Nosy Neighbor: What Are Those Panels on the Sanitation Garage?

I walked by the new sanitation building and noticed that they have installed panels on the south side. It looked like they can rotate which made me think they were solar (or solar-ish). An angry-looking construction worker barked that they were “solar sheets.” Not sure what that means but I thought I’d see if you know more. —Tony

From the Dattner Architects website (pertinent part boldfaced by yours truly) “The Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage, at the corner of Spring Street and West Street, will house three district garages for the NYC Department of Sanitation, accommodating over 150 sanitation vehicles, separate vehicle wash and personnel facilities for each district, and centralized fueling and repair facilities. The double-skin façade wraps the curtainwall with custom, perforated, metal fins to vertically articulate the massing [Is this how architects talk in bed? —Ed.] and mitigate sun exposure. A green roof softens views from neighboring buildings, protects the roof membrane, and enhances storm water retention and thermal performance. A benchmark project for NYC’s Active Design program, the garage is designed to achieve a LEED Gold certification. We are designing the garage in association with WXY Architecture + Urban Design.”

NYC’s Active Design program, since you were wondering, espouses these ideals:

••• Urban design strategies for creating neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, active transportation and recreation.
••• Building design strategies for promoting active lifestyles through the placement and design of stairs, elevators, and indoor and outdoor spaces.
••• Discussion of synergies between active design and sustainable design initiatives such as LEED and PlaNYC.

As for PlaNYC…. “Released in 2007, PlaNYC was an unprecedented effort to prepare the city for one million more residents, strengthen our economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Plan brought together over 25 City agencies to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York.”

P.S. The two photos at top are by Tony.

P.P.S. Dattner Architects is also designing the crinkly new salt shed.

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