Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: The Visionaire wins grand prize in Green Building Competition

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: The Visionaire wins grand prize in Green Building Competition

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: The Visionaire wins grand prize in Green Building Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Feb. 20, 2009)–Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects received one of two top honors in the 2008 Green Building Competition for New York City. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, with support from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the competition solicits projects that utilize sustainable construction techniques, incorporate post-construction occupancy concerns and are integrated into the existing New York cityscape. A seven-member jury comprising public and private architectural experts selected the six winning projects from 18 applicants.

The Visionaire, a condominium building in Manhattan’s Battery Park City, was selected as a grand prize winner for its exemplary integration of design and sustainability. The building shared top honors with the Battery Park Conservancy’s maintenance facility, designed by Dattner Architects. The maintenance facility sits in the first floor of the Visionaire.

For construction of the Visionaire, half of the building material costs went to purchase locally-harvested materials, and 20 percent of building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of New York City. The terra cotta screens, low-emissivity reflective insulated glass, and thermally-broken aluminum framing create a high performance envelop with an R-value of 20. On-site geo-thermal heat pumps, 4,000 square feet of photovoltaic fuel cells, and a microturbine provide part of the building’s energy needs.

Occupant health and satisfaction greatly influenced the design – in addition to natural and low-emitting materials, there will be 100 percent fresh air ventilation and 40 to 45 percent day-lighting for habitable rooms. Sustainable roof technologies – including plantings, and permeable and high albedo paved surfaces – cover 70 percent of the roof surface, thereby reducing stormwater runoff and heat island effect while providing a recreation area for residents. To assure maximum benefits from the city’s only LEED Platinum residential apartment building, a comprehensive guide to the systems, features, and emergency procedures will be provided to all residents.

The Visionaire is the third of three “green” residential high-rises designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for Battery Park City and developed by Albanese Development Corporation. The first, the Solaire, was completed in 2003 and was the first residential high rise to attain a LEED Gold rating. The Versdesian, completed in 2006, was the first such building to attain LEED Platinum. The Visionaire, completed in 2008, has a Platinum LEED objective.

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