Green roofs installed on Admiral’s Row buildings at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

A green roof at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Green roofs help to reduce flooding and sewage overflows. Photos courtesy of NYC DEP

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, along with Steiner NYC, developer of Steiner Studios, announced Monday the addition of three green roofs to Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

In all, more than 23,000 square feet of previously impenetrable roofs are covered with soil and planted with ornamental grasses, perennial wildflowers and sedum to absorb the rain that falls on them, or nearly 2.5 million gallons in a typical year.

By keeping rainfall out of the local drainage system, the green roofs help reduce flooding and reduce sewer overflows in the East River. The projects were made possible thanks in part to a nearly $700,000 grant provided through DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program.

“DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant program encourages property owners to do their part to manage stormwater and keep it out of our sewage system,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “This project is a great example of a partnership between the government and a strong community leader to build the green infrastructure that has improved the sustainability of the Navy Yard and is already helping to maintain the health of the East River and New York Harbor.” improve.”

“We built Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, anchored by NYC’s first Wegmans supermarket, with sustainability at the forefront of our design. The green roofs and extensive landscape with their native plant palette create a biodiversity that butterflies and birds have already enjoyed. We are pleased to be able to support the local ecology while reducing the demand for heating and cooling of the buildings,” said Steiner NYC president Doug Steiner.

“Green roofs are a critical tool in reducing the urban heat island effect, promoting biodiversity, and reducing stormwater runoff and flooding. These new installations at the Brooklyn Navy Yard are critical as we face up to to the effects of a rapidly changing climate,” said Borough President Eric Adams.

“I am delighted to see the DEP Green Infrastructure Grant program benefit the 33rd Council District, and there is no more appropriate place to lead by example than the Brooklyn Navy Yard,” said Councilman Stephen Levin (D-33rd). “With our two Superfund locations, the 33rd and our surrounding waters are severely affected by stormwater runoff. These new green roofs will help relieve pressure on our drainage system and mixed sewer overflows.”

The buildings of Admiral’s Row at 3 Flushing Ave. and 25 Navy St. on the Navy Yard now contain 11,736 square feet of intensive green roofs designed by Future Green Studio. The green roof features meadow plants, including ornamental grasses and flowering perennials. DEP’s Grant Award of $351,788 and Steiner NYC’s Contribution of $537,000 paid for the project. The green roof is expected to process approximately 1,800,000 liters of rainwater annually.

399 Sands St. (also known as 303 Sands St.), a nine-storey building with five floors of light industrial/office space and four floors of parking, adjacent to Admiral’s Row, now has a 11,465 square foot sedum green roof. Brooklyn Grange was the prime contractor for the project, with landscape design by Michael Van Valkenburg Architects. The green roof was fully funded by DEP’s Grant Award of $344,881 and it will manage approximately 660,000 gallons of rainwater annually.

Steiner NYC is one of 33 partners to which DEP has committed funding through the Grant Program. In total, DEP has committed more than $13 million to its Grant Program partners, who in turn have contributed nearly $7 million in matching funds.

Steiner has developed, built, leased and managed more than 10 million square feet of real estate in 15 states. Notable projects include Steiner Studios, comprising 780,000 square feet of film and television production facilities on 50 acres within the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, and “Hub,” a 750-unit, 56-story mixed-income rental tower in the Boerum Hill neighborhood. from Brooklyn. Steiner is currently developing Steiner Sequel, an 800,000-square-foot state-of-the-art film and television production studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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