Dattner Architects is proud to share that 425 Grand Concourse has won a 2023 Green Good Design Award! Organized by the European Centre and the Chicago Athenaeum, the Green Good Design Sustainability Awards recognizes “outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions — together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts — that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.”
The largest PHIUS-certified Passive House project in North America, 425 Grand Concourse is a new mixed-use and mixed-income development, providing the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx with 277 affordable housing apartments. The project also includes an educational student services center, health clinic, supermarket, cultural space, and other community amenities. The design of 425 Grand Concourse honors the history of the site, which sits on land formerly occupied by Public School 31, a Bronx institution originally built in 1899. The former property fell into disrepair and remained abandoned for many years. In tribute to the site’s rich history, the PS 31 sign and other decorative façade elements were salvaged and are on display in the lobby of 425 Grand Concourse.
The development implements high-efficiency building systems with an air-tight building envelope, energy recovery ventilation, and sustainable features to significantly reduce heat loss and gain. The project will surpass the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and the design incorporates NYC Active Design Guidelines to encourage opportunities for physical activity. This benchmark sustainable project provides a model for healthy living environments in a district with one of the worst childhood asthma rates in the country.
Architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning projects, product, and graphic designs from over 32 nations were awarded with Green Good Design awards, representing the world’s most important design firms, manufacturers, and leading FORTUNE 500 corporations that are forwarding a new emphasis on a more sustainable design and environment worldwide.