Former Brooklyn Rapid Transit Powerhouse

Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation; New York

OBJECTIVES

Powerhouse is a 2.5-acre site located on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York. The Site is enrolled in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). The Brooklyn Rapid Transit Power Station was constructed at the Site in 1903 and supplied electricity to the newly consolidated local steam railroad system until it was decommissioned in the 1950s. The Site was acquired by the nonprofit Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation with plans to redevelop the Site into an industrial arts center. Redevelopment plans for the Site include restoring the Site’s existing Turbine Hall building and the reconstruction of the 113-year-old Boiler House in the Romanesque Revival style. The redevelopment will include an exhibition space and facilities for fabrication in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, and printmaking.

Roux took over the remediation at the Site in September 2015 from the previous consultant. Once hired, Roux’s primary job was to make sure that the Site received its Certificate of Completion (COC) by December 21, 2017 (the sunset date for all projects enrolled in BCP Version 1). Site work included supplemental site-wide soil investigation, PCB hot spot remediation, regrading and soil disposal, followed by site capping and investigation of several historical structures associated with former operations. After the last remedial excavations were performed at the Site in September 2017, Roux received the Track 4 COC on December 27, 2017 with the commitment to perform additional remediation as part of redevelopment. Since receipt of the COC, both remediation and redevelopment work has continued to satisfy the requirements of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Order on Consent for the Site and the NYSDEC-approved Site Management Plan. Since 2017, a new steel pile bulkhead was installed along the Gowanus Canal and final remediation was performed in the former sump structures and lateral discharge tunnels associated with historic usage of the Turbine Hall and Boiler House. Roux is continuing oversight of utility installation and additional construction support as needed.

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PROJECT DETAILS
Location

Brooklyn, New York

Client

Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation

Services

Building Assessment

Construction Management

Groundwater Modeling

Phase II ESA

Remedial Design

Remedial Investigation

Remediation Oversight

Year

2015-Present

Architect

HdM & PBDW