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Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage & Spring Street Salt Shed

Dattner Architects

Project Name

Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage & Spring Street Salt Shed

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Year Completed



6,300 sq. feet


New York City's Department of Sanitation and Department of Design and Construction


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Project Description

From the AIA:
The Garage and Salt Shed celebrate the role of civic infrastructure by integrating innovative architectural design with sustainability and a sensitivity to the urban context. The building is wrapped in a custom perforated double-skin façade that reduces solar gain while allowing daylight and views in personnel areas. The 1.5 acre extensive green roof reduces heat-island effect, promotes biodiversity, and filters waste steam condensate and rainwater allowing it to be reused for truck wash. The projects are also benchmarks for NYC’s Active Design program, which promotes the health and fitness of occupants through building design.

2017 AIA COTE Top Ten Jury Comments:
The project achieves two extraordinary feats: It raises the bar for a municipal sanitation building to the status of an excellent civic structure in the heart of the city, and it also evidences extraordinary skill in changing an initial negative community response into a welcoming presence. The green roof participates as a building system by providing a habitat and food for migratory birds, capturing 100 percent of rainwater and improving views for neighboring buildings. Greywater is used as a source for flushing restroom fixtures and truck washing. Attention to its civic responsibility is shown in the cost-effective paint color palate, which creates a polychrome façade at night. The salt shed is an unexpected sculptural element, creating visual interest in an industrial context and demonstrating investment in an underserved neighborhood.

Predicted lighting power density (watts per square-foot): 0.71 watts/sq.ft.
Predicted percent reduction from National Average EUI for Building Type: 47.2%
Percentage of water consumed onsite comes from rainwater capture: 64.2%
Percentage of rainwater that can be managed onsite: 100%
Percentage (by weight) of construction waste diverted from landfill: 88.1%
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