In 2000 hanrahan Meyers architects (hMa) were hired as the Master Plan Architects for Battery Park City Authority’s North Neighborhood, the most forward-thinking urban master plan in the United States. The North Neighborhood is the location of the first green high-rise residential tower in the United States and is the first sustainably designed high-rise neighborhood in the world. When the North Neighborhood is complete in 2012 it will include a total of 5 million square feet of sustainable buildings, an array of new technologies and operating practices and a unique integration with the spectacular natural features of New York's waterfront.
Battery Park City North Neighborhood Master Plan by hanrahan Meyers architects : isometric showing Green Roofs and Parks/ Post: Victoria Meyers architect
Below is an exerpt from a May 17, 2006 article about Battery Park City's Master Plan's state-of-the-art green features. hMa are proud to have been key participants in the development of the most forward-thinking high-rise development in a complex urban center, for the past eleven years.
"Green Map" of Battery Park City
The following is an excerpt from "Putting Environmentalism on the Urban Map". To see the full article, follow the link: www.nytimes.com.
By ROBIN POGREBIN
Published: May 17, 2006
"YES, there are sweeping views of the Hudson River, 35 acres of parkland and waterfront promenades. But what gets James Cavanaugh especially jazzed about Battery Park City is the reclaimed toilet water, processed by a waste-treatment plant in the basement of an apartment building at 20 River Terrace.
In fact, Mr. Cavanaugh, the president and chief executive of the Battery Park City Authority, has tasted it.
The plant is located in the base of the Solaire, the first residential high-rise building in New York City to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Solaire, certified in 2004, is still the exception in the city; only recently have architects, developers and construction managers begun to integrate so-called sustainable design into their high-rise projects. But in Battery Park City, the Solaire has become the rule.
By 2009, when all the available sites on its 92 acres will be developed, Battery Park City will have eight green residential buildings and a green Goldman Sachs headquarters. All these projects are expected to be certified gold — with three potentially rated platinum — under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ratings system, including hanrahan Meyers architects' (hMa's) DWiP.
The LEED ratings were established by the Green Building Council to evaluate a building's efforts to use renewable materials, conserve energy and water consumption and enhance indoor air quality. This makes Battery Park City an experiment in creating an all-green neighborhood, which so far appears to be unmatched in the United States.
DWiP is scheduled to open September 1, 2012; Post, Victoria Meyers architect
"It's looking at the way an entire built community comes together — Battery Park City is visionary in that regard," said S. Richard Fedrizzi, president and chief executive of the Green Building Council, a coalition of building industry leaders who promote environmentally responsible — or sustainable — design. "It's a beacon for what communities all over the country and all over the world are doing."
The greening of Battery Park City started in 1999, when the authority — a New York State public-benefit corporation — drafted its own green building guidelines, which require that every residence in the area meet strict sustainability criteria. (The guidelines for commercial properties followed in 2002.)
Battery Park City is now insisting that developers retrofit their existing pre-guideline buildings to make them green, a process under way at the New York Mercantile Exchange's building.
"We have the opportunity in Battery Park City — because our authority is in control — where we can make it a condition for all future development," said Gov. George E. Pataki, in a telephone interview.
People have come from all over to learn from Battery Park City, including contingents from the Czech Republic, China and Korea. The authority recently made a presentation to the United States Conference of Mayors in Albuquerque and was part of an international green building challenge at the international Sustainable Building Conference in Oslo.
"This is a movement that is taking hold and moving forward," said Timothy S. Carey, the former president and chief executive of the Battery Park City Authority.
The visitors come not only because of the high concentration of green buildings there, but also because the authority's green guidelines are so stringent. In many cases, the guidelines exceed those of the Green Building Council. The buildings also have to be 30 percent more energy efficient than New York State building code demands for all types of construction.
The authority requires photovoltaics, which capture heat from the sun and turn it into electricity. Green roofs are required for 75 percent of a building's nonmechanical roof area. All the parks are run organically, using horticultural soap instead of pesticides, and the ball fields feature waterless urinals and composting toilets.
In evaluating developers' proposals, the authority gives almost as much weight to the environmental pitch as it does the financial. "We expect potential developers to go beyond our guidelines and do even better," Mr. Cavanaugh said. "We're not just looking for top dollar, but also sustainable design. The developers are really on notice. They've got to push the envelope every time we engage them to be as aggressive as they can."
Mr. Carey said that at first the authority's board did not know what to make of the idea. "Some thought I meant green bricks." "
hanrahan Meyers architects' community center, 'Digital Water i-Pavilion', DWiP, on North End Avenue in Battery Park City click here to see more images of DWiP on www.hanrahanmeyers.com, Post Victoria Meyers architect