Ocean Breeze: LEED-NC Silver Rated Premier Athletic Facility

Market: Commercial
Type: Park Facility/Stadium
Location: New York, NY
Developer / Owner: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect: Sage and Coombe
Project Services: Green Building Certification
Building Size: 135,000 sf
Certification: LEED® for New Construction™ Silver
Primary Energy Conservation Measures: Low VOC paints, adhesives, carpets, and wood; Daylighting; Recycled content in building materials; 90% construction debris diverted from landfills; Indoor Air Quality Management

Project Background and Services:

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) worked with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Sage and Coombe Architects to design and build a LEED-NC Silver rated, 2,500-seat field house, creating a state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility. This $72.7 million facility is a premier destination for athletic events, drawing competitors from around the region. SWA’s role in the project includes sustainability/LEED consulting.

Energy Conservation and Sustainability Measures:

The DPR achieved a LEED-NC Silver rating for the building, and incorporated features to conserve energy and water into the design. In addition, the project team focused heavily on revitalizing the natural ecosystem by reducing hardscape as much as possible. Native species of plants, such as Little Bluestem, Sassafras, Eastern Woodland Sedge, among others, were incorporated into landscaping designs. A large, 235,000 sf recreational lawn was also created as part of the landscaping. By choosing local species, no irrigation was necessary to maintain the lawn, drastically reducing potable water use. Water use was also reduced through the use of low-flow-flush plumbing fixtures by Toto, American Standard, Symmons and Sloan. Through the installation of these efficient fixtures, potable water use was reduced by 45-percent.


MEP firm ADS Consulting Engineers also incorporated a variety of energy efficiency measures into the design which reduced the cost of energy consumption by over 25-percent higher than baseline standards. Exterior walls consist of an insulated metal panel system with a u-value of 0.048 and the metal roof insulation has a u-value of 0.034, both significantly less than baseline values. Ocean Breeze encourages the use of alternative transportation by locating the center near public bus lines and installing showers and secure racks for 150 bicycles, actions that make accessing the site without a vehicle easy. Giving special parking priority to low-emitting, fuel-efficient vehicles and carpools are other ways this project works to reduce transportation burdens.