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steel front fence; woodworking studio Bien Hecho crafted the FSC-certified-wood information desk in the front lobby, and recycled-glass company IceStone provided public restroom countertops. Of course, the local labor boosted the project’s sustainability. “You can’t get more local than working with people who are in the site,” Leber observes. tion, this turned from a trickle to a gush once Bloomberg took office, according to Leibowitz. During the current administration, the city has spent about $200 million on improving the yard’s infrastructure. The state and federal government have kicked in an additional $50 million. The government funding has generally gone toward buildings, roads, and upgrading the water, sewer, and electrical systems, Leibowitz says. The infrastructure improvements have spurred the yard’s own tenants to invest heavily in architectural renovations and new construction, totaling $750 million in private investment, she adds. The BNYDC’s dual emphasis on promoting green jobs and green architecture dovetails with the Bloomberg Administration’s broader goals for the city. During the current administration, “The number of jobs at the Navy Yard has nearly doubled,” notes Robert Steel, NYC’s deputy mayor for economic development. In other ways, too, such as boosting sustainability and improving the waterfront, the Navy Yard could be seen as “a real sign of success for this administration,” Leber remarks. But, in truth, the Navy Yard’s transformation is only just beginning, while Bloomberg’s administration is coming to an end. Like many urban projects, this one spans many years and multiple administrations. What’s perhaps most intriguing about the Navy Yard is the way its sustainable architecture and infrastructure have helped attract a growing concentration of eco-conscious businesses and R&D. No doubt more products like the Lumi Solair streetlamps will emerge from the yard, illuminating the way to a greener future. ■ Green wherever you look Politics = Architecture Lisa Delgado is a freelance journalist who has written for e-Oculus, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Blueprint, and Wired, among other publications. Duggal Greenhouse CLIENT: Baldev Duggal, Duggal Visual Solutions ARCHITECT: Studios GO DESIGN TEAM: Gregory Okshteyn, Assoc. AIA, Judson Buttner, Karla Karwas CONTRACTOR: JGM Construction LEED CONSULTANT: e4, Inc. MECHANICAL ENGINEER: (right) A dilapidated 1941 subassembly shop has been revamped by Studios GO to become the 35,000-squarefoot, multiuse Duggal Greenhouse. ©Gregory Okshteyn TSF Engineering ©Michelle Greene Signs of greening appear many other places in the Navy Yard. Atop one building, wind turbines spin; a rooftop farm grows upon another. Roadsides are lined with young trees, bike racks, and Lumi Solair streetlamps, which light the grounds at night, powered by off-grid wind and solar energy. A pocket park features furnishings made of salvaged materials by Michelle Greene, a sculptor and furniture maker who works in the yard. She designed tables made out of ship doors and benches crafted with window glass from a former Navy machine shop across the street. That machine shop and two others are being transformed into the Green Manufacturing Center (GMC), a hub for modern research and industry slated for completion by the end of 2014. Targeting LEED Silver, the GMC by Cybul Cybul Wilhelm Architects will be at least 215,000 square feet; some of its space will be devoted to New Lab, a high-tech design-andprototyping center where designers, manufacturers, and academics will work side by side, sharing space and equipment. Most of the yard’s recent projects are LEED certified or designed to be equally sustainable, such as the recently completed Duggal Greenhouse. This former subassembly shop was revamped by Studios GO to become a 35,000-square-foot multiuse space for client Baldev Duggal, the eco-conscious entrepreneur behind the Lumi Solair. What used to be a dark, dilapidated industrial shed from 1941 has been dramatically renovated to include expanses of glass admitting plentiful natural light and waterfront views. Green technologies include energy-efficient mechanical systems, LEP (lightemitting plasma) lighting, and solar panels on the roof. A concrete floor helps keep the space cool in summer and warm in winter; so far the building has never needed heating and uses only minimal air conditioning, says Gregory Okshteyn, owner and director of Studios GO. At the main entrance to the south, a luxuriant 30- by 15-foot green wall greets visitors. “This brought the space to life,” Okshteyn remarks. “Basically, that’s the receptionist welcoming you.” While city government offered some funding for the yard prior to the Bloomberg Administra- (left) A pocket park includes furnishings designed by Michelle Greene, a sculptor and furniture maker with a studio in the Navy Yard, using salvaged materials like ship doors for tables, and benches crafted with window glass from a former Navy machine shop. Fall 2013 Oculus 45

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

Letter from the President
A Word from the Editor
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

Oculus - Fall 2013