AIA Top Ten Green Projects: Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue Subway Terminal Train Shed

The Stillwell Avenue Subway Terminal Train Shed, located on Coney Island in Brooklyn, earned Honorable Mention recognitions in the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Project Awards for 2007 (which were handed out back in May at the AIA’s National Convention in San Antonio). I was just out at Coney Island recently and [...]

The Stillwell Avenue Subway Terminal Train Shed, located on Coney Island in Brooklyn, earned Honorable Mention recognitions in the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Project Awards for 2007 (which were handed out back in May at the AIA’s National Convention in San Antonio). I was just out at Coney Island recently and have been meaning to mention this fascinating project, whose AIA honors are well-deserved.

Designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, the $250M Shed was completed back in May of 2004, though the final energy monitoring phase is still occurring. Construction work involved renovating approximately fifty percent of the original, ninety-year-old structure, as well as fifty percent new construction. The refurbished structure did not pursue LEED certification, but sustainable design features abound, the most notable of which is the thin film, building-integrated panelized photovoltaic system on the Shed’s roof. The system generates 240,000 kWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power twenty single-family homes, and covers 41,000 square feet of the Shed’s 80,000 square foot roof. Each of the photovoltaic panels is five feet square, with the photovoltaic in the middle and a strip of 95 percent transparent glass around the perimeter. Artificial lighting on the platforms is thus not needed 98 percent of the time from sunrise to sunset.

Extensive details about the project and its green elements are available here via the AIA.

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Stephen Del Percio has written for gbNYC+ since 2006 and currently serves as in-house counsel for one of the world's largest engineering, construction, and technical services companies. He earned a B.Eng. from Columbia, his J.D. at William & Mary, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. You can follow Stephen on Twitter, email him at stephen@gbNYC.com, or join gbNYC on Facebook to continue the conversation.

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