Building Awards


Gala Honoree/Keynote Speaker is John Banks, REBNY President


QUEENS, NY, November 28, 2018 -- The Queens Chamber of Commerce has announced the twenty winning projects to be honored at its 2018 Annual Building Awards Gala on December 6, 2018 at Terrace on the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. For over 90 years, the Queens Chamber has honored the architects, builders, engineers, lenders, interior designers and owners of buildings and building projects that keep Queens vibrant, sustainable and livable.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce recognizes the best in new construction and renovation/rehabilitations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings, open or enclosed public spaces, civil projects, sustainable buildings and interior design.

This year's Gala Honoree is John Banks, President of The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), who will be giving the keynote address.

“How we manage our built environment, as well as our public spaces, directly impacts the quality of business and residential life in the borough. By recognizing and encouraging excellence, the Queens Chamber of Commerce is helping to ensure a healthy, sustainable and attractive urban landscape,” said Thomas J. Grech, President and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s honoree, John H. Banks, is the President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association which represents major commercial and residential property owners and builders, brokers and managers, and real estate professionals.

Since his appointment in 2014, REBNY has made significant achievements including advocating for the enactment of the Affordable New York Housing Program (formerly known as 421-a), the approval of the Greater East Midtown Rezoning, as well as fair and important legislation to address critical issues ranging from sustainability and illegal short-term rentals to landmarking.

In 2017, Banks led REBNY’s rollout of Syndication for its Residential Listing Service (RLS). RLS Syndication provides the most accurate, up-to-date residential real estate listing information for consumers and the real estate industry in New York City through a powerful network of publishers.

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The 2018 Building Award winners are:  





FedEx Ground Sort Facility

Owner – Fifty-Seven Avenue Investments, LLC

Architect – Michael Messina / Baldassano Architecture, LLP

Builder – Barney Reilly / Aurora Contractors, Inc.


Hotels & Motels

Courtyard by Marriott® Queens Fresh Meadows, NY

Owner – East West United Realty Development Group, LLC

Architect – Michael Kang / Michael Kang Architect, PLLC

Builder – George Hsu / MC Superstructure Inc.


Mixed Use – Residential/Commercial/Industrial

1st Place Winner – Verona Condominiums

Owner – Park Construction | Robert Cerrone

Architect – Angelo Costa / Meltzer/Costa & Associates, Architecture & Engineering, LLP

Builder – Park Construction


2nd Place Winner – East West Tower

Owner – East West Tower

Architect – Anthony Ng / Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng Architects Studio, P.C.

Builder – Kenny Liu


Public Buildings

Louis Armstrong Stadium

Owner – USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Architect – Matthew Rossetti / Rossetti

Builder – Billy Racky / AECOM Hunt Construction


Religious Buildings

Han Ma Um Zen Center of NY Inc.

Owner – No JumSoon

Architect – Angelo Costa / Meltzer/Costa & Associates, Architecture & Engineering, LLP

Builder – James S. Mitchell / James S. Mitchell & Sons


Single & Two Family Residences

The Bridges at Whitestone

Owner – Fulcrum Real Estate Advisors

Architect – Frank Petruso / Frank Petruso Architect, P.C.

Builder – Timothy O’Sullivan / O’Sullivan Builders & Developers Inc.





The Douglaston Club

Owner – The Douglaston Club, Inc.

Architect – Kevin Wolfe, AIA / Kevin Wolfe Architect, P.C.

Builder – The Douglaston Club, Inc.



Andromeda Advantage, Inc.

Owner – John Kalafatis

Architect – Gerald J. Caliendo, R.A. / Gerald J. Caliendo Architect RA AIA

Project Designer – Eleni Takou

Builder – John Kalafatis / Skyline Restoration Inc.


Mixed Use – Residential/Commercial/Industrial

The Nordic

Owner – 23-67 31st JV LLC

Architect – AKI Development

Builder – AKI Development


Single & Two Family Residences

Shim House

Owner – Shim Yeong

Architect – Suk Hwan Kim, P.E./ Design Group In H&K LLC.

Builder – Sang Lee / Nextcom Construction, Inc.





36-19 Broadway

Owner – Peter Phillips

Architect – John Glavic / Gerald J. Caliendo Architect RA AIA

Builder – Marangos Construction Corp.


Health Care Related

1st Place Winner – Ferrara Family Center of Hospice Care           

Owner – Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

Architect – William Selan, AIA / RBSD, Architects

Builder – Sea Chang / Eeson Construction


2nd Place Winner - Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital

Owner – Northwell Health

Architect – Ross Adam Cole, AIA / BAM Architecture Studio

Builder – Aaron Melchior / The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Mixed Use – Residential/Commercial/Industrial

Mikkeller Brewing NYC


Architect – Dan Bernstein / Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

Builder – Mike Beirne / Hunter Roberts Construction Group


Office Building

Andromeda Advantage Inc.

Owner – John Kalafatis

Architect – Gerald J. Caliendo, R.A. / Gerald J. Caliendo Architect RA AIA

Project Designer – Eleni Takou

Builder – John Kalafatis / Skyline Restoration Inc.


Schools & Colleges

UPK Q972 - Jackson Avenue

Owner – New York City School Construction Authority

Architect – Albert Aronov, AIA /RKTB Architects

Builder – Nayan Parikh / ASHNU International


Single & Two Family Residences

1st Place Winner – Zhao Residence

Owner – Alex Zhao

Architect – Tim Hao / HCD Architect PC

Builder – Alex Zhao / Foreview Construction Inc.


2nd Place Winner – Chan Lee Residence

Owner – Alice Chan & Lawrence Lee

Architect – Kevin Wolfe, AIA / Kevin Wolfe Architect, PC

Builder – Guy Bodenburg / Top 8 Construction Corporation




Mixed Use – Residential/Commercial/Industrial

Beach Green Dunes          

Owner – BGN Workforce LLC

Architect – Mark Ginsberg / Curtis & Ginsberg Architects LLP

Builder – Eric Bluestone / Banta Homes Corp.