Oldcastle SurePods™ is pleased to announce their green approach to bathroom building was an integral element of the Prospect Plaza Site 1 project’s, 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Pillars of Industry Award for Best Green Building Concepts. The award-winning project, Prospect Plaza Site 1, is a 110-unit low-income housing facility located in Brooklyn, New York. The project team leveraged the advantages of several prefabricated building components in addition to the bathroom pods, including a precast concrete building system provided by Oldcastle Precast.
Blue Sea Development Company, the lead entity in the project’s development partnership, was challenged with the need to modernize a demolished, poverty-line, high-rise apartment complex with a leaner and greener housing development. Oldcastle SurePods™ is familiar with the green-space world, having automated the traditional hammer-and-nail approach to building bathrooms 10 years ago. SurePods’ unique manufacturing process vastly reduces construction waste through careful purchasing and employing lean processes. Prospect Plaza Site 1 achieved a 94% construction waste diversion with the help of SurePods prefab bathrooms and manufactured walls.
“We have continuously improved and refined our manufacturing process, using both computer automation and lean manufacturing concepts, to build a better, greener and leaner bathroom,” said Bill Seery, Director of Business Development for Oldcastle® SurePods. “The Prospect Plaza project gave us the opportunity to combine our environmentally conscious manufacturing process with common sense engineering decisions and material selections such as low flow plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints and adhesives to provide a bathroom that met or exceeded the criteria of several prestigious green building programs.” Bill Seery, Director of Business Development for Oldcastle® SurePods™
In addition to the 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Pillars of Industry Award for Best Green Building Concepts, Prospect Plaza Site 1 also achieved a LEED Platinum certification, National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Gold certification and Energy Star certification.
Project: Prospect Plaza
Building Type: Hope VI Public and Low Income Tax Credit housing
Developer: Oceanhill, LLC (Huntington, New York)
General Contractor: Blue Sea Construction (Huntington, New York)
Architect: Dattner Architects (New York City)
Project Status: Completed 2016