"The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 is a new public programs and exhibition center celebrating the Navy Yard's past, present and future. Created through the adaptive reuse of the 1857 Marine Commandant's house, the 34,000-square-foot facility includes leasable space for mission-related tenants, a classroom, a cafe and a public event space. The new 24,500-square-foot, four-story addition is a contemporary interpretation of the surrounding industrial vernacular and is connected to the existing building by a three-story lobby that provides a welcoming entry and gathering space.The project included careful restoration of Building 92's deteriorated shell based on available historic renderings and photographs, and the adaptive reuse of the interior to create 6,000 square feet of exhibition space. Concurrently, modern systems and new technologies were seamlessly integrated, preparing the building for its new use in the 21st-century. Geothermal wells, a green roof, and solar hot water heating all contributed to a sustainable approach to the design, which is targeting LEED Platinum certification.On the addition's south facade, a glass curtain wall provides a striking yet harmonious contrast to the solidity of the brick masonry of the historic structure. To limit solar gain, and to create a dynamic public face for the Navy Yard, the curtain wall is clad with a laser-cut metal screen designed as an abstraction of the USS Brooklyn. The new forecourt opens to the public, literally and figuratively breaking down the wall that historically separated the once-cloistered Navy Yard from the surrounding community.Once one of the country's largest facilities for producing war ships, the Navy Yard is undergoing rapid redevelopment as a sustainable, urban industrial complex. The Center not only contributes to the Navy Yard's prosperous rebirth but also to New York City's economic growth, and represents the best in sustainable, economic and community development."