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2012 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2012

Far Rockaway Community Library

Far Rockaway Community Library Far Rockaway Community Library

1637 Central Avenue, Queens

A Project of the Department of Design and Construction and Queens Library


Since it was established in 1904, the Far Rockaway Community Library has been a well-loved community resource, counting among its users three Nobel Prize winners. The redesigned library doubles the size of the current facility and provides space for adult and children’s reading rooms, a large teen center, and a community meeting room. The library has a simple form with two defining negative spaces: a recessed corner entrance that draws visitors in and a central atrium that allows natural light throughout the interior. The glass façade features a tinted and textured gradient to evoke the sunset over the Rockaway coastline. In a neighborhood ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, this library is a beacon of community solidarity and promise.

Design Team 

Craig Dykers, Principal; Nathan McRae, Project Manager; Carrie Tsang, Designer; Nick Koster, Architect

Robert Silman Associates
Nat Oppenheimer, Principal; Pat Arnett, Associate; Jason Tipold, Senior Engineer

Altieri Sebor Weiber
Michael A. Freliech, Principal; Michael V. Miracolo, Project Manager; Robert Cancian, Project Engineer; Jeffrey M. Leavenworth, Project Engineer; David B. Lussier, Project Engineer

Atelier Ten
Nico Kienzl, Director; Emilie Hagen, Associate; Junko Nakagawa, Associate; Michael Esposito, Technical

Department of Design and Construction
David J. Burney FAIA, Commissioner; David A. Resnick AIA, Deputy Commissioner; Frank D’Arpino, Associate Commissioner; Eric Boorstyn AIA LEED AP, Associate Commissioner; Sergio Silveira RA, Assistant Commissioner; Faith Rose RA, Senior Design Liaison & Design Commission Liaison; Ron Tagliagambe RA, Director of Architecture; J Cohen PE, Program Director; Frank Kugler RA, Deputy Director of Architecture; Gregory Pertsov RA, Deputy Program Director; Grace Han, Design Liaison; Rene Tablante, Project Manager; Sueyan Lee Kim RA, A+E Team Leader

Queens Library
Thomas Galante, President & Chief Executive Officer; Peter Magnani AIA, Senior Vice President for Capital and Strategic Planning; Frank Genese AIA Vice President for Capital and Facilities Management; Kwok Yim PE, Director of Capital Program Management & Design Commission Liaison; Richard Tobin, Senior Project Manager; Jennifer Manley, Director of Government & Community Affairs