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Credit: Ari Buring


Project: LeFrak Lakeside Center at Prospect Park (44,328 square foot green roof)
Brooklyn, NY
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Green Roof Designer/Green Roof Provider/Stewardship/Warranty Provider: Roofmeadow
Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Civil Engineer: Stantec Consulting
Owner: Prospect Park Alliance
General Contractor: Sciame Constuction Co
Irrigation Consultant: National Lawn Sprinklers
Rain-harvesting Consultant: Geosyntec Consultants Inc
Intensive Waterproofing Manufacturer: American Hydrotech
Mason: Berardi Stone Setting, Inc
Green Roof Contractor: Evergreen Environments, LLC


Integrating Sustainable Design Into a Historic Park

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside is a popular destination within the beloved Prospect Park. Neighborhood residents and tourists are attracted to the 75,000 square foot recreation facility which is considered to be the most ambitious capital project to date in the historic park. The twenty-first century insertion includes concessions and two skating rinks with seasonal programing. A 23-foot high canopy supports an extensive green roof above and a whirlwind of activity below. The concession buildings are buried in the land and covered by intensive green roofs, allowing the structures to blend into the park landscape.

The intensive green roof areas connect to each other and to existing pathways and landscape grades, allowing visitors to explore the park’s beauty on winding paths spanning the roof and ground planes. The footpaths approaching from the east and north ascend gradually and imperceptibly over top of the 20,000 square-foot complex, eventually ending at an overlook of the facility and the scenic Prospect Park Lake beyond.

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Credit: Ari Buring

The intensive and extensive green roofs prevent over 900,000 gallons of rainwater from entering the sewer each year. This project demonstrates that a rich, forested roof landscape can be created and sustained without consuming the public potable water resource. As a zero discharge site, the Lakeside Center green roofs and ground landscape serve to infiltrate and reduce pollutants without burdening the local water treatment plants. Within Lakeside, high-efficient, low-water-use plumbing fixtures save over 205,000 gallons of water each year.

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