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2011 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2011

Construction of an Addition to the East Elmhurst Community Library

Construction of an Addition to the East Elmhurst Community Library Construction of an Addition to the East Elmhurst Community Library Construction of an Addition to the East Elmhurst Community Library



95-06 Astoria Boulevard, Queens
A Project of the Department of Design and Construction and Queens Library
Garrison Architects

The addition transforms the original 1970s library building inside and out. An elegantly detailed aluminum curtain wall system wraps the façade, and an extensive polycarbonate skylight above an interior courtyard bathes the currently dim reading rooms in natural light. Extending into the neighboring lot, the addition houses space for young adults, restrooms, a multipurpose assembly room, and a lush rear garden. Added storage space is camouflaged with an attractive Kynar-coated aluminum louvered façade with integrated supergraphics that proudly announce the library in a vibrant green intended to match the color of the Newtown Pippin apple, Elmhurst's own cultivar.

Design Team

Garrison Architects
James Garrison, Principal; Salvatore Tranchina, Project Manager; Jason Buchheit, Project Architect; Adam Beaulieu, Project Architect; Maria Escalera, Designer

Robert Silman Associates
Pat Arnett, Project Engineer; Tory Struck, Engineer

Plus Group Consulting Engineering
Marina Solovchuk, Principal; Imtiaz Mulla, Mechanical Principal; Chris Delgado, Senior Electrical Engineer

Wohl & O'Mara
Rocco J. DeFelippis, Principal; John Carbone, Engineer

Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture
Judith Heintz, Principal

Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Stephen D. Bernstein, Principal; Marty Salzberg, Senior Associate & Project Designer

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, Program Director; Gregory Pertsov RA, Deputy Program Director; Neal Pixley, Project Manager; Siglinde Stern, A+E Team Leader

Queens Library
Thomas Galante, Chief Executive Officer; Peter Magnani AIA, Director of Capital & Facilities Management; Richard Tobin, Project Manager; Jennifer Manley, Manager of Government & Community Affairs; Kwok Yim, Senior Project Manager & Design Commission Liaison