Remsen Avenue Yard Reconstruction

Brooklyn, NY

The NYC DEP Maintenance and Operations Facility in Brooklyn, New York is a prototypical facility that incorporates a number of state-of-the-art high performance standards, including the reduction of water use and mitigation of storm water, complementing the client’s environmental mission. In collaboration with DEP, NYC DDC, and Kiss + Cathcart Architects, Stephen Whitehouse and... Continue Reading

The NYC DEP Maintenance and Operations Facility in Brooklyn, New York is a prototypical facility that incorporates a number of state-of-the-art high performance standards, including the reduction of water use and mitigation of storm water, complementing the client’s environmental mission. In collaboration with DEP, NYC DDC, and Kiss + Cathcart Architects, Stephen Whitehouse and Jeffrey Poor led the landscape architecture and urban design effort through the team’s development of design alternatives. The design provides a gracious exterior rooftop courtyard for staff use. A landscaped swale gives a green edge along the facility’s longest frontage, a design solution that incorporates environmental performance, aesthetics, and public education, as the swale detains and polishes storm water in a manner visible to the public, integrated functionally with civil drainage infrastructure and architecturally with the facility’s layered facade concept. Elements of the stomwater retention swale design were later incorporated into the DEP’s manual of best practices.