Via Verde: A Green Design Seminar & Tour by Bright Power


Andrew McNamara, the lead designer of the Via Verde PV System, will give a presentation on the engineering and architectural thought processes that informed the design. The tour that follows the seminar will highlight the solar PV system as installed at Via Verde.

Via Verde: A Green Design Seminar & Tour of the New Housing New York Legacy Project

Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

(700 Brook Avenue at the intersection of E 156th St, The Bronx, NY)

This is the first tour of Via Verde, a new sustainable-design, mixed-income housing development in the South Bronx, since the ground-breaking ceremony was held on May 3, 2010. The project is nearing the substantial completion phase of construction, with a completion date targeted for early 2012. Organized by: AIANY Housing Committee. Cost for each guest: $10.00

Introduction by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, FIUD  is a Registered Architect, Urban Designer, Author and ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture at CCNY/CUNY.

Part 1, 3-4 pm: Seminar on Solar PV at Via Verde by Andrew McNamara of Bright Power, Inc. One of the most innovative in New York City, the solar PV system at Via Verde is integrated into six tiered south facing walls and suspended above resident-accessible trellises on multiple roofs.

Part 2, 4-5:30 pm: Architects’ Tour of Buildings and Gardens, highlighting the realized solar panel installation. Architects will start the group tour on the 20th floor of the tower and travel down through the midrise, townhouses, and end in the courtyard. On the tour we will visit a variety of apartment types, indoor and outdoor public spaces and the solar panels, as discussed in the seminar.

– Adam Watson, AIA, LEED AP, Dattner Architects is a Registered Architect and an Associate with the New York firm of Dattner Architects.
– Robert Garneau, AIA, LEED AP, Grimshaw Architects is a Registered Architect and, since 2003, has been a Senior Architect with Grimshaw Architects, the award winning international practice established in 1980 by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in London, UK.