CAMBA Gardens Phase II

Market: Multifamily
Type: Affordable mid-rise
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Developer / Owner: CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.
Architect: Dattner Architects
Contractor: Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc.
Building Size: 256,900 sf; 293 units
Certifications: LEED® for Homes™ 2010 Multifamily Midrise Gold, 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Certification®, NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program (MPP), ENERGY STAR™ Label

Project Background

CAMBA Gardens Phase II is a continuation of the successful CAMBA Gardens Phase I. Developed on the campus of Kings County Hospital in partnership with NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, CAMBA Gardens not only provides sustainable and affordable housing in Wingate, Brooklyn, but streamlined health care to its tenants as well. The Phase II building consists of 293 units, and features over 60,000 square feet of outdoor recreational and landscaped spaces, tenant gardening beds, and a Shona sculpture garden. CAMBA Gardens is transit-oriented, so that tenants have easy and reliable access to transportation. The housing complex provides affordable housing for households earning under 60% of AMI, as well as to families and individuals special needs.

Project Services

Project developers, CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., selected Steven Winter Associates (SWA) to join the project team to provide sustainability and energy consulting.  SWA conducted design review guidance, compartmentalization blower door testing, tenant and building manager manuals and trainings, and final certification documentation and submissions. They also conducted site inspections and field verification through the construction phase, and trades training to ensure field teams were aware of SWA’s role during the construction phase and the various program requirements.

Primary Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Measures:

  • Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) for common area ventilation, providing tempered fresh air to the corridors, offices, and back-of-house spaces
  • Sited in an urban environment with easy access to community resources, public transportation, and green spaces
  • Exterior playscapes and landscaped areas
  • Robust envelope with continuous exterior rigid insulation and high performance windows
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • High efficacy lighting packages with interior and exterior lighting controls
  • High albedo, light colored roofing materials
  • Drought tolerant and high efficiency irrigation systems
  • Low VOC paints, primers, adhesives and sealants used within the building interior
  • Construction waste management that included sorting and recycling to divert materials from the landfill
  • High efficiency boilers

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