14 Projects Receive $13 Million in Round 2 of NYSERDA's Buildings of Excellence Awards


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded $13 million to 14 projects via the second round of the state’s Buildings of Excellence competition. The competition was created in 2019 to incentivize the design and construction of low- or zero-carbon multifamily buildings that are easily replicable.

New construction and retrofits are both eligible for the award, and this round’s group of winners includes a mix of both, as well as a diverse group of recipients from around the state. Six of the winners are hoping to achieve Passive House certification (in bold below), and one project, Court Square, is slated to become New York City’s first all-electric skyscraper. Additional winners include:

Baird Road Apartments – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Sustainable Comfort, Inc.
  • Developer: PathStone Corporation

Bethany Terraces Senior Houses – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Paul A. Castrucci Architect PLLC
  • Developer: RiseBoro Community Partnership, Inc.

Colonial II Apartments Revitalization – Early Design Phase

  • Design: New Ecology, Inc.
  • Developer: Beacon Community Services LLC

Cooper Park Commons – Building 2 – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Steven Winter Associates
  • Developer: The Hudson Companies Incorporation

Court Square – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Ettinger Engineering Associates
  • Developer: Court Square 45th Ave LLC

Dekalb Commons – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC
  • Developer: St. Nicks Alliance

Great Oaks Mixed Use Eco-Park: Building 150– Early Design Phase

  • Design: Re:Vision Architecture
  • Developer: The Rosenblum Companies

Hudson Hill – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Amie Gross Architects
  • Developer: Westhab, Inc

Johnson Park Green Community Apartments – Early Design Phase

  • Design: SWBR Architecture, Engineering & Landscape Architecture PC
  • Developer: Rockabill

Linden Boulevard Phase III – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC
  • Developer: Radson Development

The Rise – Early Design Phase (pictured above)

  • Design: Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC
  • Developer: Xenolith Partners LLC

The Seventy Six Building C – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Garrison Architects
  • Developer: South End Development LLC

Solara Apartments Phase III – Late Design Phase

  • Design: Black Mountain Architecture
  • Developer: Bruns Realty Group, LLC

West Side Homes – Early Design Phase

  • Design: Sustainable Comfort, Inc.
  • Developer: People United for Sustainable Housing, Inc.

The competition is a component of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s larger environmental agenda, which hopes to set New York on a path to reduce statewide carbon emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050. In total, the competition has provided funding for 36 projects that will create more than 4,200 housing units for low- to moderate-income households.

“The 14 projects receiving awards will help us provide good-quality, comfortable, healthy and affordable housing for our most vulnerable residents while providing a blueprint for building owners to shrink their carbon footprints,” the governor said. “New York has set nation-leading goals to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, and this competition adds to our state’s ongoing efforts on all fronts to achieve that.”


Jay Fox
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