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June 7, 2016

New York City Department of Design and Construction Receives Four Awards From the Construction Management Association of America

Projects in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn Recognized for Excellence

Shavone Williams
Public Information Officer

Dan Leibel
Junior Public Information Officer

New York, NY—Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced today that the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has received four awards for its projects from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Metro New York/New Jersey chapter. DDC’s work in redesigning Fordham Plaza and reconstructing West 215th Step Street won “Project of the Year” awards, while its renovations of Staten Island Museum’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center Building A and the NYC Department of Finance’s office at 345 Adams Street each received honorable mentions.

“Strengthening the diverse neighborhoods of New York City is at the heart of what we do,” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. “Our goal is to provide value to each neighborhood, but also to develop thoughtful, best-in-class civic projects. We are exceptionally proud to be honored by the CMAA, the leading industry group in this area, for our work for all New Yorkers.

DDC’s redesign of Fordham Plaza allows for improved vehicular circulation on East 189th Street and Webster Avenue, which achieves goals set forth in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan by relieving traffic congestion and improving safety for pedestrians. In total, 6,800 elementary and high school students travel through the hub while Fordham Road is traveled by 80,000 pedestrians daily. Additionally, the Plaza provides space for independent vendors to set up kiosks, ultimately allowing for job opportunities and increased community engagement. The Plaza was ceremonially opened to the public on January 20, 2016.

The Step Street on 215th in Inwood, Manhattan, originally built in 1915, has been an integral part of the community for a full century connecting Inwood residents to the subway and local businesses. DDC’s reconstruction of the Step Street added bike channels and repaired multiple years’ worth of cracked concrete. DDC also preserved two original cast-iron lamp posts, which were thoroughly restored after a rigorous review process in partnership with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in conditions comparable to their original installment in the early 20th century. The Step Street is accessible to all pedestrian traffic and expedites the journey between Park Terrace East and Broadway.

The renovation of Staten Island Museum’s Snug Harbor Building A positions the museum as a leader in sustainability. The museum is the first historic landmark building on Staten Island to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The facility utilizes a closed‐loop geothermal system, which uses the earth’s constant temperature and a series of circulating pumps, to heat and cool the building, minimizing the need for fossil fuels and reducing the Museum’s annual operating costs. The museum includes four galleries, an auditorium/performance venue, and classroom space for school field trips. The project also won a Lucy G. Moses award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy in April 2016 for excellence in historical restoration.

DDC’s inter-agency work was also highlighted by CMAA with an honorable mention for the renovation to the Department of Finance’s office at 345 Adams Street in Brooklyn. Completed in July 2015, the project was a full interior renovation of the office space, which encompassed refurbishing the 12th and 13th floors. The scope of work included custom millwork, laying terrazzo flooring, refinishing a marble fireplace and French door style windows, and refurbishing an 8 foot wide spiral staircase leading from the 12th to 13th floor.

About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $10 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, please visit