News Excellence in Design Awards given to Bronx Zoo zipline, Far Rockaway streetscape Treetop Adventure Zipline and Nature Trek at the Bronx Zoo won an Excellence in Design award from the city. Photo Credit: Office of the Mayor By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated May 11, 2017 6:20 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s Public Design Commission honored design projects in each borough Thursday for achieving artistic and environmental advances in their communities. The 35th annual awards for Excellence in Design ran the gamut from green upgrades to street redesigns. “The best public projects are purposeful and use design to build a sense of community and civic pride,” the mayor said in a statement. The commission’s panel, which includes architects, sculptors and cultural institution leaders, reviews “permanent works of architecture, landscape architecture and art proposed on or over city-owned property.” Here are this year’s winners: Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center Norman Avenue, Greenpoint. The LEED-silver-certified building includes labs, reading spaces and an outdoor plaza with native plants. “Double Sun” at McCarren Park Play Center 776 Lorimer St., Greenpoint The art installation designed by Mary Temple greets pool visitors at the northeast and southwest corners of its archway entrance. Downtown Far Rockaway Streetscape Central Avenue, Mott Avenue, Beach 19th Street, Beach 20th Street, Beach 21st Street, and Beach 22nd Street Several city agencies came together to improve the streets that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy with stronger material, wayfinding devices, a new plaza and additional trees. TLC Woodside Office, Garage, and Inspection Facility 24-55 Brooklyn-Queens Expressway West The city-inspection location can handle 200 cars a day and has a planted outdoor space that helps absorb rainwater. Bomb Squad Building 100A Rodman’s Neck Path, Pelham Bay Park The NYPD’s training facility received a big upgrade following Superstorm Sandy with “cast-in-place concrete walls” and vents that allow floodwaters to flow through without damaging the building. Treetop Adventure Zipline and Nature Trek Bronx Zoo The new attraction allows visitors to zip across the Bronx River and navigate an obstacle course in the borough’s green space. FIT New Academic Building 28th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues The ten-story, 110,000-square- foot building includes a facade with “woven metal panels deployed as an ornament to express the creative activities within the college.” The Cubes Administration and Education Building Socrates Sculpture Park The park’s first permanent structure is made up of 18 shipping containers, a shout-out to Long Island City’s industrial past and a call for reuse. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.