NYC Public Schools Deep Energy Retrofit Initiative

Nelligan White was tasked with the responsibility of reviewing and recording building deficiencies that relate directly and indirectly to energy consumption. We examined PS 126 Manhattan, PS 129 Manhattan, and PS 140 Manhattan in order to provide recommendations for the SCA. Nelligan White observed building failures in the roofs, parapets, windows, doors, and exterior masonry,…

375 Munn Lane

The house was moved from the Brown family (one of the original five families who arrived in Orient in 1642) property in the Village to this site on Brown Hill overlooking the Orient Harbor in 1929. To make this home a year-round residence, Nelligan White created a contemporary addition to attach to the original structure.…

Castle Hill Branch Library

While repairing the building enclosure we saw an opportunity to transform the non-descript building into a place that speaks to its civic function, and at the same time to greatly increase the building’s energy performance. The new facades will employ a terracotta rainscreen system incorporating mineral wool insulation, air and vapor barrier, and waterproofing membrane.…

South Jamaica Queens Library

Unprecedented at the time of completion in 1996, the two-story, 7,500 square-foot library served as a demonstration project for the concept of environmentally responsive design techniques. By incorporating active daylighting controls, passive solar heating, and environmentally friendly materials, we were able to minimize energy consumption, operating costs, and maintenance demands. The library received the Queens…

Gowanus Embankment and Basin

As part of an idea competition titled “Connections: The Gowanus Lowline,” our proposal envisions a mixed-use neighborhood called the “Gowanus Embankment,” redeveloping the Gowanus Basin as an economic hub. Our team proposed significant regrading to protect residential zones from future flooding and prioritization of hazardous waste removal.

PS 111 Manhattan

Under the direction of Michael L. Radoslovich, PS 111 M was designed in 1956 for a Midtown West lot on 53rd street, located between 9th and 10th Avenues. Completed in 1958, the school is an example of postwar architecture in New York City Public Schools. PS 111 M comprises three primary components. The first piece,…

PS 50 Manhattan Greenhouse

PS 50 Manhattan is a 1974 school building constructed as part of a brutalist residential complex overlooking the East River. The structure consists of a reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill. Exposed floor slabs create a layering effect which, paired with the cast-in-place stair towers and diagonally oriented mechanical bulkhead, results in a sense of…

Lavanburg Homes

The storm surge catalyzed by Superstorm Sandy flooded the cellar and submerged the boiler room of Lavanburg Homes for several days. The saltwater brought on by this storm effectively destroyed or severely damaged all mechanical and electrical systems in the cellar. Although maintenance personnel and emergency contractors made strides to replace the damaged mechanical equipment,…

IS 139 Bronx

After performing an extensive analysis to determine how best to achieve long-term energy cost savings, we built a model to replace the failing brick masonry façade and deteriorating single-glazed glass structure with a high-performance aluminum curtain wall and insulated glass system. With the implementation of this character-defining design, we were able to reinvigorate a neighborhood…

Carey Gardens

Though the building’s systems had survived previous storms, the Superstorm Sandy tidal surge caused unprecedented damage. The first-floor space of all three towers and the community center were inundated by several feet of water. Furthermore, the mechanical and electrical systems were significantly damaged as boilers and critical systems were permanently destroyed. The development is still…