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Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Salt FacilityEdit profile
The Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage, at the corner of Spring Street and West Street, will house three district garages for the NYC Department of Sanitation. The new multi-story building will accommodate over 150 sanitation vehicles, separate vehicle wash and personnel facilities for each district, and centralized fueling and repair facilities. The site is a key gateway to the SoHo neighborhood and overlooks the Hudson River Park and Hudson River. A new salt storage shed will be located across Spring Street.
The design emphasizes a sense of openness and relationship to the community, as well as an environmentally responsible approach. While addressing the sensitivity of the urban context, the design meets the complex functional and technical requirements for a multi-story garage. The building’s articulated masonry base, decorative sidewalk and plantings add to its civic character with a pedestrian scale. The garage is treated as having three façades, each responding to its exposure and surrounding context: one faces an adjacent building, one wraps the more public street elevations, and the roof. Extensive glazed elements and perforated metal fins articulate the massing, lighten and reduce the apparent bulk of the building, and provide a sense of openness and scale that visually integrates the building with the neighborhood. The fins, operable for the occupied spaces and fixed in other areas of the curtainwall, mitigate sun exposure. A green roof, the third façade, softens views from neighboring buildings, protects the roof membrane and enhances storm water retention and thermal performance.
Further sustainable design strategies include recycled and “green” materials, natural daylighting to reduce lighting loads, energy efficient, mechanical systems and building controls, and
innovative ventilation approaches. Harvested rainwater from the green roof will be held in a
cistern to wash vehicles. The project is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification.
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