Hudson Yards Eastern Rail Yards
SOCOTEC has performed since Schematic Design comprehensive sustainability (energy & green) services at both the master planning and all building projects for this development, built out in phases over six years.
Project name: Hudson Yards Eastern Rail Yards
Date: Completed 2019
Clients: Related Companies and Oxford Group
Location: New York, New York, USA
Size: 11,900,000 square feet
SOCOTEC has performed since Schematic Design comprehensive sustainability (energy & green) services at both the master planning and all building projects for this development, built out in phases over six years. Our envelope team has performed since Schematic Design consulting and monitoring services for 15 Hudson Yards and 55 Hudson Yards.
Our team collaborated with several project teams to achieve a LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver rating as well as Gold and Platinum ratings for all buildings in either LEED for New Construction or Core & Shell.
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We performed campus cogen modeling, whole building energy modeling, individual tenant modeling, THERM, and CFD analyses for certain project spaces, such as atriums and spas, as well as for special geometries (e.g. inclined curtain walls).
A 13 MW district tri-generation system (electricity, heat, cool) offers grid resiliency and efficiency for the buildings. SOCOTEC modeled the hourly demand of each building and ran parametrics to help the designers and cogen manager optimize the generation of electricity, heat and chilled water. The heat vs. chilled water generation was of special interest, to maximize cogen utilization.
Site-wide stormwater collection and reuse (cooling tower makeup & irrigation) is implemented for at least a 40% reduction in overall stormwater outflow. A site measurement and verification program partnership with NYU CUSP monitors emissions, energy use, water use, and circulation throughout the site - the first “quantified community”.
Energy cost savings are anticipated to exceed 20% for each project building, and internal water savings are expected to reach 30-35%. Provision of accessible civic and public space was critical, as demonstrated through the project’s central plaza, connections to the High Line and adjacent streets, and vegetated rooftop terraces. All parking is below grade with a car sharing and vehicle sharing program integrated, as well as extensive bicycle parking.
Additional project features contributing to the LEED ND certification range from walkable street design, tree-lined streetscapes, and inclusion of a farmer’s market, to the use of recycled content materials and energy-efficient site lighting and traffic signaling in the project infrastructure.
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center in the 1930’s.
The overall Hudson Yards project site was developed in two phases – Eastern Rail Yards and the Western Rail Yards. The Eastern site, now completed, includes six towers (10 Hudson Yards, 15 Hudson Yards, 30 Hudson Yards, 35 Hudson Yards, 50 Hudson Yards and 55 Hudson Yards) comprising a live-work-play development with residential, hotel and commercial office space. In addition, the site features a large retail podium with shopping and restaurants, and a nonprofit cultural center, The Shed.
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