SDNY garage brings home gold

The design of a Brooklyn sanitation department garage and office wins a regional award, thanks in part to an effective, energy-efficient ventilation system.


New York City-based MDM P.C. Consulting Engineers, a CSA Group Co., has received a 2008 Gold Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New York . The honor was granted for the company’s work designing ventilation, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and safety systems for the New York City Dept. of Sanitation (DSNY) Brooklyn Community Districts 1 and 4 vehicle garage maintenance and office facilities.

The 235,000 sq ft project is sited at 137-157 Varick Ave. in Brooklyn. Two buildings that comprise the project are situated along a common service road and house sanitation vehicle garages and maintenance facilities for the Brooklyn Community Districts 1 and 4, as well as the DSNY Brooklyn Borough administrative offices. These buildings also hold employee facilities, a salt storage shed, and a parking facility. Dattner Architects served as the architect for the complex.

The heating and ventilation system design requirements called for the induction of clean air at locations where personnel occupy the garages, and for removal of the contaminated air away from the employees and near the areas where the emissions are produced. The system also encompasses air conditioning equipment that serves the office areas. The MDM team’s design effort focused on meeting or exceeding the client’s performance requirements, and on minimizing energy use and simplifying the system’s components, operation, and maintenance.

MDM applied a computerized airflow design program to optimize the volume and location of the fresh air induction and exhaust discharge points. The computer program also ensured the adherence of the system design and air quality with OSHA and New York City building codes and regulations.

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