Today is the perfect day for us to note the new LEED Silver-hopeful Welcoming and Information Center at the St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. The 22,400-square-foot building was completed earlier this year and designed by Patchogue, Long Island-based BBS Architects & Engineers in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Recently, the project received the 2011 Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award. The Zogg Award recognizes excellence in design and construction and promotes contributions from the building industry to the economy and development of New York State. “The new Welcoming and Information Center is one of the most architecturally attractive and environmentally responsible cemetery facilities both in the Greater New York area and nationwide,” said Randy Van Yahres, Catholic Cemeteries director of Facilities and Planning.
BBS’s design aimed to integrate the structure – and its green design features – into the cemetery’s natural surroundings. The one-story building is topped with a shallow pitch roof and clad with horizontal clapboard siding and a stone veneer, with a limestone and granite façade. Structural materials – including its cementitious siding – are recycled in content. Low-e windows accompany efficient MEP systems and an advanced HVAC system, while the building’s plumbing system includes electronically-controlled, low-flow faucets and toilets and waterless urinals.
Code-requred lighting levels were reached through reduced per square foot wattage thanks to extensive daylighting and low-energy fixtures. The scope of the project also included the development of the five-acre site around the building, which was landsaped with low-maintenance, natural greenery that is served by a graywater system.
The project is also of interest because of the green building legislation that applied to it: the Town of Babylon – which exercises jurisdiction over Farmingdale- requires all new construction larger than 5000 square feet to earn at least a LEED Silver rating from USGBC. We discussed the import of the legislation here at gbNYC when it was enacted back in 2007.