439 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg: New York City’s First LEED Platinum Mixed-Use Development?

New York City’s first LEED Platinum mixed-used development could be Helder Design’s proposed 439 Metropolitan Avenue project in Williamsburg.

In a press release that’s not presently available online, Helder Design announced today that it will seek Gotham’s first LEED Platinum rating for a mixed-used project at 439 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The development broke ground back in August and should wrap up sometime this summer. It will house Helder’s architecture studio, as well as two duplex condominium residences and a ground-floor art gallery.

Designed by Netherlands native Mark Helder, who moved his firm to New York back in 2002, the south-facing green building will feature passive solar design, radiant flooring, photovoltaics, and efficient ventilation and insulation systems. Helder notes that he wanted to “get the maximum energy efficiency I can out of the available technology. With this building, I’m not necessarily looking at market pressures. I’m thinking about how I can make the best possible building to fit the social and economic realities of the location.”

To that end, Helder’s work is a fusion of modern aesthetic and sustainable design that’s great to see on a project of its scale and scope. Check out additional images of 439 Metropolitan Avenue, as well as details on some of Helder’s other work, via its website here. We’ll, as always, follow up with more details as this important project proceeds over the next few months.

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  1. Progress Towards Platinum: Update on Mark Helder’s 439 Metropolitan Avenue | gbNYC Real Estate Group | Commercial Real Estate & Green Buildings in New York City - Sunday, February 22, 2015

    [...] We presented Mr. Helder’s project a few weeks ago here at gbNYC in relatively little detail, noting that it will house his architecture studio, as well as two duplex condominium residences, a ground-floor art gallery, and feature passive solar design, radiant flooring, photovoltaics, and indoor air quality reaching HEPA standards. Helder told Reclaimed Home that the project is still on target for a July 2008 occupancy now that its time-consuming foundation work is complete. You can access the episode on BIT at Time Warner channel 56 or Cablevision 69- the network’s full listings are available here. [...]