Architectural Design

As public and institutional concern over energy costs and environmental preservation grows, how we design, construct, and maintain our built environment must change. The field of architectural design now includes an ever-expanding set of strategies and tools to increase resource efficiency and reduce a structure’s impact on its surroundings.

For the 3.75-mgd Venice Island CSO Facility, the CSO detention basin was constructed underground, with public parking and facilities redesigned and restored atop the basin. The Head House that sits atop the basin is a LEED-silver eligible building with numerous energy-saving and sustainable design measures.

At the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, architectural design enhancements were incorporated to benefit the community, including an architectural finish on the concrete flood wall and access gates fronted by decorative metal screen lattices to improve aesthetics.

The Manhattan Pump Station's architectural team received an award for Excellence in Design from the Art Commission of the City of New York. Our design intent was to provide an open, inviting public building with large glass areas that allow the community to look inside. And since moving water is the structure’s function, we incorporated that theme into the building’s appearance.

The Avenue V Pump Station Upgrade preserved the 1910 Beaux Arts character of the building, featuring symmetrical facades and a lavish use of terra cotta details and ornamentation.

The City of Portsmouth's Madbury Water Treatment Plant, was constructed on the existing site, carefully maximizing open, permeable space and minimizing the disturbance of vegetated land.The facility earned LEED Silver certification.

The state-of-the-art design of the Newtown Creek WWTP reduced the originally proposed design costs by nearly 37% while significantly reducing the construction schedule to meet consent order milestones.

UCONN’s reclaimed water facility is tangible proof of its commitment to implementing sustainable solutions on campus, also providing a real-world educational facility to teach students and faculty about water reclamation and environmental sustainability.

The Paerdegat Collection Facility South Building's original, striking appearance - featuring the curved roof and low-lying design - was inspired by Canarsie Indian longhouses, providing the community with a gratifying visual reminder of its heritage.

The design for the Warnerville Pumping Station features a balanced asymmetrical arrangement along with classical geometry. Walls are stainless steel panels and the landscape is sloped to prevent excess run-off onto adjoining properties. To enhance appearance, a small sand rock garden was added.

The original 1930’s Yonkers Pump Station Brick tower had deteriorated and showed surface cracks and spalling. To alleviate this, the chimney was carefully stabilized, allowing for nearby subway vibrations. Silane treatment was used for waterproofing, allowing the surface to breathe. An approved process by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Restoration mortar was used that matched the existing color and texture, and reflected the surrounding period buildings.

Our LEED Accredited Professionals focus on several aspects of designing and building infrastructure:

Energy Efficiency
Occupancy sensors, effective use of heat mirror insulated glazing, and careful selection of lighting and electrical fixtures can dramatically reduce energy costs. Solar shading devices, solar heating methods, and photovoltaics, as well as thermal massing and insulation systems, can even produce surplus energy that may be returned to the local power utility for credit in areas with net metering provisions.

Sustainable Materials
Some building materials are more demanding on the Earth’s environment than others. We present options to use building materials that are resource-efficient, taking into account their cradle-to-grave effect on the environment and preferring locally-produced materials when possible. We also seek to maximize the recycling of construction waste.

Thoughtful Design
The ideal form of a building reflects not just the building’s purpose, but also the adjacent landscape, vegetation, and climate patterns. A building in harmony with its surroundings will not only look at home, but can also easily include recycling facilities, reduced flow water fixtures, and indoor planting areas, raising its environmental profile.

Well-informed design, attention to detail, and use of quality materials and building systems result in facilities that are much easier to sustain and provide more future value to owners. Hazen and Sawyer can provide this additional value to your next water engineering project.

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Christopher Phillips