The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has filed applications for a new two-story, 31,779-square-foot Queens Library at Far Rockaway. The new building will be built on the site of the existing, single-story library branch, at 16-37 Central Avenue. The facility will feature a circulation and information center, meeting rooms, a business center, and individual children, teen, and adult sections. Snøhetta will be designing the project. The 25,877-square-foot site is located at the corner of Mott Avenue, three blocks from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A train. Demolition permits have not been filed for the existing library.
Cornell Tech’s 26-story, 250-unit Passive House residential building, dubbed CornellTECH Residential and being built as part of Cornell’s 10-building Roosevelt Island campus project, has now topped out and is receiving its façade. The student and faculty dormitory is roughly 70 percent complete, according to a Curbed NY report. The unit configurations range from studios to three-bedrooms, and amenities include a fitness center and a lounge/dining area with a kitchen on the 26th floor. Handel Architects is behind the design of the residential building, which is set to be the largest Passive House structure in the world.
YIMBY last brought you a construction update in September, when foundation work was just wrapping up on multiple buildings of Cornell Tech’s planned Roosevelt Island campus. Since then, phase one’s academic buildings and residential tower have risen in the form of steel beams and concrete pours, respectively. Now, Snøhetta has been tasked to design the Verizon Executive Education Building, The Real Deal reports. It will be a conference center and is included in the first construction phase, which is due for completion in mid-2017. The other three buildings going up are the Bloomberg Center, The Bridge, and CornellTECH Residential, which are being designed by Morphosis Architecture, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture, and Handel Architects.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That has to be your motto when you go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which Tuesday approved a new building for 20 Old Fulton Street, which…