Dattner Architects’ Vital Brookdale won the ULI Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing last Thursday night at the Awards Gala. The Urban Land Institute’s New York Awards for Excellence in Development are a highly competitive program that recognizes best in class projects that excel in design, sustainability, and impact.
Vital Brookdale, developed through a public-private partnership sponsored by New York State, was applauded for demonstrating “how targeted interventions through supportive housing can change life trajectories.” The Passive House project includes deeply affordable apartments with a host of amenities, job training and empowerment facilities, and a new healthcare center.
Director of Sustainability and Project Manager, Shefali Sanghvi (right) receiving the award with Catherine Levenson from MDG construction
An exceptional model of affordable, sustainable, community-based housing, Vital Brookdale combines a f health-focused community resources and affordable apartments for the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The low-carbon development is Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) certified, an international standard of building for maximized energy efficiency. The project includes a 100kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system, a series of green roofs and plantings, and other energy efficient measures to ensure the comfort and affordability for residents as well as sustainability of the building.
Videos of Vital Brookdale and the other 2023 Award winners are available on the ULI New York website: