Construction has begun on the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92, BNYC92. The renovated former Marine Commandant's Residence and newly constructed annex will be an exhibition and visitors center. A job-training center and café will also be located in the building. The 34,000 square-foot facility will celebrate the Navy Yard's past, present and future and provide community meeting space and office facilities. Building 92 is located on Flushing Avenue near Carlton Avenue. The center is scheduled to open in late-2011.
The 1857 Marine Commandant's Residence, now known as Building 92, was designed by Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects of the United States Capital in Washington, D.C. The building is notable for its use of cast iron quoins and lintels, the same material used by the architect in the design of the Capital dome. Building 92 has been unused since the Navy Yard was decommissioned by the federal government in 1966. The historic structure and its modern extension are designed to meet the United States Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards.
The permanent exhibit currently in development will present the natural, cultural, social, naval and industrial history of the Navy Yard. The geographic and historical significance of the Yard will be explained in both its local and national context. The exhibit will explore not just the 165 year history of the shipbuilding and repair facility, but also its transition to a modern, sustainable industrial park with more than 270 private-sector firms and approximately 5,600 permanent jobs.
See the presentation on BNYC92 made to Community Board 2, December 8, 2010 (PDF)
The exhibition and visitor center is just one component of increased public outreach by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. BNYC92 will offer school and speaker programs, increased public tours and a resource center that will provide online access to an extensive archive of historical photographs, maps and plans. The Brooklyn Historical Society is advising on the exhibition and curricula development.
The New York City Council committed $11.9 million towards the project. The New York State Senate, through the state Dormitory Authority, has provided $5.1 million and an additional $2.5 million has been received from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Borough President Marty Markowitz has allocated $3.5 million. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities totals $390,000. Additional funding will be raised through public-private partnerships. The Independence Community Foundation has provided the lead private funding for the exhibition.