The Sunrise Yard Maintenance Facility, located on one acre of a former brownfield in a residential section of Queens, serves as the base of operations for the NYC Department of Transportation’s (DOT) facilities maintenance group. LEED Platinum certified, it is an attractive and highly innovative project that incorporates low-impact environmental strategies and imaginative aesthetic design.
MNLA's contribution to the award-winning facility focuses on the practical necessities of parking, screening, and employee benefits. The permeable parking lot pavement uses crushed brick from a former site structure. The same brick is integrated into a perimeter screen wall designed by artist Samm Kunce. Native plantings thrive without irrigation, and workers enjoy a lunch break area among no-mow grass.
The artist, Samm Kunce, used bricks, concrete fragments and stones salvaged from the old building on site. With these, he created a wall that illustrates the dynamic effects of icebergs as they ground mountains to pebbles during the last ice age when Long Island was formed.
Sunrise Yard incorporates low-impact environmental strategies and innovative site design.