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Apr. 14, 2014

Developers Resurrect Plans for 130,000 Sq.Ft. Green Roof atop Barclays Center

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

The multi-purpose indoor arena that the Brooklyn Nets have been calling home for almost two years will get a “green” redesign of its huge roof, Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Greenland Group Co. of Shanghai announced recently.

Barclays Center green roof - Brooklyn NY

Barclays Center green roof – Brooklyn NY

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center sits at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues and was completed in 2012 to serve as the centerpiece of the 22-acre Atlantic Yards commercial and residential project which the FCRC/Greenland joint venture is developing in the vicinity of the arena. The $1 billion structure designed by SHoP Architects and Ellerbe Becket, two of the world’s largest architectural firms, can accommodate up to 19,000 people. Since its grand opening the arena has been used mainly for sports and entertainment events, hosting stars like Beyonce and Miley Cirus, and has quickly become an iconic landmark in New York City. Only a few days ago Barclays Center hosted the 29th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony during which cult bands, solo artists and non-performers such as Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, KISS, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham were honored.

According to FCRC President and CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin, the original design of the arena had anticipated a green roof as part of the development team’s effort to achieve LEED Silver certification for sustainable design and construction methods—a goal that was reached in July 2013—but the plans for a green roof were cut during development for financial reasons. The FCRC/Greenland joint venture is now moving forward with plans to add a 130,000-square-foot planted roof meant to dampen the noise coming from the loud events hosted by the giant arena and help reduce greenhouse gases while aesthetically complementing the emerging Atlantic Yards project.

Also designed by SHoP Architects, the new roof will be built above the existing one, creating an air gap ranging from four feet at the edge of the roof to 10 feet at its highest point. The green roof will be supported by a steel structure and will consist of small plants and a thin soil-like cover that will be installed over the already-famous Barclays Center green logo on the existing roof.

While the developers failed to disclose any financial or schedule-related details, Brooklyn Daily notes that the roof project will be partially funded by Greenland and will take about nine months to complete since the start of installation.

A similar project was completed last year at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The convention center’s $465 million expansion and revitalization included a 6.75-acre green roof—the second largest in the United States and the largest in the Northeast region on a single, standalone building.

Rendering credits to SHoP Architects

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