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Queens Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Building Award



We are thrilled to announce that BR Construction Group (an affiliate of Forte Construction Corp.) has received the Queens Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Building Award for the extensive renovation and expansion of the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Temple.


This prestigious honor has been recognizing outstanding construction projects throughout Queens since 1926. We take great pride in being acknowledged for our work on this iconic landmark, which was completed before the faith's 800th-year celebration.


The team at BR Construction was tasked with adding a new second floor for use as a main hall and gathering space, modernizing interior spaces, bathrooms, and conference areas, and adding an elevator to serve those with limited mobility. New HVAC and electrical systems and new structural steel framing were installed.


On the exterior, BR Construction dressed the building with a new stucco façade, slate roofing, architectural copper trim, architectural windows, and glass doors—all with an aesthetic that includes many elements of the religion’s Japanese origins.


The 2023 Building Awards were presented at a gala event held at Flushing’s iconic Terrace on the Park on October 12, 2023. Honored guests included Suzette Noble, Chief Executive Officer, LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), who served as this year’s keynote speaker, and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards.

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