The new NYC Parks facility, in construction at Starlight Park, Bronx River House, will be the base of operations for the restoration and management of the Bronx River and its Greenway. The building will offer community space for indoor-outdoor activities, and will serve as the headquarters for the Bronx River Alliance.
The approximately 7,000 sq ft facility includes a boat house capable of storing dozens canoes and kayaks, an administrative and office area, and a nature classroom and multipurpose community room.
The project features energy efficiency and water conservation elements, such a screen wall made of galvanized steel and mesh that wraps the entire building for vines to grow creating a favorable microclimate, transpiring water collected from the roof during hot months to significantly lower the air temperature around the building envelope. It also includes a ground source heat pump with radiant floor heating, a photovoltaic system mounted on the roof, and a rainwater harvesting system.
Architect: Kiss + Cathcart Architects
2008 Award for Excellence in Design, Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Striving for a LEED* Platinum certification.
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design