St. Nicks Alliance commissioned the design of a new 80,000 SF mixed-use building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The building includes a generous landscaped terrace, a visual and programmatic centerpiece for the residents. Equipped with efficient design elements and systems, and flexible retail space, Grand Street provides necessary, affordable, and environmentally sensitive housing for the neighborhood and community which St. Nicks Alliance has served for over 40 years. The retail space on the street level helps to continue the work of the Grand Street Business Improvement District.
MAP chose two distinct brick colors for the Grand Street façade to define and reduce the building scale, and echo the varied massing and materials elsewhere on the block. A vertical “green wall”, consisting of a planted trellis, separates the two brick masses and extends from the sidewalk up to the 6th floor setback roof, generating visual interest from the street while suggesting the sustainable nature of the building. The building’s south facing façade is covered in aluminum sun shades, which reduce glare and summertime heat build-up at the large living room windows. The residential entrance is separate from the retail and sheltered by a contemporary glass and steel canopy.
Striving to integrate highly efficient mechanical and energy systems, all living rooms and bedrooms will be equipped with hydronic PTAC units, and Energy Star equipment will be used throughout. Low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce water consumption. The project has incorporated the requirements of the HCR Green Building Criteria and the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program. It also satisfies the requirements for Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Certification Overlay for New York City HPD Projects.
In addition to introducing an efficient new building which respects and compliments the neighborhood context, in order to facilitate sustainable transportation choices by residents, a basement level bicycle storage room will exceed the city’s requirements.