Sugar Hill Project

Market: Mixed Use
Type: Affordable Housing, Other
Location: New York, NY
Developer/Owner: Broadway Housing Communities
Architect: Adjaye Associates / SLCE Architects
Project Services: LEED® Program Management; Energy Simulation Modeling; Commissioning
Building Size: 154,700 SF
Construction Cost: $54,000,000
Certifications: LEED Silver Certification achieved December, 2016

Project Background:

Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill development on St. Nicholas Avenue and 155th Street is a mixed-use building consisting of Affordable Housing, a Children’s Museum, an Early Childhood Center, and non-profit offices. The project participated in NYSERDA’s MPP-v3 incentive program and it also earned LEED for New Construction v2009 Silver Certification.

Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) worked as the LEED®, Energy Modeling and Commissioning consultant. SWA managed the LEED Certification process from the initial design stages through completion of construction.

Energy Conservation and Sustainability Features:

  • Implemented an erosion and sedimentation control (ESC) plan that conforms to the 2003 EPA Construction General Permit (CGP);
  • Bicycle storage areas and proximity to public mass transit systems will reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use;


  • Underground Parking and Roof Pavers with high SRI value help decrease the urban heat island effect;
  • Savings from the water-efficient plumbing fixtures are anticipated to decrease annual water usage by 40%;
  • Primary Energy Conservation Measures include High Performance HVAC Systems, Energy Efficient Envelope and Energy Efficient LED Lighting. The project will see a calculated 19% annual energy cost savings;
  • Enhanced Commissioning verified that the project’s energy-related systems were installed, calibrated and perform to the Owner’s requirements and Construction Documents;
  • Appropriately sized dedicated areas for the collection and storage of materials for recycling;
  • Diverted 88% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill;
  • Over 91% of regularly occupied spaces have a direct line of sight to the outdoor environment.

*Photo credit: Wade Zimmerman