NYC DDC Design-Build, Queens Garage and Community Space for Future Detention Facility, Kew Gardens

Client: NYC DDC

Architect: Urbahn Architects

Location: Queens, NY

Size: 25,000 SF Community Space

Completion Date: Est. 2023

A part of the NYC DDC’s Project Excellence and Design-Build program, this project is for the design and construction of a 600-space parking garage and 25,000-SF multi-purpose community space situated in the civic center of Kew Gardens, adjacent to both Queens Borough Hall and the Queens County Criminal Courthouse. The project is being created by the design-build team of Hunter Roberts Construction Group along with the architecture firms Marvel and Urbahn Architects. JFK&M is providing Fire Alarm, Plumbing and Fire Protection system design services for both the garage and community space. A project that requires a careful balance of design, functionality, cost, constructability, and durability, the facility will also provide ancillary support for a future detention facility.

Aiming to achieve LEED Gold Certification, the community space will be delivered as a structure that compliments the context of the surrounding neighborhood. The team is designing plumbing and fire protection systems to fit within the requirements of white-box tenant spaces that provide for maximum flexibility with allowed building uses that include schools, medical facilities, and non-profit organizations.

The Queens Garage and Community Center is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2023. This facility is being built ahead of the new Queens Detention Facility, and its construction marks the city’s first major activity in the Borough-Based Jails Program, an $8.3-billion effort to construct four new, smaller jails in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.