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DDC Receives CMAA Award for Work on 120th Precinct in Staten Island

June 1, 2018

Ian Michaels

Long Island City, NY – Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced today that the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has selected the agency’s work on the 120th Precinct in Staten Island as its 2018 Project of the Year Award Honorable Mention in the category of “Owner Managed” projects. The award will be presented at the CMAA’s 2018 Scholarship and Awards Banquet scheduled on June 8th in Manhattan.

“Thank you to the CMAA, and thank you to all the dedicated DDC staff who worked on this project for NYPD and the people of Staten Island,” said Acting Commissioner Barrio. “The stationhouse is a beautiful building, and it was important to maintain its historic character while not interfering with the 24-hour work of the NYPD. Fortunately, we had a very good M/WBE contractor on the job.”

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Built in the early 1920s, the 120th Stationhouse serves the Staten Island communities of Stapleton, St. George and New Brighton.  The Italian renaissance-style building suffered from deteriorating back-up masonry and steel superstructure.

The restorative work to the structure’s terracotta façade included the wrought iron balcony railings over the entrance portico, the ornamental cornice, the terracotta cladding of all facades, the brick cladding at the rear facade and the concrete window sills.  The DDC team also replaced the roof to enhance thermal and moisture protection.

The contractor on the job was Metropolitan Construction Corp., a certified Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE). Owner Arif Soni has been in the construction industry for 36 years and has received two Lucy B. Moses Preservation awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for excellence in landmark preservation.

Soni supervised the replacement of the building’s terra cotta stone and brickwork, as well as the roof. Window sills were replaced with blue stone and lined with copper. Old mortar joints were replaced and stones that could be preserved were cleaned and repointed.

“You have to be slow and careful when cutting the stones,” the 65-year-old construction expert said. “You have to be meticulous.”

“The M/WBE program definitely helps minority firms,” said Soni, who helped deliver the project within its 18-month construction schedule. “As a participant, you never know what is going to come down the pipeline or who you’re going to meet. It’s great for growing business.”

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 long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $13 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