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Charles G. Sturcken, DEP (718) 595-6600
Nina Habib Spencer, EPA (212) 636-3670
Regional Administrator Jane M. Kenny and
Christopher O. Ward
Announce Winners of New York City’s
First “Green” Buildings
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) Regional
Administrator Jane M. Kenny and Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Commissioner Christopher O. Ward, today announced the selection
of winners in the City’s first “Green Buildings” design
competition. An awards ceremony was held on Tuesday June 29, 2004
from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia
Place , New York . Commissioner Ward hosted the ceremony. Administrator
Kenny as well as Douglas Durst, co-President of the Durst Organization
offered remarks. Rick Bell, Executive Director of the New York
Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, also presided.
In September 2003, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in partnership
with the American Institute of Architects, Earthpledge, the Museum
of the City of New York and others announced a Green Buildings
Design competition. The competition focused on the creation of
sustainable development in residential, commercial, and industrial
space in both existing and new building projects as well as the
City’s public spaces.
Commissioner Ward said, “I congratulate the winners of
this competition. The designs comprise a group of visionary and
innovative applications of sustainable development that address
the deep commitment of the Bloomberg Administration to progressive
urban expansion and growth. At DEP, we are committed to incorporating
these concepts into our capital construction projects and infrastructure
improvements. Today, New York City is on the cusp of an exciting
future as an ecological metropolis spearheaded by new technologies,
green roofs and sustainable development.”
"One of our biggest remaining environmental challenges is
addressing the effect people have on the environment where they
live and work," said Jane M. Kenny, EPA Regional Administrator. "In
a green building, people automatically have less of an impact on
our ecosystems. They don't even have to think about it. Building
green should be the norm in New York City and this competition
will help make that a reality."
The competitors were encouraged to explore designs that would
reflect development of economic, innovative and sustainable advances
to improve City living and workplace sites including: use of less
toxic building materials and chemicals, reducing water and energy
consumption, planning for transportation and vehicular alternatives,
air quality improvements, incorporating into the city’s land
and streetscapes usable and reusable upgrades to promote an aesthetic
and environmentally beneficial growth philosophy, and to expand
upon an awareness of the importance of preserving our natural ecosystems.
The competition sought ideas on how to best utilize power generation,
solar and wind energy, brown field developments, as well as water
and energy systems in buildings. The winners were selected by a
jury of eight green building experts.
NYC Green Building Design Competition Winners
for Excellence in the Use of Good Design Principles and the Integration of Green Building Technologies
QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN (submitted by BKSK Architects
LLC) The new 15,000 square-foot Reception and Administration building
is designed to achieve the highest Leadership in Energy & Environmental
Design (LEED) rating of platinum. Features will include a green
roof, a rainwater collection system, a greasy water system, a cleansing
biotype, a constructed wetland, an exemplary degree of natural
ventilation and daylight to the occupied rooms a geothermal heating
exchange system and photovoltaic panels on the roof.
ROOSEVELT AVENUE/74 TH STREET STATION REHABILITATION (submitted
by MTA/NYC Transit) The Roosevelt Avenue/74 th Street Station is
the busiest in the transit system outside of Manhattan with 168,28
daily customers. This project includes the demolition and reconstruction
of a bus terminal and the substantial rehabilitation of two train
stations, which will be linked to form a transportation hub. Currently
in construction, this project will include sustainable features
such as 90% recycled content steel, the use of ultra-low sulfur
diesel fuel in construction equipment and natural lighting and
ventilation to increase energy efficiency.
BROOKLYN ICE HOUSE (submitted by Big Sue LLC) This
converted industrial building (now 6 residential units) opened
its doors this year to tenants. Recycled and found objects are
evident throughout the space, including claw foot tubs and pedestal
sinks reclaimed from the streets. Alternative radiant floor heating
was installed to efficiently heat the units accommodating for tall
ceilings and large windows. The building is designed to achieve
a LEED silver rating.
SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY (submitted by MTA/NYC Transit) Spanning
approximately 8.5 miles between 125 th Street and Hanover Square,
the proposed Second Avenue Subway line will serve Manhattan’s
East Side. Alternative energy sources such as a geothermal exchange
system and fuel cell technology will be incorporated into the project.
To facilitate energy efficiency, the tracks will be constructed
with an aluminum third rail and utilize a saw-tooth profile. Also,
the station entrances will be oriented to maximize natural lighting
and tunnel ventilation.
STUDIO 27 REGENERATIVE ROW HOUSE (submitted by Studio
27 Architecture) This theoretical housing prototype combines advanced
technologies and ancient principles and can serve as a foundation
for a more sustainable community. The conceptualized row house
provides city wildlife with shelter on its green roof, as well
as space for a family garden. The design includes a 100% storm
water management system that collects rainwater, which can then
be recycled and reused for bathing and landscaping.
OCTAGON PARK APARTMENTS ( Becker
and Becker) Leadership in applying sustainable design principles
to residential development.
RAISING THE PHOENIX (CREA Affiliates) Integrated
rigor of sustainable remediation focusing on health and productivity.
BRONX CRIMINAL COURT HOUSE (Raphael Vinoly Architects)
Innovative day lighting strategies.
BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM ( Raphael Vinoly
Architects) Application of sustainable design principles to a museum.
NEW CORONA MAINTENANCE SHOP AND CAR WASH (MTA/NYC
Transit) Excellence in integrating sustainable design strategies
into a railcar maintenance facility.