It all makes Long Island an unlikely setting for a project on the cutting edge of sustainable design.(Emphasis added)
But both economics and rising concern for the environment are guiding the green rebuilding of Nassau Coliseum, says Rebecca D’Eloia, senior vp development, sports and entertainment for Forest City Ratner Companies, the project’s developer. (The same firm constructed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which opened in 2012.)
In the downtown Brooklyn offices of Forest City, D’Eloia spreads out plans for the coliseum on a conference table and points to a steel grid that will support the striking new external “fins” chosen for the arena by Manhattan-based SHoP Architects (which also designed the exterior of the Barclays Center).
The raw material of steel “is almost all recycled,” she says, with the fins made of a composite material called Alucabond that is “about 26 percent recycled.”
Repurposing the 43-year-old structure instead of demolishing it was one of the most fundamental green decisions in the project, initiated by Nassau County, owner of the coliseum. “Renovating is inherently sustainable,” D’Eloia says.
Which was precisely not the case in Brooklyn.