March 28, 2024

AIA New York State, An Organization Of The American Institute Of Architects, To Present CJS Architects With 2024 Excelsior Award

New York, March 19, 2024—Celebrating its 10th year, the AIANYS Excelsior Awards program highlights the best in publicly funded buildings, outdoor areas, and public art across New York State, and the architects and design professionals who support and advocate for them.

Nine projects were recognized for an award in the categories of Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, New Construction, and Renovation/Addition.
The interdisciplinary jury evaluated the projects based on a set of three criteria:

  1. Firmness: demonstrating design based on sound architectural and engineering principles and responsible use of public funds to achieve the maximum public benefit.
  2. Commodity: demonstrating design that is functional and impactful, providing socio-economic benefits to the surrounding community and advancing the owner’s mission.
  3. Delight: demonstrating design that achieves beauty and harmony through respect for the surrounding context, understanding and consideration of human scale, and satisfaction of user needs, both explicit and implicit.

Jury Chair Paul McDonnell, AIA, said, "Our deliberations showcased the remarkable dedication and ingenuity of architects across diverse communities throughout New York State, emphasizing the vital role of design in enriching societal well-being. Each project, whether grand or modest in scale, stood out for its profound impact and unwavering commitment to serving its community. In recognizing nine exceptional projects and teams, our aim was to honor the profound dedication and civic spirit exhibited by these architects and design professionals."

The recipients will be honored, and the award levels will be revealed at an in-person celebration following the (Re)Connecting Communities Conference at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, New York on May 9, 2023.

The Neighborhood of Play, submitted by Rochester based firm CJS Architects, will be honored at the event. The Neighborhood of Play serves as a transformative force with positive effects extending far beyond the geographical area. The project successfully reconnected neighborhoods transforming a sunken expressway into a new mixed-use community that includes both market rate and affordable residential units, a hotel, commercial space, and museum expansion, with new connections to adjacent neighborhoods, park, and center city. With thoughtfully designed public spaces, cultural facilities and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, residents and visitors are provided with ample opportunities to explore and engage with the surrounding areas. The neighborhood has become a catalyst for economic growth, attracting businesses, residents and Museum visitors. Partner of the firm, Craig Jensen, AIA, will be accepting the award.

Other recipient projects include:

  • Exterior Preservation of H. Carl McCall SUNY Administration Building-Towers, Albany, NY Submitting Firm: architecture+
  • Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Queens, New York Submitting Firm: WEISS/MANFREDI and SWA/Balsley with ARUP
  • Mosaic Pre-K Center at New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York Submitting Firm: MDSzerbaty Associates Architecture (MDSA)
  • Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park Branch, Brooklyn, New York Submitting Firm: Mitchell Giurgola
  • 2050 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York Submitting Firm: Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC, Unique People Services/Robert Sanborn Development
  • Barrington House, Rochester, New York Submitting Firm: PLAN Architectural Studio
  • Corona 3K Center, Corona, New York Submitting Firm: Circular
  • The Rehabilitation of Alumni Hall, Oneonta, New York Submitting Firm: Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation
AIA New York State, An Organization Of The American Institute Of Architects, To Present CJS Architects With 2024 Excelsior Award