What’s on track to be Brooklyn’s first LEED for Commercial Interiors-certified project had its grand opening on Saturday night in Williamsburg. Bird Boutique at 203 Grand Street was designed by Manhattan-based Ole Sondresen Architect and is aiming for a LEED Gold certification from USGBC. Mr. Sondresen was kind enough to invite us to Saturday night’s event and share a few remarks about the project. 70 percent of the materials used to fit out the space were sourced in Williamsburg and various wood paneling was actually salvaged from a dumpster in SoHo.
The space also includes LEED-standard features, ranging from efficient water and lighting fixtures to natural daylighting, as well as a basement shower that will earn the project one LEED credit. The front half of the store (facing Grand Street) will offer a variety of eco-friendly merchandise, ranging from clothing to jewelry, while the rear will continue to serve as an art exhibition space (Saturday’s event featured photography by Shaniqwa Jarvis and Ignacio Parodi). The project team also included contractor William Dorvillier; check out an interview with Bird owner Jennifer Mankins below. You can also check out the space in person next month; USGBC New York is sponsoring a tour of Bird Williamsburg on March 24- register through the link below.
- A Sneak Peak at Bird’s New Williamsburg Nest (Refinery 29)
- Bird Williamburg Tour (USGBC-NY)
- Ole Sondresen Architect