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David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens

A Green Multifamily residential in New York, NY, NY.
  • 263 West 153rd Street
  • New York, NY
  • NY
  • 10039
  • Kirsten Sibilia, Chief Marketing Officer
  • 212-247-2660

  • David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens is an affordable housing development located in Harlem, comprising 85 studio to two bedroom apartments, to house low-income families and youths aging out of foster care. The building includes a community center with classroom and activity spaces for the sponsor's building trades training program. A landscaped garden area provides an outdoor recreational space for residents and re-establishes a community garden located on the site.

    The masonry bearing wall and pre-cast concrete plank building is organized into bays on contrasting brick colors to provide scale and visual interest. Brick banding and a rusticated base emphasize the residential character of the building. Two recessed, glazed window wall bays interrupt the brick facade to mark the residence and community center entries and open the facade to the community.

    The project participated in the Enterprise Green Communities Initiative. Sustainable design features include: use of EnergyStar appliances and fixtures; low-flow plumbing fixtures; use of green and recycled materials; enhancement of indoor air quality through insulation and innovative apartment ventilation; native, low-maintenance planting; green roof; photo-voltaic panels, rainwater harvesting; and resident education. The green roof is on the sixth floor setback roof with a solarium for use by the residents. A rainwater harvesting system provides water for irrigation of the garden. Sunshades control solar gain at windows.
  • A,C to 155th St, Nicholas Ave
    B,D to 155th St
    3 to 148th St
  • Construction year
  • 2008
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 80
  • No. floors
  • 7
  • Certification
  • Enterprise Green Communities
  • Green Energy Features
  • Photovoltaic roof panels - 22 Kilowatt Output
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • Sub-metering
    South facade solar shading
    Energy Star appliances and lights
    Occupancy sensors in stairwells and corridors
    High performance facade
    High performance mechanical systems
  • Green Products
  • Non-toxic paints, caulking, sealants and cabinetry
    Linoleum tiles
    Enhancement of indoor air quality through insulation and innovative apartment ventilation.
    Resident education
    IceStone desks and counter on ground floor
    Individually ventilated apartments using "trickle vents"
  • Water Conservation Features
  • 9950sqft of greenroof, including a modular grid system, a public GreenThumb community garden, and 'outdoor classroom' with places for gathering.
    Native, low-maintenance planting
    A rainwater harvesting system will funnel water from the roof into storage tanks to be used for irrigation, reducing utility costs and stormwater run-off.
    Low-flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Transportation
  • 3 blocks to nearest Subway station, 1 block to numerous bus routes.
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • Brick cavity wall with high performance insulation
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • Multifamily residential
  • Designer
  • Dattner Architects
  • Builder
  • Lettire Construction Corp.
  • Construction or renovation cost
  • $13500000
  • Annual electricity use
  • 114,478 KWH
  • Company Public
  • Dattner Architects
  • Expected or actual energy savings
  • 25%
  • Construction or rehab cost per square foot
  • $169/ sqft
  • Financial Incentives
  • Dinkins Gardens is a pilot project Enterprise Green Communities projects in NYC and the recipient of a $50,000 grant and technical assistance, in addition to tax credit equity.
  • Owner/Developer
  • Developed by Jonathan Rose Companies and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI)
  • LEED/Green Building Consultant
  • Dattner Architects
  • Renewables Installer
  • PV installer: Bright Power, Inc.
  • Landscape architect
  • Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture
  • Interior architect
  • Dattner Architects
  • Green roof consultant/installer
  • Green Grid / Weston Solutions, Inc.
  • Residential type
  • Affordable
  • Number of units
  • 85