A pair of striking new landmarks on the West Side Highway are now officially open for business. Designed by Dattner Architects in collaboration with WXY Architecture, the new ultra-green Department of Sanitation complex is bursting with sustainable features such as a double-skin insulating facade and an impressive 1.5-acre green roof. Located along the Hudson River on Spring Street, the two innovative buildings consist of a LEED Gold-seeking garage-and-office structure and a striking crystal-shaped salt shed.
The complex, which is made up of a salt shed and a garage/offices, was specifically designed for LEED Gold certification has a number of impressive sustainable features such as a double-skin facade made up of a glass curtain wall and covered with 2,600 custom perforated-metal fins that reduce solar heat gain and glare. At the south-facing Personnel Areas and Repair Bays on the west side of the building, the fins are operable and move according to the sun’s location throughout the day.
Designed by Dattner Architects, the garage was built to accommodate over 150 sanitation vehicles and personnel facilities for three districts, as well as centralized fueling, a truck wash, and repair facilities. The space also provides office space, lockers and dining areas for over 200 employees. In addition to its multiple green features, the garage was designed to be a benchmark for the city’s Active Design program, which promotes health and wellness through design principles.
One of the most impressive features of the project is the building’s 1.5-acre green roof, which was built to improve storm water retention and thermal performance as well as to provide a more aesthetically pleasing view from the surrounding buildings. Additionally, harvested rainwater from the roof is collected and reused as graywater for washing the building and sanitation trucks.
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