Seeing is believing. Lori Raphael, director of Real Estate & Development for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, led Chamber members on a tour of three LEED certified buildings that received Building Brooklyn Awards this year–Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Galapagos Art Space, and the Perry Building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Stuart Leffler and Con Edison provided bus transportation for the October 7 tour.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
The Brooklyn Children’s
Museum, built in 1977, was renovated and expanded by Rafael Vinoly Architects PC and Skanska USA Building. It is now New York City’s first LEED certified museum.
The museum, which doubled in size, features natural light pouring through energy efficient windows, solar panels, recycled materials, a heating and cooling system that uses less energy because it’s drawn from the water table underground, and bright yellow tiles on the exterior that will never require painting. The museum also added a roof deck (right) and dining area to better accommodate families, camp and school groups, and kids participating in the museum’s extensive after school activities.
Galapagos Art Space
The Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street in DUMBO, (right) is the city’s first LEED certified arts space. Robert Elmes, director, said Galapagos doubled the space it had when it was located in Williamsburg, but the utility costs are comparable to what they were in the old building.
The 9,000 square foot building was originally a horse stable and is now used by Galapagos to promote emerging artists.
The steel is 100 percent recycled and tables and stools are placed around a 1,600 square foot lake of well water, which also warms the building. The space features a sustainable wood stage, low lighting, and radiant heating inside the walls.
Richard Drucker, of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, hosted the group at the 89,000 square foot Perry Building, which will be home to SurroundArt. The building features mounted wind turbines, solar panels (photos below) , recycled building materials, and skylights for natural light. It is the nation’s first multi-story, multi-tenanted, green industrial building. Beginning in 2007, all new buildings constructed in the Navy Yard were required to be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver or greater standards.