Dattner Architects had the recent honor of receiving two significant awards at the Queens & Bronx Building Association (QBBA) Gala.
Located in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, our design for 50 Penn was recognized with a QBBA Building Award for its elegant design on a complicated site. The transit-oriented, mixed-use development sits adjacent to the elevated J/Z Subway and the below-grade A/C Subway. As a former industrial site, it was remediated through the Brownfield Cleanup Program. 50 Penn includes 218 apartments, 42 of which are dedicated to formerly homeless and elderly households. Commercial and retail spaces activate the ground floor, including a health-food grocery store developed through New York City’s FRESH program which promotes nutritious, affordable, and fresh food in underserved neighborhoods.
We were also honored with the first-ever QBBA Bronx Borough President’s Award for 425 Grand Concourse. Borough President Gibson’s Deputy BP, Janet Peguero, complimented the building design in her remarks as a gateway to the Bronx and an appropriate replacement for the former PS 31 school that previously occupied the site. 425 Grand Concourse is a model for dense urban development with 277 all-affordable apartments, a mixed-use podium that includes a CUNY Hostos student center, community medical center, and grocery store. At 26 stories and over 300,000 square feet, 425 Grand Concourse is the largest certified PHIUS Passive House project to date.
“Thank you to QBBA for this great honor. We are so proud to have our work recognized for the impact that can be made through reinvesting in our New York City neighborhoods.” — John Woelfling