Announcement | December 12, 2014

Cypress Village Homes Receives The Queens Bronx Building Association’s 2014 Building Award for Excellence in Design and Construction


The Queens Bronx Building Association (QBBA) awarded Cypress Village Homes with its prestigious 2014 Building Design award for Excellence in Design and Construction at the 2014 Annual Holiday and Building Awards Gala held on December 6, 2014 at Marina del Rey.


Working closely with Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) designed affordable, low-rise buildings on several infill sites.


As part of their mission to revitalize the Cypress Hills and East New York areas of Brooklyn, the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) acquired multiple scattered sites for low-rise affordable infill housing. On two of the three sites (Linwood and Jerome Avenues), they worked with a locally based modular housing manufacturer to minimize costs and neighborhood disruption. 18 units, each comprising a floor-through 2-bedroom apartment in a 3-story walk-up building, were factory-built by the CAPSYS Corporation in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and installed 5 miles away, reducing on-site waste and construction phase energy consumption.


The third site, on Van Siclen Avenue, was designed as a 4-story elevator building and used conventional construction techniques. All three sites feature sustainable materials and highly insulated envelopes, and use the same brick cladding with contemporary detailing.


The project is unusual in its use of modular units on scattered infill sites within an established but struggling neighborhood, and in its combination of modular and conventional construction techniques.



Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is an award-winning, full-service architecture and planning firm in New York City committed to sustainable development that builds vibrant, healthy communities. The firm’s specializations include housing, educational and community facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial developments, and community planning. MAP’s clients include community groups, agencies, municipalities, institutions, real estate developers, schools and non-profits in the New York City region, such as The Community Builders, Inc., Westhab, Inc., The Doe Fund, Volunteers of America, CPC Resources, Inc., L+M Development Partners, Columbia University, Lutheran Social Services of Greater New York, Procida, Enterprise Foundation, St. Nicks Alliance, Douglaston Development, The Housing Collaborative, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the Fifth Avenue Committee.