The transformation of two 1960s New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in the Bronx, totaling 11 acres and approximately 700,000 built square feet, is an all-inclusive renovation and sustainability upgrade of 11 six story buildings at Baychester Houses, and two 20 story buildings at Murphy Houses, all with tenants in place. Awarded under NYCHA’s NextGen RAD/PACT program, the campus wide exterior and interior renovations include façade over-cladding, an overhaul of the existing grounds, residential public space and unit upgrades, building system upgrades, and implementation of comprehensive accessibility and security improvements. Community, daycare and senior centers have also been enhanced, improving the services provided to residents.
The Murphy and Baychester campuses were in need of substantial capital improvements. Incorporated into the design for these improvements, the energy efficiency afforded by new windows, cladding with EIFS, replacing and insulating all roofs, and installing low-flow plumbing fixtures; reduces energy usage, improves the integration of the developments into the fabric of the surrounding communities, and enhances the health, safety, and comfort of occupants; and sets a high standard in deep energy retrofit technologies. Incorporating this holistic set of measures into the wider rehabilitations ensures that it can provide reliable heat and hot water, eliminate overheating, create healthier indoor living for residents, improve water management, and create a model to be replicated at other NYCHA developments.