Town of North Hempstead "Yes We Can" Community Center
Location: North Hempstead, NY
Architect: The RBA Group
Client: Town of North Hempstead
Services: Energy
Property: Cultural & Entertainment
LEED: LEED-NC Platinum 2013
Size: 60000

The town of North Hempstead Community Center is a 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.  It features two NBA-sized basketball courts, a fitness center, dance and TV studios, senior and teen lounge, internet café, community meeting rooms and much more.  The project was conceived to not only serve the community but to act as an example of sustainable design and operation. 

Site design features include 100% native plantings, a community garden utilizing rainwater catchment, and a comprehensive storm water design including bioswales, infiltration basins, and permeable pavement areas.  Also, internal water use is reduced over 67% through the use of ultra low-flow fixtures and graywater for urinal and toilets (a first for Long Island).  Potable water use for sewage flow has been eliminated.

The project incorporates energy efficiency measures for a projected cost savings of 35% over ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 Appendix G.  Some of the energy efficiency measures include:

  • Ground source heat pumps will provide nearly all of the heating and cooling capacity for the building.
  • A roof mounted photovoltaic array, along with parking lot canopy, is projected to provide at least 10% of buildings electrical needs.
  • Solar hot-water panels to offset all of the buildings hot-water demand
  • Full building BMS system and enhanced commissioning of HVAC systems

The indoor environmental quality for the occupants was also a focus of the design team.  Low-emitting materials were utilized throughout the building, and enhanced level of particulate filtration and outdoor air delivery were included in the mechanical system design.  Because the building is regularly occupied from subgrade to the second floor, adequate daylighting was provided to almost all regularly occupied spaces, even sub-grade areas.  And an Indoor Air Quality Plan was implemented throughout construction.


USGBC Long Island Chapter Project of the Year - 2013