2010 NYC Brownfield Award Recipients
On June 21, 2010, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its second
annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the New York University School of
Law and recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield
Click on a link or scroll down to learn more about each award recipient.
Green Building Award – IAC Building
Located along the Hudson River waterfront and visible from
the High Line, Frank Gehry’s innovative IAC headquarters demonstrates excellence
in synergy between brownfield redevelopment and green building design.
The site, which housed a manufactured gas plant during the
19th century, posed remedial and construction challenges due to
contaminated soil and groundwater.
After environmental concerns were properly addressed, the subsequent
building design integrated innovative approaches to water and energy use
reduction including, among other elements, a computer driven shade control
system to monitor daylight and constructing the building’s roof with a highly
reflective material to reduce the building’s overall heat load.
The IAC Building proudly serves as an inspiration for future
remedial and redevelopment projects to embrace green building design and
Affordable Housing Award – Atlantic Avenue
The Atlantic Avenue Apartment Complex, located on a former
50,628 square foot vacant lot in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, is the product of
successful remedial and redevelopment efforts. The property
had been vacant since the 1970s. The project was only the
fourth multi-family, high-rise building in the country to receive Energy-star
certification from the USEPA through NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program
(it beat the baseline efficiency of ASHRAE 90.1 by 20%).
Accomplished through collaboration among the NYC Department of Housing,
Preservation and Development, developers and local residents, the 150-unit
Atlantic Avenue Apartment Complex offers a spacious community room, a
beautifully landscaped yard, a children’s play area and a daycare service,
operated by the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service.
Apartments have been rented to households in four income
tiers serving families with a broad range of incomes from 40% of Area Median
Income (HUD’s annual calculation by county) to 90% of AMI.
The Atlantic Apartments offer low-income families the chance
to have a secure and welcoming home.
Environmental Protection Award – JFK’s American
Airlines Terminal Redevelopment
Concurrent with American Airlines’ $1.3 billion terminal redevelopment
project at JFK International Airport, URS Corp. and American Airlines
collaborated to remediate subsurface environmental contamination at Concourses A
and B caused by aged infrastructure, in particular, the fuel delivery system and
a former field of underground storage tanks. The primary contaminants of concern
were free product, total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), benzene, and methyl
tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).
The primary treatment alternative selected to address free product
recovery was multi-phase extraction (MPE). Eight fixed MPE systems were
installed with over 220 extraction wells to remediate the aerial extent of 9.4
acres of light non-aqueous petroleum phase liquid (LNAPL) plumes. Supplemental
in-situ technologies (i.e. bioremediation, chemical oxidation, and monitored
natural attenuation) were necessary to achieve site closure requirements. In
total, approximately 300,000 gallons of free product and 18 million gallons of
groundwater were remediated.
Economic Development Award - Bronx Park
Located on White Plains Road, the Bronx Park Apartments is a 7-story
mixed-use building consisting of 74 units of affordable housing and
approximately 11,000 square feet of commercial space on a former gas station and
auto repair shop site. The retail component of the building
is being leased to a major supermarket chain, a much needed amenity that was
pursued by local residents.
The business is anticipated to create approximately 50 permanent jobs
for managers, warehouse workers, grocery workers, and administrative
staff. The resulting project is a homerun scenario for the
area; one which removes a contaminated site and replaces it not only with
affordable housing but also with a much needed resource that serves as a
neighborhood anchor and provides a considerable number of locally sourced
Open Space Award - The Shops at Atlas
Family owned for four generations, the Atlas Terminals
Industrial Park housed a number of industries from 1922 to the 1980s. Damon
Hemmerdinger, a fourth-generation developer, was interested in cleaning the
property and converting it to a more productive use. In the true spirit of
community outreach, the owner wanted to give back to the same community that had
sustained his family’s Atlas Terminals Industrial Park for four
The Shops at Atlas Park, known as a lifestyle center, the first of its
kind in New York State, includes more than two acres of public recreational open
space in the center of the development that is surrounded by retail specialty
shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. The Shops at Atlas Park is both an
entertainment and shopping destination designed to significantly enhance the
lifestyle of residents in the immediate Glendale, Forest Hills and Middle
Village areas as well as residents throughout the five boroughs and