Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center
|Client:||Brooklyn Botanic Garden|
|LEED:||LEED NC Gold Pursued|
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.
2013 American Architecture Award
2013 International Architecture Award