Located at the edge of Manhattan alongside Hudson River Park, this new Sanitation Facility for three garages and a salt shed operates 24 hours a day and houses office, locker, lunch, and workout spaces for staff as well as full maintenance facilities for vehicle repair and storage. The project is a collaboration with Dattner Architects. The design intention reflects the functions of the garage and saltshed through its architectural expression on the facade to create a civic building worthy of its very prominent site.
The project is designed for LEED Gold certification, and is also a benchmark project for NYC’s Active Design program. The outer layer of the double-skin façade is composed of custom designed, perforated metal fins that reduce solar loading on the curtain wall beneath and provide a strong vertical articulation of the project’s mass. The building includes a green roof that increases stormwater retention and thermal performance, while also protecting the roof membrane below and providing for a more attractive view from the surrounding buildings.