Project
Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Architect: Weiss/Manfredi Architects
Client: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Services: Commissioning
Energy
Green
Property: Cultural & Entertainment
LEED: LEED NC Gold Pursued
Size: 20,000

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has made sustainable development a  primary objective of their new Visitor Center.  The design draws visitors into the landscape, minimizes the building’s impact on the site and creates healthy work environments for BBG employees.  Weiss/Manfredi was contracted to lead this expansion with JBB as the MEP engineer, and with Vidaris providing energy modeling, LEED/green consulting and Enhanced MEP commissioning services. 

Vidaris assisted the project team in pursuing a number of sustainability measures including a 4” green roof system which reduces storm water runoff and the urban heat island effect, capturing and infiltrating 100% of the site storm water, reducing the potable annual water consumption by more than 35% through selection of low-flow fixtures and protecting indoor air quality through specification of low-emitting materials. 

Energy conserving strategies included utilizing envelope and high performance glazing assemblies, bermed-earth construction at building’s north side, high performance Ground Source Heat Pumps, and CO2 sensors with demand control ventilation.

 

Awards:

2013 American Architecture Award

2013 International Architecture Award