Juxtaposing contemporary architecture with the original industrial interior, the design uses bright colors and a bold graphics system, while meeting energy efficiency and budgetary goals. The design includes materials with recycled content, sustainably sourced; local materials – concrete, brick, CMU, paving and decorative metals.
The existing architectural elements of the warehouse, which was originally used as a temporary repair shop for Brooklyn Rapid Transit trains from 1890 – 1916, are reorganized and rationalized for City Harvest. The design exposes and celebrates the historic structural and masonry elements of the building, including the restoration of the expansive ceiling height and original clerestory daylighting system.
City Harvest has a strong connection to sustainability through their rescue and distribution of millions of pounds of nutritious food that would otherwise have gone to waste. From the start, they were interested in an energy efficient building and healthy workplace. Ennead set a goal for LEED Gold certification and implemented WELL strategies through our design.
Ennead’s sustainability approach for the existing 1800’s structure included remediating the brownfield site, insulating the existing masonry envelope, installing new, high-performance windows, roof and storefront entries, and introducing an energy efficient, radiant heating and cooling system.