The Brooklyn Navy Yard is fast becoming a vibrant hub for green industry. More than two dozen green companies operate there and a handful of buildings have been LEED certified. The construction of the Duggal Greenhouse, a 2-story, 60,000 square foot building, is currently underway, and it is on track to receive LEED Platinum certification. Designed by architect Gregory Okshteyn of Studios GO, the $7 million project will convert the old Building 268 into a state-of-the-art laboratory, where Duggal Visual Solutions will test and manufacture a variety of green products and building systems.
The new constructions, funded by both Duggal and the city, will also have rooftop solar panels and a graywater system. The Greenhouse will also serve as a green technology training center with classrooms, offices, and gallery space available, along with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline across the East River.
Duggal has contributed to the Navy Yard in the past, manufacturing and installing 90 wind and solar powered streetlights, which have saved the Navy Yard up to $11,000 in annual energy costs. Duggal isn’t the only one contributing to green infrastructure. GbNYC reported that three other buildings were also receiving LEED certification: Perry Building (LEED Gold), the Brooklyn Navy Yard Historical Center (unspecified level of LEED certification), and the B&H Photo-Video Distribution Center (LEED Silver).
New York City is becoming a major center for the green industry, and the Navy Yard is leading the way. Currently, 29 other green related businesses also operate in the Navy Yard. “The market for green living is right here,” said Mayor Bloomberg, in a report by The Daily News. “There’s an enormous concentration of companies, families and people who are committed to this as a lifestyle. We have the greatest workforce in the world and this government stays committed to this as a future.”