Located on the Hudson Riverfront in Hoboken, NJ facing midtown Manhattan, the new luxury rental building is one of only four new construction LEED®-certified residential projects in the state. The building features an 11,000 square-foot roof garden, an exterior wall system specifically designed for increased thermal comfort, and durable finish materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which greatly improve air quality.
“Berkshire is an excellent example of green residential development and we couldn’t be prouder of this all-important achievement which is the result of a dedicated and experienced team of professionals working toward the common goal of improving the environment,” said Michael Barry, a principal of Hoboken-based Ironstate Development.
Designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, the 13-story building — the tallest LEED®-certified project in New Jersey — was completed last month and features 93 rental residences which were leased up in just four months. Additional sustainable elements include automated lighting controls, a high performance thermal envelope and recycled and renewable finish products. The poured-in-place concrete structure of The Berkshire is made of recycled materials.
The largest amenity of Berkshire is also the feature that offers the most sustainability to the project. The 5th-floor roof garden presents an attractive outdoor recreation area for residents while also offsets the building’s ability to capture and retain heat which can negatively affect the micro climate of the City. In addition, the green roof utilizes storm water for irrigation, so only a small amount of rain water flows to the City’s storm drain.
The one- and two-bedroom residences at Berkshire feature highly-rated windows, water efficient plumbing fixtures and Energy Star® appliances.
Berkshire is located within Ironstate’s Shipyard community, a mixed-use riverfront development comprising 1,160 residences, 65,000 square feet of retail space, a one-acre waterfront park, full-service marina and Yacht Club, and an onsite ferry terminal with service to Manhattan.
The team of professionals who worked on Berkshire includes developer Ironstate Development, Project Team Architect Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, Interior Designer Minno & Wasko, Green Roof Designer Melillo & Bauer Landscape Architects, Structural Engineer GACE Engineering, MEP Engineer Baron Engineering and General Contractor AJD Construction.
The quest for Berkshire’s LEED® certification is in line with Ironstate Development’s corporate initiative involving sustainable development. The company recently began retrofitting some of its existing rental communities in New Jersey with solar roof panels, and is currently converting lighting in all of its parking garages to compact fluorescent lights.
In addition, Ironstate is currently in the design stage for future LEED®-certified buildings, including a large-scale mixed-use community on the waterfront in Staten Island, NY which will feature 800 residential units and retail space.
About Ironstate Development
Based in Hoboken, NJ, Ironstate and its principals have developed thousands of residential units and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial and hospitality space; the company continues to own and manage the overwhelming majority of this portfolio. Ironstate is currently engaged in the active development of over $1 billion of residential and hospitality real estate. Ironstate’s expertise and strength are in its ability to successfully plan and execute the development of complex, multi-faceted projects. It works closely with local, state and federal agencies, as well as architectural, engineering, environmental and construction firms. Ironstate’s four decades of experience in acquiring, planning, financing, constructing, and managing large-scale developments has made the company a leader in the industry. www.ironstate.net
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. www.usgbc.org
About Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the USGBC to provide third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. www.usgbc.org/LEED