Steel Shots: First Phase of Queens Megacomplex Tops Out

A gold-painted beam was lifted onto the Flushing Commons construction site, marking Phase I of the project reaching full height. (Construction photo: F & T Group; rendering: Conway + Partners)

The Flushing Commons megacomplex in Queens, N.Y. finished the first phase of development last month with the topping out of two high-rise buildings, one a 14-story residential tower and the other an 11-story office building. The 1.8-million-sq.-ft project transforms what was a municipal parking lot into a vibrant new mixed-use development, creating around 2,600 construction jobs and 1,900 permanent jobs.

The project is set to feature residential, office, retail, parking and community space in five buildings. Phase II, with an expected completion date in 2021, will include a YMCA facility as well as a 1.5-acre open-air plaza, more parking spaces and additional residential and commercial units.

Flushing Commons is a joint venture of F & T Group, the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation and AECOM Capital. Perkins Eastman is the architect. Berlin Steel (an AISC member and AISC Certified fabricator and erector) is providing the structural steel services for the project.