NEW YORK, NY: October 22, 2015 — Construction tops out this week on what will be one of the first two Queens locations for Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brand.1 The new hotel, at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, is the second Aloft designed by Gene Kaufman Architect, whose Aloft New York Brooklyn opened in 2011.
Developed by Nissim Seliktar, the 74,000 sf project comprises two structures, of 18 and eight stories, with a combined 176 rooms. The hotel will have a 1,500 sf conference center, convenient for business travelers; a 1,700 sf ground-floor terrace; a 1,000 sf ground-floor lounge; a bar; and a fitness center.
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Gene Kaufman Architect has a well-earned reputation in the real estate and private development arenas for high-caliber, high-impact designs that are innovative and highly efficient. For nearly 30 years, Principal Gene Kaufman and his team have cultivated strong, collaborative relationships with some of New York City’s most active developers, helping them to realize substantial bottom-line results through thoughtful design. Known as a hospitality designer par excellence, the firm also has a significant portfolio of commercial, educational and institutional commissions; residential projects; and urban developments, notably multi-family residences and adaptive-reuse projects. GKA’s special expertise in the niche areas of zoning, land-use changes, variances, urban planning and historic restoration is a critical resource for clients. In 2011, GKA joined forces with Gwathmey Siegel + Associates, the architecture practice of the celebrated modernists Charles Gwathmey, who died in 2009, and Robert Siegel. The resulting firm, Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects (GSKA), works collaboratively with GKA to provide clients with the full spectrum of architectural services. For more information, visit www.gkapc.com.