Power House is First Facility in a New York City Park to Receive LEED Certification NYC Parks & Recreation announced that the Power House, a restored historic 25,800-square-foot building in Mill Pond Park in the Bronx, has been awarded LEED® Gold
GardenNews.biz - Jan 02,2011 - NEW YORK CITY PARKS - Power House Building In Mill Pond Park Awarded Prestigious Leed® Green Building Certification
Power House is First Facility in a New York City Park to Receive LEED Certification
NYC Parks & Recreation announced that the Power House, a restored historic 25,800-square-foot building in Mill Pond Park in the Bronx, has been awarded LEED® Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Power House, which originally supported the food refrigeration warehouse at the Bronx Terminal Market, was restored and re-opened in March 2010 as part of the Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project. The $13.7 million Power House is located in Mill Pond Park, a 10-acre waterfront park created along the Harlem River, which is the first significant waterfront park to open along the Bronx bank of the Harlem River in recent years.
“New York City parks are at the forefront of sustainable design in New York City, across the country, and around the world” said Commissioner Benepe. “We are a leader, in partnership with hundreds of experts and environmental organizations, in making the city's parkland and park facilities green laboratories for cutting edge landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, and planning. In keeping with Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2.0 objective to advance green initiatives, we will continue to innovate and create practical solutions on energy conservation, storm water management and water use reduction, and CO2 emissions reduction. All of these initiatives will foster a sense of place within the natural environment. We are honored to receive our first LEED Gold certification award from the U.S. Green Building Council for New York City parks and look forward to cutting the ribbon on future LEED projects which are in the making.”
The Power House currently features a green roof with plantings visible from the nearby Major Deegan Expressway, public restrooms and office space on the first floor for the Parks Department. The concessionaire is working to outfit the Power House’s indoor café, tennis clubhouse and locker room. The building’s second floor includes 12,500 square feet of space for public programming.
“Creating new and improved green space was a top priority of our Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “Mill Pond Park is green in two senses of the word. It gives residents over 10 acres of state-of-the-art park facilities, and the Power House building – with a green roof, native plantings and reduced water use – is also helping to make the neighborhood more sustainable and more livable. Congratulations to the Parks Department on their first LEED Gold certification.”
The Power House achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute