Oculus - Fall 2013 - (Page 43)

feature Yard Work Sustainability is key while expanding the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park – and the tenants wouldn’t have it any other way B Y L I S A DE L G A DO anufacturing is often associated with toxins and waste, but the Brooklyn Navy Yard is showing industry’s greener side. The 300-acre industrial park along the shore of Wallabout Bay has become a magnet for eco-friendly manufacturing businesses, with rising numbers of green buildings and infrastructure to match. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has helped fund many of the yard’s infrastructure improvements, once said the yard is a “national model for the development of a sustainable industrial district.” First established in 1801 as a naval facility, the yard was known for cuttingedge shipbuilding and repair. It rose to fame in World War II, but the federal government decommissioned it in 1966, leading to heavy job losses. A few years later, the city government purchased the yard to keep it as a site for industry. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), a private not-for-profit, has managed the site since 1981, and nowadays the buildings are rented by mostly small companies (70% occupy spaces that are 5,000 square feet or less), though there are some large anchor tenants, such as Steiner Studios and Shiel Medical Laboratory. The yard has 330 businesses (with a total of around 6,400 employees), and 150 more businesses on a waiting list to get in. “We expect to be adding about two million square feet of renovated space and new construction over the next five years, which would hopefully double the employment here,” says Shani Leibowitz, AICP, the BNYDC’s senior vice president of development ©Chuck Choi M (above) The atrium in BLDG 92 connects the historic building to the modern extension. ©Chuck Choi (below) Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners’ LEED Platinum BLDG 92 combines an 1857 former Marine commandant’s residence, now an exhibition space and visitors center, with a new 24,500-square-foot addition that houses a café, an employment center, and staff office space. Politics = Architecture Fall 2013 Oculus 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2013

Letter from the President
A Word from the Editor
Op-Ed
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The City More Beautiful
Affordable Housing in 2013: Communities, Not Containers
Riverfront Redesigned
The Future of Prefab
From Ports to Parks: New York’s Waterfront Wager
East River Magic
Shoring Up for the Future
FAR ROC Rocks!
Yard Work
In Print
132-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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