Battery Park City, The Solaire

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection services for a residential building in New York City.


  • Size: 357,000 square feet
  • Construction Cost: $50 million
  • Client/Owner: Albanese Development Corporation
  • Architect: Cesar Pelli & Associates, SLCE Architects
  • Completion Date: 2003

This 27-story building was the first green residential high-rise in the United States. The building encompasses 357,000 square feet and includes 293 units and parking for 40 cars.

The Solaire was designed to consume 35 percent less energy, reduce peak demand for electricity by 65 percent, and require 50 percent less potable water than a conventional, residential high-rise building. An integrated array of photovoltaic panels generates 5 percent of peak electricity for the core-and-shell building.

The building systems included a gas-fired absorption chiller, a condensing boiler with high-combustion efficiency, variable speed drives on the secondary water pumps and cooling tower fans, and high-efficiency motors. Central humidification and air filtration systems are used to bring fresh air to each residential unit. Daylighting was maximized and high-efficiency lighting was used throughout. High-performance casement windows were used throughout. A water recycling system treats and reuses building wastewater to supply toilets and cooling towers, and stormwater collection is reused for drip irrigation systems.

Exterior image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Photovoltaic panels image courtesy of Albanese Organization
Green roof image courtesy of The Solaire