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2011 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2011

Reconstruction of the Flatbush Avenue Entrance and Terrace Café

Reconstruction of the Flatbush Avenue Entrance and Terrace Café Reconstruction of the Flatbush Avenue Entrance and Terrace Café Reconstruction of the Flatbush Avenue Entrance and Terrace Café



Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn
A Project of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Architecture Research Office

The redesign of the garden's southernmost entrance preserves the original Beaux Arts McKim, Mead & White arch, while reconfiguring the landscape with earthen berms to provide sound attenuation from the adjacent thoroughfares and incorporating a ticket office and a signature spring garden. The ticket office, which is oriented toward the forecourt, has façades of handcrafted brick, a clerestory window, a zinc standing-seam metal roof, and a welcoming, vivid green interior. Using a consistent design language, the new Terrace Café consolidates food preparation, storage, and counter service in a streamlined elliptical plan, all of which can be neatly enclosed at night with an integrated steel mesh curtain.

Design Team

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh, President & CEO; Paul Seck, Associate Principal; Nik Elkovitch, Associate; Conners Ladner, Designer

Architecture Research Office
Stephen Cassell, Principal-in-Charge; Megumi Tamanaha, Associate; Mandy LeBoeuf, Project Manager; James Henry, Designer; Annie Barrett, Designer; David Sobol, Designer; John Barrett, Designer; Danielle Brown, Designer; Neil Patel, Designer; Gustavo Colmenares, Intern; Adam Stehura, Intern

Altieri Sebor Wieber
Michael A. Freliech, Principal; Michael Miracolo, Project Engineer; Kazi Karim, Project Engineer

James N. Davella Consulting
James Davella, President

Weidlinger Associates
James Quinn, Principal; Sandra Forero, Civil Project Engineer; Greg Kelly, Director of Sustainable Design; Peter Koklanos, Structural Engineer; Jennifer Lee, Civil Engineer; Matt Waxman, Structural Engineer

Tillotson Design Associates
Suzan Tillotson, President; Ellen Sears, Principal

Department of Cultural Affairs
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner; Margaret Morton, Deputy Commissioner; Andrew Burmeister, Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects; David Bryant, Capital Project Manager & Design Commission Liaison

Department of Parks & Recreation
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner; Kevin Jeffrey, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects; Jonna Carmona-Graf, Chief of Capital Program Management; Nancy Prince, Deputy Chief of Design; Kevin Quinn RA, Director of Architecture; Alex Hart, Assistant Deputy Chief of Design; Daniel Grulich, Interagency Coordinator; Kevin Forma, Interagency Coordinator; Amie Uhrynowski, Design Commission Liaison

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Scot Medbury, President; Mark Gasparini, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Finance; Melanie Sifton, Vice President of Horticulture; Tracey Faireland, Director of Capital Projects; Mark Fisher, Director of Horticulture; Rudy Rudloff, Director of Facilities