Rising to the top: Chamber of Commerce names Brooklyn’s best new buildings

Building big: Chamber of Commerce president Carlo Scissura, Small Business Services head Gregg Bishop, and Economic Development Corporation leader Maria Torres-Spring all attended the “Building Brooklyn” Awards in the Navy Yard on Wednesday night.
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They’re the buildings of tomorrow — today!

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce celebrated pioneering new and newly renovated buildings around the borough at its annual Building Brooklyn Awards in the Navy Yard on July 20, shining a light on the structures that will set the standard for Kings County’s future fabrications, the business-booster group’s boss said.

“We’re recognizing projects that are essential to the continuing development of Brooklyn,” said Chamber president Carlo Scissura. “It really showcases the innovation happening in the borough.”

This year’s honorees included 951 Pacific St., a condominium complex in Crown Heights built to produce as much energy as it consumes, and the first “passive-certified” landmarked home in the borough — a Brooklyn Heights brownstone retrofitted to create a very stable temperature so it doesn’t require a lot of energy to heat or cool.

More than 500 people attended this year’s event, cheering on the winners selected by a jury including architects, city planners, government officials, and business people.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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