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Navy Yard among city's first industrial LEED projects.

A new multi-tenant industrial building in the city-owned Brooklyn Navy Yard is expected to set a new standard for sustainable design in New York City.

When completed, it will be one of the city's first green industrial buildings and will be seeking certification from the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System[TM] developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The project is the first phase of an expansion program that will add more than 400,000 s/f of new industrial space to the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. The expansion plan, announced by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a groundbreaking ceremony in October, includes development of six new buildings over the next three years.

The new three-story building at Perry Avenue will provide approximately 88,000 square feet of rentable space for light industrial uses.

It contains large high-bay spaces on the first floor for warehouse and assembly or process uses and smaller spaces on the upper floors for multiple tenants including artisans and light manufacturers.

The steel-framed building will be built over original pile foundations left behind after the demolition of three older buildings. The building design was approved by the Art Commission of New York in July 2006.

The project incorporates a wide range of sustainable design features, including resource-conserving technologies such as a wind turbine to supply part of the building's energy; a high-performance thermal envelope; waterless urinals; a stormwater harvesting system; a natural ventilation system and recycled content in all building materials.

The building has been accepted to the pilot core and shell program of the U.S. Building Council's LEED rating system and is the first Brooklyn Navy Yard building to seek LEED certification. The LEED Green Building Rating System for Core and Shell Development is for new building owners who address sustainable design for new core and shell construction.

It is a market-specific application which recognizes the unique nature of core and shell development, and works to set up a synergistic relationship which allows future tenants to capitalize on green strategies implemented by the owner.

LEED is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings and gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard was established in 1801 and is today one of New York City's largest and most successful industrial centers. Located on a 300-acre industrial park on the East River waterfront between the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges, it served as one of America's principal military facilities for more than 150 years.

It was closed by the federal government in 1966 and reopened as an industrial park in 1970 when the city assumed ownership.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation--under the leadership of president Andrew H. Kimball and chairman Alan H. Fishman--is the not-for-profit corporation that manages the Navy Yard under a lease with the city. The overall complex consists of 40 rentable buildings with four million square feet of industrial capacity. With more than 230 private-sector tenants, it supports a workforce of 4,000 permanent employees and a temporary workforce ranging daily from 500 to 1,000 employees.

The three-year Phase I expansion program now underway involves the construction of six new buildings containing 401,900 square feet of industrial space and the addition of 800 permanent employees.

The six new buildings include the Perry Avenue building; a three-building, 138,400-square-foot food industry complex; and buildings of 24,500 and 150,000 square feet.

Construction of the Perry Avenue project began in October and is scheduled for completion in early 2008.

By Rona Easton, AIA, ARB, LEED AP, Senior Architect, Vollmer Associates
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Title Annotation:SPECIAL REPORT: Sustainable Design
Author:Easton, Rona
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 6, 2006
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