Liberty Island Visitors Pavilion
In early 2008, ADP was approached by Evelyn Hill, Inc., Liberty Island Concessionaire, to design a new LEED Certified pavilion to efficiently handle more than three million visitors a year, withstand severe weather conditions, simple to construct, and potentially removable if the National Park Service ever decided to do so.
LEED Platinum Certification became possible by embracing a number of strategies. The Visitors Pavilion is composed of recycled and highly recyclable materials to reduce the demand for virgin materials and the Pavilion’s carbon footprint. The structural frame modularity lends itself to re-use at the end of the building’s service life. All steel field connections throughout the entire Pavilion were bolted, enabling the structure to be taken apart with little disruption to the site. The location in the heart of the NYC metropolitan area meant that the team could be aggressive in regional materials specifications. The high albedo roof with sloped insulation channels rainwater to drains and leaders that run adjacent to interior columns to beneath the elevated plywood floor, to two above-ground, 7,500 gallon water collection tanks at the Pavilion’s rear. Collected rainwater is used for sewage conveyance, reducing potable water demand by about 40%. Bathrooms were outfitted with low flush toilets; energy efficient hand dryers minimize energy usage.
A ground source heating/cooling system reduces electrical demand. Glazing units are vented and consist of insulated, low-emittance glass. Sheetrock used has 95% pre-consumer recycled content product. Interior and exterior lighting is LED lighting. Localized lighting and temperature controls allow the Gift Pavilion employees to control lighting levels and maintain thermal comfort throughout all areas.
Open since mid-June 2010, the Visitors Pavilion was awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the USGBC in July 2011.