Activating Brooklyn Army Terminal as a Mixed-Use Development
The Phase V renovation is designed to be the definition of mixed-use, paving the way for 21st-century businesses in a century-old building. The campus is comprised of multiple buildings that total over 4.5 million square feet, with Phase V measuring 500,000 square feet of the more than two million square feet in Building A. Each of its eight, football field-sized floors have been re-designed for maximum flexibility for future tenants, both small startups and large, established businesses.
Our team led the full-scale building modernization efforts that included core and shell infrastructure improvements and interior modifications that create spaces within Brooklyn Army Terminal for these tenants, working closely with Hunter Roberts Construction Group to balance design with a schedule-conscious construction process.
Designing for Multiple Tenants of Many Sizes
The key design element of this project was flexibility. As a space designed for small business and startups–the only way up is growth. Phase V needed to be able to accommodate growth in an efficient, flexible manner. To keep leasable space up, and maintain maximum space planning flexibility, all building systems are engineered to feed the spaces from the roof. Views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty were opened up to each floor by minimizing the need for louvers to overtake the historic façade of Building A.
With all building services consolidated to the core, the floor plates are free to house up to ten tenants. New stair towers and bathrooms are placed strategically to accommodate various multi-tenant layouts without the need to change infrastructure. Essentially, we future-proofed the Brooklyn Army Terminal so it can/ serve the Sunset Park neighborhood for the foreseeable future with minimal ongoing costs.