David J. Burney, FAIA, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction, announced the selection of 26 architecture firms in the latest round of the City’s Design + Construction Excellence program.
The program recruits world-renowned and emerging architects to design the City’s new public buildings and other capital construction projects.
The 26 firms were selected from a field of 264 through DDC’s Quality-Based Selection process, an open request for proposals that aims to ensure that all City buildingsare creatively designed and built to last.
The Design + Construction Excellence program began in 2004 as a pilot project and is now the primary process by which DDC selects architects to work on city projects. Quality-Based Selection is now a permanent procurement option for all City agencies.
The 26 firms are now pre-qualified for two years to provide architectural and engineering services. DDC will match firms from this group to specific projects in the City’s capital program.
“Our buildings reflect our value,” said Commissioner Burney. “Through this program, we’re creating high-quality buildings to provide high-quality service to the public, and improving the look and feel of the City’s neighborhoods. Working in partnership with these talented architects and DDC’s client agencies, we will continue to build New York’s libraries, firehouses, police precincts, EMS stations, cultural institutions, and other projects with creativity, beauty, and an emphasis on community improvement.”
Projects currenlty in design through previous rounds of the Design + Construction Excellence program include the Hunters Point Branch Library, the renovation of Times Square, the Staten Island Zoo Aquarium renovation, and the Bronx Children’s Museum.
Projects currently in construction include the 121st Police Precinct in Staten Island, the Queens Museum of Art, the Stapleton Branch Library in Staten Island, and the Greenpoint EMS Station.
Completed projects include the Queens Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the New York Public Theater lobby renovation.