Corbetta Awards

    2020 Roger H. Corbetta Awards' Winners

    Named By Concrete Industry Board

    (November 7, 2018 Awards Dinner)

    New York, NY November 24, 2020………The Concrete Industry Board (CIB) announced the 2020 winners of its prestigious Roger Corbetta Awards for Quality Concrete.  The awards celebrate innovative design and construction utilizing concrete in the New York metropolitan area, as well as out of area projects that have been designed or constructed by CIB member companies. 

    “We are delighted to announce this year’s winners, chosen by our judges from a very impressive list of entrants that made the final decisions extremely difficult.  Although, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be gathering in person this year to celebrate these wonderful achievements we did want to move ahead with acknowledgement of the winners and all entrants,” said Michael Welch, 2020 Roger H. Corbetta Awards Dinner chairman.

    “Unfortunately it is not prudent to come together physically to celebrate these winners, but we will do so as soon as the global crisis has eased, the virus ceases to be a threat, and we can safely go about the business and responsibility of hosting such an event.  Much as in the construction of these and all projects, the safety is our primary concern and that is what will drive our decision on selecting a time to reschedule,” he added

    2020 Roger H. Corbetta Annual Award Winner

    The 2020 Roger H. Corbetta Annual Award Winner is the dramatic residential tower at 111 West 57th Street, the “slenderest high rise in the history of mankind.”  At a total height of 1,421 feet, and with a small footprint of 11,400 square feet, 111 West 57th Street achieves a record slenderness ratio of 1:24.

    The “pencil building” is the composition of two separate projects: the renovation of the existing landmarked Steinway building, and the construction of a new super-tall tower, partially rising from within the Steinway building.  Designed by SHoP Architects for owner, JDS Development, The 95-story new development is composed of an 85-story concrete superstructure crowned by a 10-story steel bulkhead atop. Because of its extreme slenderness, and the inherent challenges that come with its unique conditions, several atypical structural systems had to be deployed.

    WSP USA is the structural engineer for the project and Parkside Construction the concrete construction subcontractor for the foundation and Manhattan Concrete is the concrete construction subcontractor for the superstructure.  Due to the large number of rebar that had to be used to reinforce the walls, self-consolidating concrete mixes with high quantities of slag cement were used.

    For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT PAGE FOR 111 WEST 57TH STREET.)

    2020 Roger H. Corbetta Special Recognition Awards

    The CIB also awarded four distinguished projects with its 2020 Special Recognition Awards.  They are:


    76 Eleventh Avenue is comprised of a full city block enclosed by 10th Avenue, West Side Highway, 17th Street and 18th Street. At approximately 896,000 square feet the development includes a 35-story West Tower, a 27-story East Tower and a 5-story podium wrapping around the base of the two towers. Each tower consists of surfaces that appear to lean, twist and overhang. The shape of each tower goes through an almost ninety degree rotation from its position at foundation to its final position at roof level.  HFZ Capital is the owner/developer; Woods Bagot the designer of record; BIG Architects the design architect; WSP USA is the structural engineer; Omnibuild the general contractor; LaQuilla Group is the concrete construction subcontractor for the foundation; SBF Construction is the concrete construction subcontractor for the superstructure. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT PAGE FOR 76 ELEVENTH AVENUE)

    15 Hudson Yards is the first luxury residential offering in the massive Hudson Yards redevelopment area, considered the largest private real estate development in U.S. history. Located in the south west corner of the rail yards, 15 Hudson Yards is approximately 965,000 square feet and includes a mix of condominium and rental units. The tower rises 70 stories to a height of 917 feet with a slenderness ratio of 12:1. Reinforced concrete offers the perfect structural medium to meet the technical and scheduling needs of the project. The superstructure massing was constructed using a three-day cycle up to the 40th floor and a two-day cycle thereafter. Related Companies is the owner/developer; Ismael Leyva Architects, P.C. the architect of record; Diller Scofidio + Renfro the design architect; WSP USA the structural engineer; Tutor Perini Building Corp. the construction manager; New York Concrete the concrete construction subcontractor for the foundation; and Cross Country Concrete the concrete construction subcontractor for the superstructure. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT PAGE FOR 15 HUDSON YARDS.)

    One Willoughby Square is a 34-story office tower that reaches 495 feet at its pinnacle. Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn on Willoughby Street between Duffield Street and Albee Square, the 471,000 square foot building is the first major ground-up office project to rise since Downtown Brooklyn was rezoned in 2004. It is the tallest office tower in Brooklyn.  There is retail at the ground floor and cellar, a Pre–K to Grade 4 school on floors two through six, and Class-A office space on floors seven through 34. Constructed on a unique T-shaped lot, the stem of the “T” is sandwiched between existing buildings and houses the building’s elevator and stair cores, while the school and office program occupy the main floorplate. JEMB Realty is the developer; FXCollaborative is the design architect; DeSimone Consulting Engineers the structural engineer; Civetta Cousins JV the concrete construction subcontractor for the foundation; Park Avenue Concrete is the concrete construction subcontractor for the superstructure. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon)TO PROJECT PAGE FOR ONE WILLOUGHBY SQUARE.)

    The runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport allowed more that 61.9 million passengers to travel in and out of New York City in 2018. This high demand of travel resulted in significant wear on the runway. Runway 13L-31R has been overlaid with Hot Mix Asphalt since the 1940’s. Near the beginning of 2019, after several years and numerous overlays, the 10,000-foot-long and 150-foot-wide Runway 13L-31R underwent construction and rehabilitation. A decision was made to replace Runway 13L-31R with a more durable option, Portland Cement Concrete. The 13L-31R reconstruction began in April 2019 and was completed in September 2019. In that 7-month period, a total of 111,837 cubic yards of Portland Cement Concrete were placed, with an average of 2,200 cubic yards batched daily. Along with the large quantity of concrete, 44,000 20-inch epoxy coated dowels for transverse joints, 37,000 20-inch epoxy coated dowels for longitudinal joints, and 135,000 linear feet of preformed joints were used. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is the owner and construction manager; Stantec the structural engineer; Walsh Construction Company II/Grace Industries LLC (JV) the general contractor. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT PAGE FOR JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY 13l-31r.)

    2020 Roger H. Corbetta Awards of Merit

    The CIB also awarded seven distinguished projects with its 2020 Awards of Merit.  They are:

     

    52-41 Center Boulevard in Hunts Point Parcel C is one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods.   The 400,000 square foot structure rises 490 feet above the Hudson River and houses 394 apartments.  The use of concrete enabled unrivaled flexibility for the architect and offered the strength and durability necessary for the site.  52-41 Center LLC is the owner, construction manager and general contractor; SLCE Architects the architects; Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers the structural engineer; Urban Foundation/Engineering the concrete construction subcontractor for the foundation; and Winco the concrete construction subcontractor for the superstructure. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon)TO PROJECT PAGE FOR HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARCEL C.)

    77 Greenwich is a 38-story condominium tower that reaches 466 feet at its pinnacle. The 282,000 square foot building includes an elementary school on the ground floor through eighth floor, and residential units on floors 9 through 37. Construction of the foundations posed a unique challenge as the site is flanked on two sides by subway tunnels, Dickey House on its southern end, and a pre-war unreinforced masonry building to its north.  Trinity Place Holdings is the owner; FXCollaborative the design architect; DeSimone Consulting Engineers the structural engineer; Gilbane Building Company the general contractor; ECD NY Inc. the concrete construction subcontractor for the foundation; and Cross Country Construction the concrete construction subcontractor for the superstructure. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT PAGE FOR 77 GREENWICH.)

    The West (547 West 47th Street) is a new concrete residential tower in the Hell’s Kitchen section.  The 12-story condominium encompasses 245,000 square feet with 40,000 square feet of retail and auto dealership space on the first floor. The most prominent feature of the building is the eight-story reinforced concrete superstructure that allows for the staggered arrangement of terraces and balconies. SGSB Developers is the owner; Ismael Leva Architects the architect; GACE Consulting Engineers DPC the structural engineer; CM and Associates Construction Management the general contractor; Trident Construction the concrete construction contractor for the foundation; and Zhong Wang Construction the concrete construction manager for the superstructure.  For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT PAGE FOR THE WEST.)

    55 Bank Street is a 17-story, 245,000 square foot post-tensioned concrete residential building in White Plains.  It is part of the second phase to the 55 Bank Street complex. The concrete team equipped the project with a Liebherr 542 luffing jib tower crane, which minimized the radius of the crane during weathervane mode, a requirement of the adjacent railroad property. The crane could not swing loads over the neighboring properties, which confined its capability to two loading areas of less than 3,000 square feet.  LCOR is the owner; SLCE Architects the architect; Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson Associates the structural engineer; LRC Construction the general contractor and concrete construction subcontractor. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon)TO PROJECT FOR 55 BANK STREET.)

    Constructed in 1936, the concrete substructures of the Henry Hudson Bridge were exposed to harsh environmental factors for 80 years, leading to the acceleration of concrete deterioration as a result of alkalisilica reaction (ASR). The pertinent concrete work on the project consisted of the encapsulation of existing concrete skewbacks with a new pneumatically applied shotcrete encasement.  The choice of pneumatically applied shotcrete in lieu of cast-in-place concrete provided a cost and schedule savings. The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is the owner; Buckland & Taylor International the engineer;  Tutor Perini Corporation the general contractor; Superior Gunite the concrete construction contractor. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT FOR HENRY HUDSON BRIDGE.)

    The Hard Rock Hotel is the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel building.  “Guitar Tower” stands 35 stories tall and houses 638 rooms and suites in addition to a 41,000-square-foot spa and several restaurants. The neck of the guitar extends 75 feet above the roof. The most significant challenge to construction involved the timing of the project. The Guitar Tower topped-off just over a year after the foundations were poured, and each slab was constructed within a matter of days. Seminole Tribe of Florida is the owner; Klai Juba Wald Architects the architect; DeSimone Consulting Engineers the structural engineer; Suffolk-Yates the general contractor; Baker Concrete Construction,  Liberty Construction, and Southwest Construction the concrete construction subcontractors. For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT FOR HARD ROCK.)

    Cube is a luxury residential condominium within the Albany resort community in New Providence, The Bahamas.  The nine story building’s distinctive feature was created with a parallel offset between column bays along both the north and south faces of the structure. Balconies were constructed with an 18-foot thick conventionally reinforced concrete slab. The recessed pool slabs did not have any pool walls upon which to rest, and had to be framed completely using components of the façade, while also not hindering the aesthetic of the building.  Albany is the owner; Bjarke Ingels Group the architect; DeSimone Consulting Engineers the structural engineer; Woslee Construction the concrete construction subcontractor.  For a more detailed explanation of the project and its many unique characteristics, as well as a complete list of major subcontractors, please follow this link (LINK (coming soon) TO PROJECT FOR THE CUBE.)

    “Every one of these projects is a dramatic example of how concrete was used to address complex design and construction challenges.  They stand as a tribute to our industry and as such we are proud to recognize them and celebrate their achievements,” said Welch.

    Established in 1951, Comprised of members representing all major New York Metropolitan area stakeholders in the concrete industry, the Concrete Industry Board fosters the highest  quality design and construction of concrete structures through education, exchange, debate and promotion. It’s more than 300 members are dedicated to the practice of highest professional ethical standards in all elements of the construction industry and promoting the quality use of concrete.