While the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves for the NBA postseason, their home arena just scored a victory for the environment. NYC-based Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Company are teaming up to install a new green roof atop Barclays Center designed by SHoP Architects. The entertainment and sports venue at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues has already achieved LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design and construction methods, and will now be topped off with a 130,000-square-foot planted roof.
“Our original design for the arena had anticipated a green roof as part of our effort to achieve Silver LEED certification,” MaryAnne Gilmartin, FCRC President and CEO, said. “While we independently reached that goal, we always hoped to still create a green roof, further improving the environmental footprint of the arena and also making a more direct connection to the sedum covered transit entrance on the plaza. Thanks to Greenland, which shares our commitment to sustainable development, we now have the resources to make this dream a reality.”
Besides the obvious positive environmental impact of building a green roof, dampening the noise coming from the $1 billion arena, which opened to the public in 2012, was another factor along with creating an aesthetically pleasing view for the residents who will soon be moving into fifteen towers with 6,400 units that are part of the 22-acre Atlantic Yards residential and commercial real estate development. The first residential tower, called B2, is currently under construction and will be the tallest modular building in the world when it opens later this year.
Barclays Center sits atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York. The arena is accessible by 11 subway and bus lines and the Atlantic Terminal of the Long Island Rail Road.
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