The Amberly (203 Jay Street)

203 Jay Street's The Amberly is a new, mixed-use development in downtown Brooklyn featuring an 8-story commercial podium with both retail and office space underneath a 29-story residential tower with 270 units, totaling 355,000 square feet. Amenity spaces include a 9th-floor terrace, a 33rd-floor terrace and a rooftop deck. The tower features a combination of glass window wall and metal panels alongside a base of terracotta panels. Vidaris provided building envelope consulting and monitoring services for the project, including the exterior wall, roofing and waterproofing. The project architect was Woods Bagot and Vidaris' client was AmTrust Realty Group.

Winthrop Center

The new Winthrop Center tower is replacing a 4-story public garage in the Financial District of Boston. Set to be almost 700 feet tall, the development will be mixed use, containing approximately 500 residential units, offices and retail space as well as an underground garage, and will be a market leader in sustainability and resiliency, seeking certification as a Passive House Pilot Project as well as LEED Platinum. Vidaris is providing exterior wall, roofing and waterproofing consulting, and will be providing site monitoring. Rendering Credit: MP Boston | Steelblue

Flushing Commons

This was the first of several phases for Flushing Commons. This project is mixed use with a 600-unit residential tower, 420,000 sf of commerical office and retail space, a 62,000 sf YMCA and 15,000 sf of community facility space, and a 1,600-car parking garage. It is a LEED v3 C+S project. Vidaris helped Rockefeller Group achieve 15.3% savings. Our scope included energy analysis for LEED, Energy Code and NYSERDA incentives. It was cofounded by NYSERDA’s NCP. We were under contract with Perkins Eastman, the Architect. LEED consulting was performed by Taitem Engineering.   Photo Credit: Copyright Andrew Rugge, Courtesy Perkins Eastman

The Crown Building (730 Fifth Avenue)

The existing 26-story office building built in 1921 is undergoing a significant restoration, converting the neoclassical Beaux-Arts building into 83 hotel guest suites and 20 luxury condos, including a five-story penthouse. The tower features an octagonal pyramid roof and a tall chimney, both with gilded details. The restoration includes:
  • Window replacement
  • Storefront replacement at the new entrance lobby
  • Façade repair (masonry restoration)
  • New sky terrace and new amenity terraces at Floors 10, 14 and 16. The new amenity terrace on Floor 10 will be part of the Hotel, and will include a new opening, doors, canopy and glazing at the existing walls as well as new glass railings. The new amenity terraces at Floors 14 and 16 are planned to have private pools for their respective residential units. Our scope of work includes review and detailing of all waterproofing systems for the new terraces (pools, landscaping, etc.)
  • Metal cladding at the top of the inclined roof and chimney
The new construction portion of the Project is a vertical expansion to be added above the existing annex building. With our expansive renovation and expansion portfolio, Vidaris will use its expertise to help transform this famed commercial office and retail building into a luxury hotel and residences icon of New York City.

Halletts Point Building One

Located on an elevated shoreline in Astoria, Queens, Halletts Point Building One is the first of seven buildings in a 2.4 million square foot development which features residential rentals, a supermarket, retail, esplanade, parklands, community use facilities, and renovated playgrounds. Vidaris’ façade consultants assisted the Owner and Architect on the exterior envelope. Vidaris’ sustainability team investigated the Enterprise Green Communities and LEED ratings, with the project settling on the latter. We provided full LEED Project Management services, ranging from initial goal setting sessions to detailed credit reviews, LEED specifications, submittal reviews, and preparation/coordination of the LEED submissions to the GBCI. Vidaris provided technical guidance on some of the more complex LEED credits, including preapproval of naturally ventilated spaces as an alternative compliance path for the minimum indoor air quality performance prerequisite. Our professionals collaborated on the integrative process, blackwater treatment and reuse for indoor flushing, selection of products with environmental product declarations, and material ingredient reporting. We also assisted the project team in achieving innovation credits, including sustainable wastewater management. Additionally, Vidaris at the request of the Owner, conducted advanced materials research and compared materials on the basis of environmental health.

53 West 53rd Street (MoMA Tower)

MoMA Tower will be another addition to the Manhattan skyline upon its completion. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, the 1,050-foot supertall tower tapers to its 82nd floor with the exterior wall featuring triple pane glass windows, making it the tallest building of its kind with this window selection. 170 luxury residential condominiums fill most of the tower, occupying 442,357 square feet, while the Musuem of Modern Art will occupy floors two, four and five for gallery space, at a total of 36,000 square feet. The facade is made up on metal and glass, and has a diagonal grid.

35 Hudson Yards

Located in the East Rail Yards (ERY) section of Hudson Yards, a 17 million square foot development, this project includes six office floors, 217 hotel rooms, 135 residential condominiums, with retail on three floors.

Along with 35 Hudson Yards, Vidaris serves as the LEED/energy consultant for 10 Hudson Yards (LEED Platinum), 55 Hudson Yards, 30 Hudson Yards, 15 Hudson Yards, the Shed and the Retail Podium -- all LEED Gold. Vidaris also provides the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) consulting for the entire Hudson Yards site. Vidaris has also performed a site-wide study of the energy efficiency of the 13 MW cogeneration plant.

Vidaris assisted in optimizing the energy efficiency of the design through analysis of several measures, notably:
•glazing with lower solar heat gain coefficient and lower U- factor, spectrally-selective for increased light transmittance
•efficient spandrel panels, with optimization for cost- effective installation
•measurement & verification system
•heat wheel and also heat recovery for swimming pool
•VAV systems in areas that are usually serviced by constant volume systems (assembly areas, conference rooms)
•high efficiency chillers and boilers
•hot water and chilled water from the campus cogen plant, serving part of the building

Vidaris also conducted THERM analysis to evaluate condensation potential of specific design features, with specific recommendations to avoid it.

Vidaris’ LEED consulting has included offering an evaluation of the potential for pursuing LEED Platinum for the building, and documentation support of such measures as:
•35,000 gallon stormwater retention tank, with filtration.
•Weighted heat island compliance calculations, allowing for most effective terrace and high roof material selection
•Tenant guidelines for the office, restaurant and retail spaces
•Low-water use fixtures for multiple occupancy types for at least 20% water savings compliance
Vidaris’ consulting has been cost-shared by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

5 Beekman Street

One of the world’s oldest still-extant skyscrapers and one of the few to preserve its interior, 5 Beekman Place was originally Temple Court, an office building designed in 1883 by James M. Farnsworth in an exuberant panoply of Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival and neo-Grec styles.  Among the red brick pile’s notable features is a spectacular full nine-story atrium, framed with wrought iron balconies and topped with a skylight. The ornate building transitioned into a hotel with 287 hotel rooms. The nine-story brick, terra-cotta and stone masonry structure also has two 11-story corner pavilions capped by pyramidal roofs and a 10-story annex clad in Irish limestone. In addition to the pavilions, 5 Beekman’s exterior is notable for its 2-story mansard roof, cast iron window surrounds and highly expressive use of Dorchester stone, granite and terra cotta. Working with GFI Development to renovate the building into a hotel/condominium complex, Vidaris is completing a thorough restoration of exterior elements, including fully rebuilding 5 Beekman’s slate-roofed twin pyramidal towers and restoring their cast iron finials. Work also includes repointing the brick façade and stabilizing, cleaning and restoring all exterior masonry and terra cotta, removing paint and other coatings, patching, pointing and replacing missing and damaged stone as well as inspecting repair work done on the cast iron. New wood windows were installed throughout the building, the historic skylight was restored, and the mansard roofs were rebuilt. Vidaris worked with the Landmark Preservation Committee for the landmarked historic building. Adjacent and connected to the building are 68 condominiums in a new construction 51-story glass tower. Design and construction of the tower was under the direction of Vidaris’ new construction team. The project received a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Award in 2017 by the Preservation League of New York State as “Excellence in Historic Preservation.”

MiMA (450 W. 42nd Street)

The MiMa Hotel and Residential tower was designed by Architectonica (design architect) and Ismael Leyva Architects (project architect).  It includes a 24-story hotel and 57-story residential tower, retail, a residential gym, meeting spaces, lounges (indoor and outdoor), a theater, and underground parking.  Stormwater collected from the roof areas is used for irrigation and cooling tower.  Low flow fixtures throughout the residential, hotel and commercial spaces further reduce the potable water use.  Various energy efficiency strategies are incorporated including lighting density reductions through fluorescent and LED lamps, occupancy sensors in hotel rooms and administrative spaces, highly efficient water loop heat pump system with hot water winter bypass, and efficient transportation systems.  As a result, the project shows over 21% energy cost savings over the LEED baseline.

Vidaris provided consulting services on energy efficiency and LEED/green, as well as on tax deductions under Section 179d of the Federal tax code.

The New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) cofunded Vidaris' consulting.

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