands. Throughout his career Bill has participated in the AIA and civic organizations. At the AIA New York Chapter, he served as Vice-President of the Chapter and as President of the Center for Architecture Foundation. “Bill has been instrumental in seeing through some of the most visible and important works of public architecture in New York across the boroughs.”

He is a Fellow of the AIA and served on the Chapter’s Fellows Committee. He is a board member of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council. At CHPC, he is a member of the Executive Committee, serves on the Zoning Committee and chaired the Green Buildings Committee. He served as an advisory board member of the New York Housing Conference and taught at Pratt Institute. Bill’s career exemplifies architecture in the service of society. A distinguished record of public projects and professional leadership affirms his commitment to design excellence and civic engagement. He is a leader in advocating for sustainable design and is skilled at building consensus to realize complex urban projects. His career provides a model for inclusive, community centered design. PAGE | 47

The Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Award recognizes licensed architects employed in the public sector in New York State whose work on projects within their jurisdiction has furthered the cause of design excellence in public architecture.

AIA New York State Professional Service Awards

NELSON ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER AWARD Angelyn Chandler, AIA Vice President for Planning New York Power Authority


ith over 18 years of experience in the public sector at the state and municipal levels, Angelyn’s work in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture ranges from large-scale park development to community-focused planning, design, and preservation. Under her leadership, both New York City and State have greatly expanded their green space and undertaken significant projects to reconstruct compromised and under-utilized sites and infrastructure as thriving public spaces. Currently a Vice President at the New York Power Authority, Angelyn leads New York State’s $300M Reimagine the Canals initiative. This program will adaptively reuse Erie Canal infrastructure to enhance economic development, recreation and tourism in upstate New York. Reimagine will also explore ways to mitigate the impacts of flooding and ice jams, restore ecosystems, and prevent the spread of invasive species. Prior to NYPA, Angelyn was a Vice President in the Capital division of the New York City Economic Development Corp., where her work focused on waterfront resilience.

“Angelyn has contributed enormously to the New York State public realm through her consistent advocacy for design excellence, spearheading environmental and waterfront resiliency for the state over the course of her career.”

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As Deputy Commissioner for Capital Programs at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Angelyn led the design and construction of new park facilities across New York State. These projects included visitor centers, environmental education facilities, public restrooms, cabins, trails, and public art. Angelyn spent twelve years at New York City Parks where she was a Capital Program Director leading the Community Parks Initiative, the reconstruction of New York City’s Beaches following Superstorm Sandy, and the development of Freshkills Park. Angelyn received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from Washington University, earned her Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and is a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She is a resident of New York City, and Hudson, New York, where she is actively engaged with local government and Future Hudson, a citizen planning group.

Presidential Citations are a privilege of the AIA New York State President. Unlike awards and other AIA recognitions that represent more formalized jury selection processes, Presidential Citations are expressions of the President’s viewpoint.

AIA New York State

PRESIDENTIAL CITATION Sandra Daigler, AIA Director of Upstate Planning, Design and Quality Assurance for DASNY


llya Azaroff, FAIA, the 2021 AIA New York State President, is honored to present Sandra L. Daigler, AIA, Director of Upstate Planning, Design and Quality Assurance for DASNY with a Presidential Citation for her unwavering commitment and dedication to AIA New York State and the Excelsior Awards program. Sandra has served the public all her professional life. Prior to her position as Director, Sandra held the positions of Associate Architect and Chief Architect at DASNY and has been with DASNY for over 20 years. Prior to joining DASNY, she was employed by the Design and Construction Group of the New York State Office of General Services as a Senior Architect for 16 years, and prior to that, she was an Assistant Architect for New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

“Sandy has been an invaluable leader of the Excelsior Awards program since its inception. Her strong commitment to design excellence in public architecture is evident in her work with the AIA and DASNY. She is the ideal public architect!”

Sandra’s commitment to her community and her profession are exemplified by her being DASNY’s liaison to AIA New York State where she chairs the quarterly joint AIANYS/DASNY meetings since 2015 but has been the liaison for almost 10 years. Sandra was the recipient of the AIA New York State Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Award in 2019. She was also honored by the Professional Women in Construction’s national organization at their August 2008 meeting. In addition, Sandra has been a mentor for young architects at DASNY in their summer intern program. Congratulations Sandra, AIA New York State thanks you for your many years of service and we wish you the best as you move toward the next chapter life brings to you.

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, FAIA Founder, AIANYS Excelsior Awards Program Director of Campus Planning, University at Buffalo

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AIA New York State is the voice of the architectural community and a resource for its members in service to society. It is American Institute of Architects New York State’s (AIANYS) Mission to represent architects and the profession of architecture in government and provide services to the membership. Architects within the profession saw a need for representation, to achieve influence and maintain the integrity of the profession for their needs in governmental bodies. The AIANYS Board of Directors come together as a means of a cumulative voice for over 9,500 members and oversee the various operational aspects and activities. The American Institute of Architects was founded in New York by Richard Upjohn with the goal to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.”

The Associated General Contractors of New York State is the leading voice of the building and heavy highway construction industry, representing contractors and related companies dedicated to the ideals of skill, integrity and responsibility. Membership in the AGC NYS provides you with the opportunities to participate in addressing and learning from all the issues and problems created by the complexity of New York State’s current and future current political, legal and regulatory environment.

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