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February 10, 2013

El Jardin de Selene

Nos Quedamos/We Stay, is a non profit that was created by residents of Melrose Commons, a community in the South Bronx, NY, in response to the city’s plan of redeveloping the area. Emphasizing that there was more to save than to destroy, NQ, with the support of Melrose Associates and Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC, worked with community members to create a cohesive, compelling alternative to the city’s vision. Realizing the need to provide not only affordable housing, but sustainable housing in Melrose Commons, Nos Quedamos, Melrose Associates, and Magnusson Architecture and Planning have created a long standing partnership to provide that and were joined in this venture by MJM Construction Services (GC and development partner), and Forsyth Street Advisors (development consultants).

El Jardin de Selene is a mixed-use, mixed-income building, providing both residents and businesses a healthy environment. Designed to achieve a LEED-Silver rating, Energy Star certified and Enterprise Green Communities compliant, El Jardin is one of the first buildings of its kind in the Bronx.

With the GC, design architect and all consultants on board from the beginning, the entire process was able to be as healthy and sustainable as possible. Design features such as thru-plank ventilation, the elimination of window sleeves, energy efficient windows, lighting and appliances, recycled content in construction materials, low VOC paints and sealants, bamboo flooring and kitchen cabinetry were complimented by best practices during and after construction by MJM with the objective to increase the overall health of tenants in an area known for disproportionately high asthma rates. This will also be enhanced through the use of green roofs and high-albedo roofing in order to decrease the overall urban heat island affect in the area. Native planting is used at all street, site and green roof planting to bring back natural life to the neighborhood as well.

At 12 stories, El Jardin de Selene is one of the tallest buildings in the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, and MAP used this to bring back the rich art deco heritage of the South Bronx, while maintaining and furthering the existing fabric of the neighborhood. A modernized art deco aesthetic is highlighted at various parts of the building, from the cast stone elements at the towers, to the mosaic tile elements at the residential entry to the pattern of the bathroom tiling in the residential units.

Brooklyn Childrens Museum

A pioneer in education, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. Its success sparked the creation of similar institutions around the globe, and today the Museum continues as a world-class institution with community roots. The expansion is designed by Rafael Vinoly and the NYC Department of Design + Construction, and brings the museum above ground for the first time in 25 years. The $42 million project will double the 103-year-old Museum’s size, increasing its capacity from 250,000 to 400,00 visits annually. The enlarged entrance at the corner of St. Marks and Brooklyn Avenues in Crown Heights will feature an entry hall that can accommodate the simultaneous arrival of families and several school groups. State-of-the-art technologies will make it the first ‘green’ children’s museum in the nation.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

The mission of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 is to celebrate the Navy Yard’s past, present and future, and to promote the role the Yard and its tenants play as an engine for job creation and sustainable urban industrial growth. By providing access to exhibits, public tours, educational programs, archival resources and workforce development services, BLDG 92 reinforces the Yard’s unique bonds with the community and inspires future generations to become industrial innovators and entrepreneurs.

Build A Green Bakery, a k a, Birdbath

Build It Green! NYC

Build It Green! NYC, is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Our warehouse has everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators and shutters to movie props. Our mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale. Founded in late 2004, our warehouse opened in February of 2005. We are sponsored by Community Environmental Center (CEC) www.cecenter.org

Emerald Green

Emerald Green is the newest example of the Glenwood Commitment to The Finest Quality of Life. As the original Developer/Owner, The Glenwood family has always believed in staying in charge of everything from Day One: From the location, the architect and the construction to the daily management of every one of their spectacular residences.

Gen. Colin Powell Apartments

The building is comprised of 50 affordable studio, one, two and three bedroom coop units with a green roof, rooftop terrace and a community facility space in a precast concrete and masonry structure.
This project was awarded through a NYC HPD Cornerstone RFP and developed under the NYC Housing Development Corporation’s Affordable Coop Program with financial assistance from the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation, SONYMA, the Bronx Borough President and NYSERDA. The building is enrolled in NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Energy Star program and the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program.

Fox Point

Fox Point provides 48 units of affordable housing for formerly homeless and low-income families and individuals. What distinguishes it from other supportive housing projects is that Fox Point is one of the first to seek a LEED Silver accreditation.

Through the integration of green systems and materials into the building’s design and operation, Fox Point creates a healthy background for living and ensures its long-term affordability.

Galapagos Art Space DUMBO

In 2007, Williamsburg’s trailblazing performance venue Galapagos Art Space was presented with the opportunity to take over the old stables at 16 Main Street and serve as a magnet for the growing DUMBO arts district. The organization responded with a vision for an art and performance space that continued the raw aesthetic of the original venue, while providing event-goers with a unique experience. The space is composed in concrete, water, steel, and light, and has been recognized as one of New York’s best performance venues.

The original stables were designed for the Robert Gair Company of Brooklyn by the noted New York industrial architect William
Higginson in 1906. The building was among the first reinforced concrete buildings in New York, and the new construction honors the original by extensive use of concrete, both as structure and for sensuality. The ground floor, formerly used as a garage to store the Gair company’s carts has been reimagined as a high-ceilinged performance space with a bar, and a seating
area that hovers above a reflecting pool. An art gallery and second performance space is to be constructed on the second floor, as well as a curator’s apartment and offices during a second phase of construction.

Galapagos Art Space

1. Recycled content in most building components
2. Reclaimed lumber for the stage
3. Radiant floor heating
4.Highly efficient mechanical system
5. Low energy lighting system
6. Low VOC paints, coatings, and sealants
7. re-using anf re-purposing an existing building. Phase 2 will include a Green roof and native planted canopy.