West Midtown Ferry Terminal
New York, NY


New York Construction Magazine - Best Marine Project Award
AIA New York Chapter Design Awards - Architecture Merit Award


LORING provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design for the “West Midtown Intermodal Ferry Terminal” at Pier 79.  The HVAC system consists of an underfloor air distribution system.  The HVAC system also includes high efficiency rooftop units and gas fired boilers.  The terminal has been modeled to optimize the effects of passive solar heating, natural lighting and the air conditioning requirements.  The design also consists of energy saving features such as CO2 sensors modulate the quantity of outside air; natural ventilation, which is signaled for operation from the building management system; and VAV boxes to serve the associated office spaces. Feasibility studies were conducted to review the use of fuel cells or photo-voltaics cells to provide partial electrical power, a grey water system and a solar domestic hot water heating system.

Additionally, the project included an intensive study to determine the feasibility of utilizing the Hudson River as a heat sink and/or source to support alternate HVAC systems, such as water-source heat pumps or a central chilled water system.  LORING reviewed the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regulations regarding usage of estuaries for heat rejection.  A review was also conducted to determine the impact associated with river water usage on operations and maintenance.