Magnusson-designed El Jardin de Selene receives LEED Gold; Developed by Melrose Associates, Nos Quedamos and MJM Construction
June 25, 2012 - Green Buildings
Developed by a joint venture of Melrose Associates, Nos Quedamos and MJM Construction Services and designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP), this mixed-use development was originally designed to achieve a LEED-Silver rating. After much consideration, the development team decided to pursue LEED-Gold certification in order to build a more efficient and sustainable building.
In addition to a LEED-Gold rating, El Jardin de Selene is NYSERDA Energy Star certified and Enterprise Green Communities compliant. "We met the stringent energy requirements for this project through a variety of sustainable strategies including daylight and occupancy sensors in common areas; energy star fixtures and appliances; bamboo flooring; green roofs at setbacks; recycled content; energy efficient windows; and horizontally distributed ventilation and solar panels on the building's roof," said Petr Stand, principal at MAP.
The development provides rental units in an array of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to over 2,000 s/f of community space, including a laundry room, and an outdoor courtyard at the second level. The building also includes 6,000 s/f of commercial space and over 12,000 s/f of structured parking.
Mindful of the rich architectural heritage of the Bronx, MAP incorporated art deco elements into the project's design.
MAP has been designing innovative community-based projects since 1985. Current projects include: several new housing and mixed-use developments throughout the boroughs of New York City, as well as developments in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey. Other current and past MAP clients include: Phipps Houses, Volunteers of America, the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, CPC Resources, Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Inc., Fifth Avenue Committee, and BFC Construction.