280 Cadman Plaza West: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights Branch

Market: Commercial - Institutional
Type: Library
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Developer / Owner: Brooklyn Public Library
Architect: Marvel Architects, PLLC
Building Size: 26,620 SF
Certification: LEED CI V4-Gold Target; NYC LL86

Project Background 

280 Cadman Plaza West is the redevelopment site of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). The project, which is currently in its design phase, is set to be the largest branch in the BPL system at 26,620 SF and aims to be one of the most efficient and inspiring state-of-the-art libraries in NYC.

The new development contains myriad enhancements including a new auditorium, improved workspaces and collaborative areas, upgrades to support cutting-edge technology, and a 9,000 SF STEM lab to be operated by NYC’s Department of Education. The site at 280 Cadman Plaza will also feature a 36-story tower with 134 condominium units and two retail spaces on Clinton Street.

Project Services

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) was selected by Marvel Architects, PLLC to provide LEED Program Management Services, Accessibility Compliance and Consulting Services, as well as fundamental and enhanced Commissioning Services for the new library. SWA will perform onsite inspections and verifications of installed measures (insulation, air sealing, lighting, appliances, control systems, etc.) in accordance with NYCECC’s funding provisions, and progress inspections for energy code compliance by monitoring the building’s mechanical, water heating and electrical systems to meet the City’s energy conservation requirements.

Primary Energy Conservation Measures 

  • Working closely with Marvel Architects and Cosentini Engineers, the space is designed to the meet the gold certification level of the LEED Version 4 for Commercial Interiors rating system. Meeting the newly elevated standards of this program will provide a variety of improvements for occupants such as greater indoor air quality, enriched natural lighting, enhanced productivity, and reduction of overall energy load.
  • When completed, the redevelopment project will allow for the elimination of more than $9 million in outstanding capital needs within Brooklyn Heights alone, and it will also provide Brooklyn Public Library with more than $40 million for other branch improvements across the Borough.






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