Park Loggia (1865 Broadway/15 West 61st Street)

Location:New York, NY
Architect:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Client:AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

This glazed terra cotta clad residential tower is comprised of 172 condominium and rental apartments in a 26-story tower atop a 6-story podium with retail space. The facade features deeply recessed windows and the podium features a large terrace at its top. At the pinnacle of the tower is a three-story/triple-height loggia surrounding mechanical spaces.

Vidaris’ various disciplines collaborate synergistically on this project. Vidaris consulted on the energy performance implications of the façade, HVAC and lighting in the context of Zone Green, LEED and the NYC Energy Code. For facades and roofs, the Energy group collaborated closely with Vidaris’ Envelope group to develop cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions. The Envelope group provided consulting during design, and inspections during construction.

Using THERM, Vidaris modeled the thermal performance of each of the components of the exterior wall, from spandrel panels to columns to party walls. These values were then used in energy modeling, where options included among others:

  • Enhanced envelope performance
  • Condensing modular boilers
  • High efficiency water source heat pumps
  • Several options for combined heat and power (CHP) plant (cogen system) with capacity rating from 100 - 200 kW

Vidaris’ sustainability services include full LEED Project Management from initial goal setting sessions to detailed credit reviews, LEED specification, submittal reviews, and preparation/coordination of the LEED submissions to the GBCI. Included in the LEED scope are highly efficient MERV 13 filters for individual apartments, stormwater detention tank for resiliency benefits, and a vegetated roof terrace.

Additionally, Vidaris’ sister company, LPI, provided commissioning and Energy Code Progress Inspections.

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