Whitney Museum of American Art at Gansevoort Street
Location: New York, NY
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop & Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Client: The Whitney Museum of American Art
Services: Commissioning
Property: Cultural & Entertainment
LEED: LEED NC Gold Pursued
Size: 185,000

In moving to the Meatpacking district of New York City the Whitney has done more than create an inventive, innovative space to expand their viewable collection.  The City of New York required the building to meet Local Law 86 standards, which requires 25% energy reduction below NYC energy code as well as a LEED Silver or higher certification.  The building includes vegetated open spaces for visitors irrigated with captured storm water from the terraced roof areas, as well as bike parking and shower facilities for staff members.  To meet the city’s high performance energy metric the building includes highly insulated facades and glazing, a 75kW reciprocating cogeneration engine with 1,000 gallons of hot water storage, CO2 sensors with outdoor air modulation, airside and waterside economizer, high efficiency chillers, and cooling tower optimization. Like the irrigation system, captured storm water feeds the cooling tower makeup. In insulating the building’s billowing façade, Vidaris performed extensive CFD analysis to protect against moisture and temperature issues within the concealed cavities.  Ultra-low emitting materials, enhanced outdoor air delivery and monitoring, and a building flush-out prior to occupancy will insure both the occupants and artworks are protected from indoor air contaminants.