Feat of Strength: Power House Earns LEED Gold at Mill Pond Park in Bronx

Part of a $64 million overhaul of the 10-acre Mill Pond Park in the Bronx, the 25,800-square-foot Power House recently earned LEED Gold certification from USGBC.

Power House

Part of a $64 million overhaul of the 10-acre Mill Pond Park in the Bronx, the 25,800-square-foot Power House recently earned LEED Gold certification from USGBC. The Power House originally provided support to the Bronx Terminal Market’s food refrigeration warehouse but reopened in March of 2010 as part of the overall Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project. The $13.7 million, 2-story restored Power House now offers Mill Pond Park patrons locker room and restroom facilities, a cafe, a tennis clubhouse, and 12,500 square feet of programming space.

The Power House’s green design and construction features which supported its LEED Gold application include:

  • Over 52 percent of the green roof’s total area is covered with vegetation;
  • 23 percent of the project’s total site area was restored with native plant species;
  • Reduced water consumption (projected at 43 percent) from various low-flow fixtures and lavatories;
  • 80 percent of the existing building’s wall, floor, and roof was retained;
  • 100 percent of wood-based building materials were FSC-certified; and
  • 23 percent of total building materials are manufactured from recycled materials.

Formerly a crumbling industrial waterfront along the Harlem River in the South Bronx, Mill Pond Park itself is the first new park along the borough’s waterfront in decades. It offers picnic areas, waterfront overlooks, sixteen tennis courts, an outdoor classroom, and a sand play area for kids. In a city where green space is always a welcome – but sometimes unavailable – respite from the rigors of urban living, it’s great to see green building principles incorporated into new parkland, particularly in communities like the South Bronx.

New York City’s Economic Development Corporation spearheaded the green restoration of the Power House with designers Stantec, construction managers LiRO, and program managers AECOM and Tishman.

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