The project, winner of the 2009 Design Award from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, was the first LEED Gold certified building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation enlisted Spacesmith to develop a new building for the NYPD Brooklyn Tow Pound Operations and to renovate the existing building for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services Fleet Operations.
Both buildings are located at the west end of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The NYPD Tow Pound Operations facility functions as the public redemption center for all vehicles impounded and towed by the NYPD in northern Brooklyn. The facility has a secure vehicle parking field and auction lot.
The scope of the project included the design of a new two-story, 11,000 sf building and the renovation of an existing 6,000 sf building. Spacesmith lead the planning, design and construction administration services and was responsible for coordinating all consultants. The project included designs of a large impound lot, new roadways, entrance gate and retaining walls. The site conditions presented many challenges including buried obstacles such as railroad tracks, active high voltage electrical distribution ducts, abandoned buried in-place foundations and high water tables affected by the tide.