Created for the New York City Department of Sanitation and the Department of Design + Construction, The Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage is a 425,000 sq-f multi-storey building located at the corner of Spring Street and West Street in New York City. Housing three district garages, the project accommodates over 150 sanitation vehicles and personnel facilities, as well as centralised fueling, truck wash, and repair facilities.
LEED Gold certified, a double-skin façade wraps the building, comprising glass curtain wall and 2,600 custom perforated-metal fins that reduce solar heat gain and glare. This creates a uniform wrapper to obscure views into the facility while allowing views out, and also break down the project's mass into smaller, rhythmic elements.
A green roof measuring 1.5 acres protects the roof membrane while enhancing storm-water retention and thermal performance. Harvested rainwater from the green roof and collected steam condensate are reused as greywater in the building and for truck washing.
The garage is a benchmark project for New York City's Active Design program, which promotes the use of architectural design to encourage movement and improved fitness among the facility users.