New York City is becoming a beacon for green innovation. While a majority of the concepts, redevelopments and already built projects focus on incorporating greenery into the ‘concrete jungle’, the city’s green building industry is now pushing for an increase in industrial energy efficiency retrofits.
A newly-released plan for the Brooklyn Navy Yard stands as a major industrial retrofit for NYC. The Navy Yard site is slated to become a $46 million Green Manufacturing Centre.
Once developed, the new buildings that will make up the centre are expected to house facilities to aid in the development of clean technologies and green light manufacturing. Not only will the undertakings inside the manufacturing facility have a green focus, the buildings themselves are predicted to be highly sustainable.
The basis of the project is a retrofit rather than a new build, with the development team using the foundations and framework of three original 19th century Navy Yard structures to develop the new manufacturing centre. Due to the age of the original structures, the developers will use the engineering services of Robert Silman Associates (RSA) in order to both stabilise the frames for the new buildings and preserve the key elements of the original buildings.
The Green Manufacturing Centre will also rely in part on the state’s largest solar power arrays. In bringing these green objectives together, the development will aim for a LEED Silver certification.
Perhaps the most positive element offered by the development is its socially-sustainable outlook. The major redevelopment is expected to generate work in both the construction and manufacturing sectors, with a projected 400 construction jobs to be created throughout the Library project’s development stage and a further 300 manufacturing jobs created once the centre is up and running.
The development already has the support of the city, with Mayor Bloomberg offering investment and promotional support.The ongoing green industrial potential this development will offer is extensive and stands as a positive step in the NYC’s plans to develop a holistically environmentally responsible city.