The community building of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is the park’s headquarters, is designed by Kiss + Cathcart to achieve the highest possible environmental performance standards. It has a highly efficient heating-cooling system that uses geothermal wells, ground source heat pumps and radiant floors to dramatically reduce energy consumption.
The innovative, 15,500 square foot multi-use building has a green roof planted with grass. The irrigation to the green roof comes entirely from rainfall and reclaimed water, and creates zero stormwater discharge to the combined sewer outflow.
The top of the building also has a shade structure composed of photovoltaic cells that provide a 66-kilowatt array of solar energy power to the building, which will supply half of the building’s annual usage.
To minimize the use of fertilizers and to cut down on water usage the multipurpose field is made of artificial turf.