March Green Building Forum: Sustainable Stormwater Management

March 7, 2011

Whether you’re a green building professional, student, or just plain interested in water, the March forum promises to open your eyes to a new way of thinking about those April showers.  Our March speakers provide a wealth of knowledge on managing urban runoff, and promise to share exciting, creative solutions that will improve NYC. GreenHomeNYC’s invited speakers are experienced practitioners and researchers who have designed rainwater collections systems for buildings, created innovative public spaces to attenuate stormwater flows, and implemented new technologies in urban and controlled environments to help the green building community understand how we can reduce infrastructure costs and improve water quality. Event Details: Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 – 8:00 PM Please arrive early – We will start promptly at 6:30! TOTO USA NYC Showroom 25 Mercer St. (Between Canal and Grand) Please RSVP. AIA credits available, scroll down for details. Speakers: Welcome by GreenHomeNYC Jack Coogan, OCV Architects Adam Yarinsky, ARO and Susannah Drake, dlandstudio Tatiana Morin, NYC Soil and Water Conservation District Thomas O’Connor, US EPA Office of Research and Development The Green Building Forum is held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 6:30 PM and features presentations by green building practitioners followed by discussion. The events are always free and open to the general public. About the Speakers and Projects Building Scale Solutions: OCV Architects Presented by: Jack Coogan, RA, Principal – OCV Architects

Decatur Green

Decatur Green, amulti-family building located in the Bronx, was one of the first buildings to implement the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.  The facility showcases many green features including a rainwater collection system for toilets and landscaping.  Mr. Coogan will discuss the benefits and challenges of minimizing stormwater runoff on small, intensely built lots.  For more information, see the entry for Decatur Green in GreenHomeNYC’s Green Buildings Database.

Jack Coogan is a founding partner of Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto (OCV) Architects, bringing the firm over 30 years of experience designing, renovating and rehabilitating projects of varying sizes and types throughout the City and State of New York.  A licensed architect in the State of New York and a LEED Green Associate, he has been Project Architect for numerous housing developments, single-family homes, corporate offices, restaurants, educational facilities and community centers for a variety of private, corporate, non-profit and government clients. About OCV Architects OCV is a full-service architectural firm with specialties in green design, adaptive reuse, historic preservation and rehabilitation. OCV Architects have been designing innovative, quality projects that reflect our sense of community and dedication to affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding area for over 30 years.  OCV has collaborated with many organizations throughout the region, most notably the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation on the implementation of sustainable construction and rehabilitation principles for over 1000 affordable units.  Recent projects employing green design strategies include Decatur Green, 2241 Webster Ave., Jacob’s Place, and Serviam Gardens senior living complex. Neighborhood Scale Solutions: Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio Presented by: Adam Yarinsky, FAIA LEED AP, Founding Partner – Architecture Research Office Susannah Drake, AIA, ASLA Principal – dlandstudio, LLC Comprising “Team Zero” in the Museum of Modern Art’s recent “Rising Currents” exhibit, ARO and dlandstudio created a comprehensive strategy for meeting stormwater and storm surge challenges in Lower Manhattan.  Their proposal secures the city against future sea level rise but also resolves the present-day crisis of combined sewer overflows.  Mr. Yarinsky and Ms. Drake will talk about the design as well as some of the considerations when addressing runoff at a larger scale. Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, LEED AP is Principal and co-founder of Architecture Research Office. Adam holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Adam has led ARO’s most distinctive projects for institutional clients such as Princeton University, New York University, and Colorado College. Adam has guided ARO through a number of recognizable projects including the SoHo Loft, the Donald Judd Home+Studio Museum in New York City and the firm’s ongoing Design Excellence Contract for the New York City Department of Design and Construction. He is the co-author of On the Water: Palisade Bay (MoMA/Hatje Cantz), the book that inspired the 2010 “Rising Currents” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Adam has served as both Eliel Saarinen Professor and Sanders Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan, the Shure Professor at the University of Virginia. In addition, Adam has taught at numerous other universities across the county and his articles have appeared in 306090, Dimensions, and Places Journal. With Stephen Cassell, Adam is a 2010 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Architecture Award. Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA is the Principal of dlandstudio llc, an award winning multidisciplinary design firm that includes landscape architects, urban designers, sculptors, scientists and architects.  Susannah received a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College and MArch and MLA degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, the James Marston Fitch Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for research on campus landscapes and large scale urban infrastructure projects. Susannah is the trustee and Past-President of the New York ASLA, is on the board of the Van Alen Institute, serves on the campus design advisory board at Dartmouth College, and is a former director of the Fine Arts Federation and a former member of the Directors Council of New Yorkers for Parks. In addition to her professional practice, she is an adjunct professor of design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at City College of New York. About “A New Urban Ground”: Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio ARO has worked on the impact of climate change, sea level rise, and the future of New York City’sinfrastructure and ecology since 2006.  Invited by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to develop a conceptual project for Lower Manhattan, ARO chose to work with landscape architect Susannah Drake of dlandstudio. Rising Currents appeared on exhibit at MoMA from March through October 2010.

A New Urban Ground

Architecture Research Office (ARO) is a New York-based firm practicing modern architecture and urbanism driven by research and investigation.  Since 1993, Architecture Research Office has built across the country and worked with clients in every sector. ARO’s notable recent projects include R-House, an ultra-efficient affordable housing prototype in Syracuse, NY; Union Square North, a renovation and expansion of the historic New York City Park; and  Five Principles for Greenwich South, a strategic planning study with The Alliance for Downtown New York.  A two-time Finalist for the National Design Award for Architecture, ARO was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with their 2010 Architecture Award and won both of Architect Magazine’s major awards in 2010, the P/A Award and the R+D Award. dlandstudio specializes in designing places that blur the boundary between city and nature, led by accomplished landscape architect Susannah Drake. The firm’s recent public projects include the Gowanus Canal Sponge ParkTM, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate urban storm water and the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost two hundred thousand visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008.  Outside the United States dlandstudio is currently involved with the master plan of a new 1200-acre resort complex and public park in Abuja, Nigeria, among other notable projects. Municipal Scale Solutions: NYC Soil and Water Conservation District (NYCSWCD) Presented by: Tatiana Morin, Stormwater Technician – NYCSWCD As the local agent of a nationwide program focused on the health of our land and water resources, NYCSWCD has partnered with the NYCDPR and Drexel University to oversee the Green Streets stormwater capture monitoring program. In addition, NYCSWCD is running local stormwater management pilot programs at various locations throughout NYC.  Ms. Morin will present how these projects are implemented and what we can learn from them. Tatiana Morin is a Stormwater Technician at NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, focusing on stormwater management and Green Infrastructure installation and monitoring programs. A native of Canada, Tatiana completed a Bachelors in Geology specializing in hydrogeology and is currently pursuing in a Masters of Science in Geology at Brooklyn College.  Tatiana has previously spoken at community events regarding sustainable development, including GreenHomeNYC’s February 2010 event “Women of Green”. About NYC Soil & Water Conservation District:

NYCSWCD Pilot Project

The New York City Soil and Water Conservation District’s mission is to conserve the soil and water resources of New York City, to improve water quality, to control and prevent soil erosion and sediment damage, to preserve and enhance natural resources, to control and abate non-point sources of water pollution, to protect public lands and to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the city.  The District is part of a national program, implemented by New York State with support from the US Department of Agriculture, which recognizes the NYC District as a major actor in its “urban initiative.” Stormwater Solutions Research: EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) Presented by: Thomas O’Connor, Environmental Engineer – EPA ORD/NRML The EPA Region 2 facility in Edison, NJ houses a dedicated team of scientists and engineers looking for new ways to manage stormwater, particularly in urban areas.  The Urban Watershed Management Branch’s team experiments with green roof design, permeable pavements, rain gardens and other sustainable water management practices.  Research on the efficacy of individual stormwater controls can help to inform local, state, and federal government agencies on environmental planning and to assist practitioners, individuals, and government agencies in identifying preferred specifications for individual project design. Thomas O’Connor, PE has over 20 years environmental experience, including 17 years with the Urban Watershed Management Branch (a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development (EPA ORD), National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Water Supply and Water Resources Division located in Edison, New Jersey). He has conducted research for watershed management and wet-weather flow (WWF), researching both technical and economic performance of various stormwater control systems.  Thomas graduated with an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in 1993 and a B.S. in Physics 1986. He is a member of several professional organizations and committees, is a licensed professional engineer, and has written numerous journal articles and three book chapters. About the Urban Watershed Research Facility The Urban Watershed Research Facility (UWRF) is an isolated, 20-acre open space within EPA’s 200 acre Edison Environmental Center established to develop and evaluate the performance of stormwater management practices under controlled conditions. The facility includes greenhouses that allow all-season operation, analytical laboratories for on-site analysis of common chemical and microbial stressors, a high-bay engineering development and support area, automated electronic monitoring and automatic sampling equipment, office spaces, and storage. On-site storage tanks, mixing, transfer, and distribution equipment provide collected stormwater to the practice under evaluation. Ongoing outdoor research facilities include rain gardens and permeable pavement allowing for controlled-condition evaluations of these common control practices under varying loading and design conditions.  For more information about current permeable pavement research, see the links below:

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Report on infiltration rates –

CEC learning objectives

The participant will be able to define the terms: combined sewage overflow (CSO), a combined sewage overflow event and describe at least three harmful affects that an overwhelmed stormwater system has on New York City’s water quality and its potential risks to the population and the environment.

The participant will be able to discuss at least four sustainable design strategies architects, designers and engineers are utilizing on small and large scale projects to minimize stormwater run off and CSOs. The participant will be able to summarize how a stormwater capture monitoring program is developed and implemented and the benefits and challenges of creating stormwater pilot programs on the local level in NYC. The participant will be able to explain how stormwater research is conducted by the EPA and the role such investigations and findings play in the development of local, state and federal legislation.