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Queens
Detention
Site

The Queens Site Project consists of Design-Build services for a fully functional, operational, and easily maintainable new detention facility to meet all programmatic requirements. The Queens Site will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue and will include space for on-site services and programming, indoor and outdoor recreation, food services, staff offices and facilities, amenities and a secured entry (sally port).

The Queens Site must connect to the Queens County Criminal Court (QCCC) which was formerly connected through its District Attorney Wing. To successfully complete this Project, the Design-Builder must balance design, functionality, cost, constructability, and durability, providing the best value to the City and exemplifying the City’s principles of Project Excellence.

The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is awarding three separate Design-Build contracts – one for the new facility, one for the parking garage and community space project, and one for the dismantle and sally port project required to prepare the facility and facilitate NYC Department of Correction’s transfers for court appearances during construction.

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Queens Site
Quick Information

What?

The Queens Detention Site Project consists of demolishing the existing detention center and replacing it with a modern facility

Where?

The Queens Site will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY

When?

As of Friday, June 25, 2021, construction is underway on the parking garage and community space alongside the new jail that will rise adjacent to Borough Hall and the Queens Criminal Courthouse.

Why?

Building the new facility is part of the borough-based jail system which aims to create a smaller, safer, and fairer system by incarcerating less people and building modern facilities

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Queens
Garage &
Community Space

The Queens Site Project consists of Design-Build services for a fully functional, operational, and easily maintainable new detention facility to meet all programmatic requirements. The Queens Site will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue and will include space for on-site services and programming, indoor and outdoor recreation, food services, staff offices and facilities, amenities and a secured entry (sally port).

The Queens Site must connect to the Queens County Criminal Court (QCCC) which was formerly connected through its District Attorney Wing. To successfully complete this Project, the Design-Builder must balance design, functionality, cost, constructability, and durability, providing the best value to the City and exemplifying the City’s principles of Project Excellence

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Queens Garage & Community Space Quick Information

What?

The Queens Detention Site Project consists of demolishing the existing detention center and replacing it with a modern facility

Where?

The Queens Site will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY

When?

As of Friday, June 25, 2021, construction is underway on the parking garage and community space alongside the new jail that will rise adjacent to Borough Hall and the Queens Criminal Courthouse.

Why?

Building the new facility is part of the borough-based jail system which aims to create a smaller, safer, and fairer system by incarcerating less people and building modern facilities

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Queens Site, Garage & Community Space Design Principles & Guidelines

The City’s overarching goals for all component projects undertaken as part of the Borough-Based Jails Program (BBJ Program), including new detention facilities and Early Works, such as dismantle and swing space projects, are described below.

  1. The design and construction of the new Sites must be grounded in dignity and respect through offering spaces dedicated to promoting better connections to families, attorneys, courts, medical and mental health care, education, therapeutic programming, and service providers. These Sites must enable effective and tailored programming, provide appropriate housing for those with medical and mental health needs, and facilitate enhanced opportunities for stable reentry into the community.
  2. The design and construction of the new Sites and related projects of the BBJ Program must provide a safe, humane, secure, and efficient environment for all those who work, visit, or are in custody within these Sites.
  3. The design and construction of the new Sites and related projects must be beacons of exemplary public architecture that thoughtfully respond to the urban context, contribute positively to the character of the surrounding neighborhood and streetscape, and serve as civic assets for all New Yorkers. Refer to the Center for Active Design’s Civic Design Guidelines, on creating well-designed public spaces.
  4. The design and construction of the new Sites must strive to relate to the city it is in and create a sense of place for the citizens it serves. As good civic architecture, the Sites must be welcoming and inclusive, serving all regardless of ability, race, creed, or gender. The Sites must embody a generative spirit that does not stagnate on a fixed identity and is uplifting rather than authoritative, empowering the people and community it serves.
  5. The provision of exceptional design based on thoughtful engagement with City agencies and community partners.
  6. The construction and related operations must minimize impacts to neighboring properties, sites and the community at large; achieve dust and noise mitigation standards that exceed minimum regulatory thresholds.
  7. The provision of site safety in and around all Project sites.
  8. The optimization of overall operations and maintenance efficiency.
  9. Project completion is within budget and on schedule.
  10. Proactively seek out innovative solutions to accelerate the Project schedule while controlling cost and maintaining quality and safety.
  11. The provision of robust minority- and women-owned business enterprise participation.
  12. The exemplification of the City’s principles of Project Excellence, including excellence in design, construction, and project delivery.

In addition to the general goals of the Program, specific Project goals for the Queens Site include the following:

  1. Create a design that achieves the goals expressed in the Program Goals (above) while meeting functional requirements, including but not limited to sustainability, design integration, and community impact.
  2. Demonstrate transparency in the design and construction process for the community and the public-atlarge.
  3. Monitor and protect surrounding structures, including neighboring buildings and facilities during construction.
  4. Minimize loss of parking and traffic impacts at the Queens site during dismantling and construction.
  5. Minimize disruption and negative impacts to court operations to the greatest extent possible.
  6. Create and maintain safe, accessible, and well-lit pedestrian pathways throughout dismantling and construction activities.
  7. Prioritize environmental sustainability in the Queens Site and incorporate measures to achieve higher standards of energy efficiency, including Passive House techniques and principles into design, construction, and maintenance.

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