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January 25, 2017

DDC Project at Harper Street DOT Yard in Queens Receives 2018 Design Award From AIANY

Dan Leibel

New York, NY – The American Institute of Architects New York chapter (AIANY) has selected the new environmentally friendly transformer building at Harper Street Yard as a Merit winner of its 2018 Design Awards. The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) managed the project for the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT).

Students at PS 127
The new structure near where the Whitestone Expressway passes over Northern Boulevard (photo by Frank Oudeman)

The structure houses a new electrical distribution system for the facility connected to the local Con Edison power grid, phasing out generators that had previously been used to supply power to the yard’s asphalt plant.

The building also includes a green roof which insulates and cools the transformers during the changing seasons.

The transformer building at DOT’s Harper Street Yard was designed in partnership with DDC’s consultant nArchitects.

Students at PS 127
The new transformer building at the Harper Street Yard (photo by nArchitects)

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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 $15 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