Del-Sano Contracting Completes Construction on $16.8M Redevelopment Project

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorHoboken, N.J.–Del-Sano Contracting Corp. has completed construction of Garden Street Lofts (pictured), a luxury residential building in Hoboken, N.J.  Garden Street Lofts’ certification is pending as New Jersey’s first luxury residential project to earn the Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating. The $16.8-million redevelopment project will also be Hoboken’s only LEED-certified residential building upon certification. The project took 25 months to complete and is already 50 percent sold. Garden Street Lofts was redeveloped from an existing 42,888-sq.-ft. structure erected in 1919. This former coconut processing and storage warehouse was constructed of structural steel, concrete and masonry. Del-Sano built a new 35,054-sq.-ft., seven-story structural steel and concrete addition with gauged metal-perimeter wall framing and a Zinc rain screen façade. The mixed-use complex now includes 30 one-, two- and three-bedroom, loft-style condominiums. Also, at ground level there is a total 7,500 sq. ft. of open floor plan for retail.“It took years of effort by some of the best and freshest minds in the industry to create a model for sustainable residential development that offers comfort, style and beauty, while being sensitive to the impact on the environment,” says Larry Bijou of Bijou Properties LLC, the project owner. In addition to the reuse of the former coconut processing and warehouse facility, the project features several other sustainable development highlights including, but not limited to:A sedum-covered green roof designed to prevent flooding, as well as absorb rainfall and outside sound, making for a safer, cleaner and quieter environment. Comprised of greenery and soil specially selected to prevent storm-water runoff, the green roof provides insulation, produces oxygen and reduces heat pollution. The foliage-covered roof creates significantly lower heat emissions compared to black asphalt, which will ultimately decrease energy use and residents’ energy bills.Proximity to public transportation such as the PATH train and the Hoboken Ferry. Optimized energy performance using special window glass and Viracon Low E VE 1-42 glazing to help maintain optimal indoor temperatures.The use of low-emitting, recycled, locally manufactured and rapidly renewable materials such as structural steel and zinc facade, bamboo flooring, cotton insulation, FSC certified wood, FSC IPE Decking and Siding, no VOC paint and low VOC coatings.Separate HVAC systems for the condos and corridor and lobby spaces, which provide fresh, filtered cool and warm air to those spaces via 100 percent outside air through rooftop air handling units.The building’s design will utilize 24 percent less energy in heating, cooling and lighting, as well as 20 percent less water than a standard building, which, in turn, will afford lower utility bills.The site positioning maximizes the use of daylight and views.