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Via Verde / The Green Way

A Green in Bronx, NY.

  • The award-winning design is inspired by the integration of nature and city. At the heart of the project is a dynamic garden and series of green roofs that serve as the organizing architectural element and identity for the community. As the building steps up from 3-story townhouses at the south to a 20-story tower at the north, there are a series of green roofs and south facing solar panels. The facade features aluminum, cement, and wood panels with panoramic windows, sunshades, and courtyard balconies.
  • Located at Brook Avenue and E 156th Street in the Bronx, Via Verde benefits from all of the amenities of "The Hub" and is only two-stops from Manhattan.
  • Construction year
  • 2012
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 294
  • No. floors
  • 3
  • Certification
  • LEED Gold
  • Green Energy Features
  • Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and to exceed the NYSERDA and Enterprise Green Communities guidelines for environmental responsibility.
    Estimated to be over 30% more energy efficient than a standard building.
    Over 20% recycled materials used in construction.
    Over 20% of building materials were locally manufactured, minimizing transportation energy and supporting the local economy.
    Over 80% of construction and demolition waste was recycled.
    Rooftop gardens dissipate heat and absorb rainwater runoff while providing opportunities for active gardening, fruit and vegetable cultivation, relaxation and social gathering.
    Storm water reclamation system recycles water for irrigation.
    Motion sensors in stairways and corridors conserve electricity.
    Building-integrated photovoltaic panels produce electricity from the sun’s energy.
    Green cleaning materials are used throughout the building.
    Landscaped courtyard, green roofs, a fitness center, and day-lit stairs provide opportunities for physical fitness.
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • cross ventilation, solar shades, non-toxic paints, rapidly renewable wood products, high-efficiency mechanical systems, energy-conserving appliances, and renewable energy strategies, including solar voltaic canopies.
  • Green Products
  • planted green roofs, photovoltaic panels, high-efficiency mechanical systems, and energy-conserving appliances.
  • Water Conservation Features
  • The key design concept is a series of roof terraces spiraling from the top down to a courtyard. Rainwater is collected from all the roofs and stored onsite for reuse.
  • Builder
  • Lettire Construction Corp.
  • Construction or renovation cost
  • $100 million
  • Owner/Developer
  • Phipps Houses and Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Building energy consultant/MEP
  • Bright Power
  • LEED/Green Building Consultant
  • Bright Power
  • Landscape architect
  • Lee Weintraub
  • Interior architect
  • Dattner Architects & Grimshaw Architects
  • Residential type
  • The mixed-use project serves a range of income levels by providing 151 rental apartments affordable to low-income households and 71 co-ops affordable to middle income households.
  • Number of units
  • 222