This high-performance building was commissioned by the New York Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for the Department of Transportation (DOT). The facility was one of the inaugural projects for a city-wide initiative to promote sustainable (‘green’) architecture by increasing the energy performance of new municipal buildings. Designed by Scott while working with Gruzen Samton, the project was awarded LEED Platinum Certification.
An articulated roof form serves dual purposes: It accomplishes sustainable goals by bringing daylight into the building; and scales the building to the surrounding residential neighborhood.
The previous facility, situated on a brownfield site, was carefully deconstructed in order to repurpose elements such as the wood beams and steel for new uses off-site. 75% of the waste on site during demolition and construction was diverted from landfills.
The key building performance strategy pursued by the team was daylighting. The project achieved an over two-thirds reduction modeled energy saving over an ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 base building, with a projected 23% additional savings once the planned PV panels were installed. The modeled artificial lighting system was 85% below the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 base building.
‘Being green’ is an award just in itself. Daylight is free, and bringing it into a building not only makes sense for energy conservation, but it creates dynamic spaces that are constantly changing as the sun moves through the day and seasons.