NYU’s Center for Spiritual Life is a multi-faith initiative to enhance the educational experience by fostering a community of scholars who support religious expression, leadership, integrity, mutual respect and open dialogue. The green roof is part of the building’s expression and execution of spiritual and overall green and high performance goals, beginning with the ‘Tree of Life’ as inspiration for the façade. This imagery, which is shared by all major faiths, holds numerous positive connotations (growth, expansive, spreading out of a common root, natural, providing shelter, food, beauty, etc.) together with the strong western architectural tradition of using ornamental motives based on natural forms, particular leaves. The building received a LEED Gold rating from the US Green Building Council.
552 Academy Street is home to a 5-story, 50-unit affordable housing complex in Inwood, Manhattan. Through a joint-partnership, the building was purchased by Community League of the Heights and Alembic Community Development after it was evacuated by the city in 2011. After several years of renovations, residents moved back into the building in 2015. Crauderueff & Associates designed the green roof and acted as both Client Representative and Project Manager throughout the project. The 7,000 sf green roof is adjacent to a roof deck for resident access. The extensive green roof consists of 4” of lightweight growing media and sedum plants from Emory Knoll Farms in Maryland. The project was financed through the City Council’s Resolution A program which seeks to fund new construction or rehabilitation capital expense projects for nonprofit organizations. Our partners at Highview Creations installed this green roof in June of 2017.
In Progress: Crauderueff & Associates is representing the Unique People's Services in the successful bid for a 40 kW canopy solar PV system for Lynn’s Place, a ground-up supportive housing project in the Bronx, NY. Crauderueff analyzed existing designs, drafted the RFP, managed the bid process, negotiated with solar developers, and is ensuring the successful installation and commissioning of the system. The solar PV system will be financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). At zero up-front cost, Lynn’s will receive a solar PV system, and will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels at a significant discount from Con Edison rates. Crauderueff & Associates also is designing a 2,500 s.f. green roof and securing funding from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Installation of the solar PV is scheduled for June, 2017 and the green roof for spring, 2018.
This 2,500 sf green and cool roof provided a community resource for education and job training. The roof was used as a training ground by the Sustainable South Bronx workforce development program, which maintained the green roof. Local schools used the green roof as an outdoor classroom.
Crauderueff & Associates closed the first third-party financed solar thermal projects in New York State for the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH). This seminal agreement will result in more than $1M saved over twenty-five years, with zero up-front cost for this community development corporation.
This project utilizes a system-based approach toward environmental infrastructure, with all sustainability features led by Crauderueff & Associates. A rainwater harvesting system stores water from the roof, providing irrigation to the urban farm. A greenhouse will provide fresh produce using hydroponic agriculture. Meanwhile, the project utilizes solar PV, backup battery and co-generation systems to provide on-site energy production and climate resiliency features.
The Alfred E Smith High School provides an outdoor classroom and for students and faculty. Teachers and students have used the green roof to conduct scientific studies on the ecological benefits of green roofs in partnership with Columbia University.
The St. George Intermodal Transportation and Cultural Center is a $124M renovation incorporating multiple green features, including a 16,000 sf roof designed as an ecological stepping stone to Staten Island’s local flora and fauna, especially the Monarch butterfly whose migration path is coincident with the facility. As a gateway to Staten Island, its terraces, gardens, grand stair and viewing platforms provide a panoramic view of lower Manhattan and lead to the nearby stadium, 9/11 memorial, and esplanade. The project has a projected LEED certified status and received the Award for Excellence in Design from the Art Commission of the City of New York, 2001.