ENR 2019 Global Best Project – Residential/Hospitality: CitizenM Bowery Hotel New York City
Global Best Project: citizenM New York Bowery Hotel, located in New York City. Submitted by The Rinaldi Group and DeSimone Consulting Engineers
The Engineering News-Record (ENR) has announced its annual 2019 Global Best Project Winners and this year The Rinaldi Group is excited to have been recognized for its contribution on citizenM’s New York Bowery Hotel, located in New York City. Making use of an innovative new construction and design process called “modular construction,” the process has been hailed for its streamline of assembly time, resource efficiency, and reduced environmental impact which is continually being recognized each year by countless firms across the globe.
After much analysis and debate, a panel of industry veterans has selected the winners of ENR’s 7th annual Global Best Projects competition. Like ENR’s successful regional and national U.S. competitions, Global Best Projects identifies and honors the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year. But this competition stands apart with the distinct rule that at least one firm involved in the project must be working outside of its home country. None of the entries could participate if they had any construction-related fatalities, and construction had to be complete between January 2018 and April 2019.
With a record number of entries to contend with, the judges picked the largest and most diverse field of winners to date, with 32 projects located in 20 different countries around the globe. These outstanding examples show the risks, rewards and hurdles overcome when designing and building internationally.
Judges included Geno Armstrong, partner, KPMG; Krista Becker, principal, ZGF; Erleen Hatfield, managing partner, Hatfield Group; Jon Magnusson, senior principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; David White, executive program director, IDRIS, Jacobs; Hans Van Winkle, president/CEO of Van Winkle LLC; and Peter Zuk, chief programs officer, special programs, Metrolinx. Any judge with a conflict of interest in any particular category was assigned to a different category. The panel looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality – with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project teams and their collaboration. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and/or the construction industry.
The citizenM project has so far ignited the imagination of New York City’s real estate industry and the press, garnering coverage in The Commercial Observer with two stories, The Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal, CurbedNY, 6SqFt, WPIX News, Commercial Property Executive, For Construction Pros.com, Hotel Business Magazine, and Treehugger. The project also won an Award for Excellence in Hotel Development by Urban Land Institute.
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The tallest standing modular built structure in the United States, the citizenM Bowery Hotel rises 20-stories and offers its occupants unobstructed views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Located in a neighborhood known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant art community the site’s location was a direct inspiration for the project teams designers with a particular focus on the surrounding art galleries. Meant to create a fully immersive experience for its visitors the hotels interior is also dawned in authentic works of art sourced almost exclusively by influential artists and curators from the neighborhood where it was built.
“The Rinaldi Group is incredibly proud and humbled to be recognized by ENR for our work on the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel, utilizing an innovative new design process, and are grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside such talented firms such as DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Concrete Architectural Associates as well as the SBJ Group.”
– Anthony T. Rinaldi, President and CEO of The Rinaldi Group
The Rinaldi Group is a full-service licensed general contractor and construction management firm, building upon its foundation and tradition of self-performance in both the public and private sectors alike. The Rinaldi Group was ranked among The Real Deal’s “Ground-Up Giants: The City’s 30 Leading General Contractors” of 2019.