KEN SMITH WORKSHOP
Croton Water Filtration Plant, The Bronx, NYC
Completion Date: ongoing
NYC Department of Environmental Protection, client
NYC Department of Design and Construction, client
NYC Parks and Recreation, client
Hazen Sawyer, engineering
Ammann & Whitney, engineering
Rana Creek, greenroof consultant
Arup Lighting, lighting design
Great Ecology, ecology
ALex MacClean, photography
This is a sustainable green roof located over a subterranean 11-acre water filtration plant in the Bronx, NYC. The environmentally sensitive site in historic Van Cortland Park includes riparian woodlands and wet meadows. This project is a good example of the contemporary trend of multi-use infrastructure with an emphasis on public space and sustainability programmed into a large scale and complex program.
The green roof of the filtration plant is designed as a sculptural landscape that is both a visual resource and functional municipal golf driving range. A stormwater system collects runoff from the below-grade roof structure and provides phyto-remediation in a series a treatment cells that ring the driving range, as well as storage for water to be reused in irrigating the driving range. Over 1.5-miles of bluestone and gabion security walls wrap the site and are carefully integrated into the natural topography of the site.
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