The new Liberty Island Retail Pavilion has earned a LEED Platinum rating from USGBC under the New Construction Version 2.2 rating system. The building is just the fifth in New York City – and the fifth anywhere the country constructed within a national park – to cop LEED Platinum.
The 6500-square-foot Retail Pavilion is adjacent to the ferry terminal where tourists disembark and begin touring Liberty Island. The project earned every credit that the design team pursued—55 total points—exceeding the 52 required for LEED Platinum. Its score included four “exemplary” points (the maximum number achievable under the rating system). The Pavilion’s all-steel, bolted-frame structure will support quick disassembly and material salvage at the end of its service life. But the frame is also resilient enough to counter Liberty Island’s marine environment and more than 3 million annual visitors.
Designed by Acheson Doyle Partners Architects, other green design features include
- a 1500-foot-deep geothermal heating and cooling system; exterior and interior LED lighting (which has dropped energy consumption by 65 percent);
- extensive natural daylighting;
- an onsite recycling program that diverted 95 percent of construction waste and debris from disposal in landfills;
- a rooftop rainwater collection system that has reduced water consumption by 40 percent;
- low-e windows; and
- used kitchen cooking oil that powers an electricity generator which satisfies part of the building’s energy needs.
Construction on the project started in November of 2009; the Pavilion opened in June of 2010. It’s operated by Evelyn Hill, Inc., a New York City-based, family-owned concessionaire that has been in business since 1931. The company actually beat out several large, national corporate concessionaires in winning the contract to operate the new building.
The project team also included New York City-based Weidlinger Associates, which served as both sustainability consultant and structural engineer.