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In the nineteenth century, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux designed the 585-acre Prospect Park, one of Brooklyn’s most treasured destinations for relaxation and recreation and a national landmark. Designed by noted architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, in collaboration with the Alliance’s acclaimed landscape architect Christian Zimmerman, the 75,000 sf LEED Gold certified Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides seasonal ice skating, roller skating, biking, boating, and water play. Designed by Roofmeadow, the recreation facility boasts a 24,601 sf extensive green roof and a 19,728 sf intensive green roof, and has earned the 2015 AIA Institute of Honor Award for Architecture.
A 23-foot high canopy on the LeFrak Center supports the extensive sedum green roof above and a whirlwind of activity below including ice skating in the winter and roller skating in the warm seasons. The concession buildings are buried in the land and covered by the landscape on structure green roofs which connect to each other, the existing pathways, and the highly variable landscape grades, allowing the structures to blend into the park landscape. The intensive green roof footpaths approaching from the east and north ascend gradually and imperceptibly over the top of the 20,000 square-foot complex, eventually ending at an overlook of the facility and the scenic Prospect Park Lake beyond. An innovative stormwater collection strategy and 15,000 gallon rainwater retention cistern result in zero rainwater runoff from the intensive green roof areas, with no potable water used to irrigate the green roofs. The combined green roofs prevent over 900,000 gallons of rainwater from entering the sewer each year, and this eight-acre redevelopment project is a national model for integrating cutting edge sustainable design into an historic park.
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