This 80,000 SF mixed-use building in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn provides affordable and environmentally sensitive housing for a community which the nonprofit developer, St. Nicks Alliance, has served for over 40 years. The building also includes flexible ground floor retail space which helps support the work of the Grand Street Business Improvement District. The residential entrance is separate from the retail and sheltered by a contemporary glass and steel canopy. At the second floor level, a generous landscaped rear terrace serves as a visual and programmatic centerpiece for the housing.
On the front façade, two distinct sections are defined by different brick colors and echo the varied massing and materials elsewhere on the block. A vertical “green wall”, consisting of a planted trellis, separates the two volumes and extends from the sidewalk up to the 6th floor setback roof. This generates visual interest from the street while suggesting the sustainable nature of the building. The structure’s south facing façade includes aluminum sun shades, which reduce glare and summertime heat build-up at the large living room windows.
The new building design integrates highly efficient mechanical and energy systems. All living rooms and bedrooms are equipped with hydronic PTAC units, and Energy Star equipment is used throughout. Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption. The project meets the requirements of the HCR Green Building Criteria, the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program and the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Certification Overlay for New York City HPD Projects. Additionally, the basement level bicycle storage room exceeds the city’s requirements, helping to provide another sustainable transportation choice for residents.