Croton Water Treatment Plant (Mosholu Golf Course)
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Project Name: Croton Water Treatment Plant (Mosholu Golf Course)
Year: Current
Owner: NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Parks & Recreation
Location: Bronx, NY, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 393000 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Greenroofs.com

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Grimshaw Architects
Landscape Architect: Ken Smith Landscape Architects
Ecological and Greenroof Design Consultant: Rana Creek Living Architecture
Environmental Design and LEED Administration: Atelier Ten
Ecological and Water Management Design Consultant: Great Ecology
Currently under construction amid years of delay and controversy, the Croton Water Treatment Plant (Mosholu Golf Course) will be a $3 billion+ state-of-the-art water treatment facility that will filter a significant portion of New York City's drinking water from upstate reservoirs. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, Ken Smith Landscape Architects and many other collaborators including Rana Creek Living Architecture, when completed it will be the largest living roof in New York, measuring over 9 acres. The roof will be used as a driving range, and a clubhouse and filtration pools will create a security barrier. The filtration plant is now scheduled to be completed in 2015.

"To ensure the continued viability of the Croton, the city's smallest and oldest water supply system, DEP is constructing a filtration plant beneath the driving range of the Mosholu Golf Course. The restored driving range, when completed, will be the largest continuous intensive green roof in North America. The design also calls for a clubhouse facility; water features; and significant landscaping, utilizing native species and locally-sourced materials in order to replicate many habitats found throughout the Bronx, (NYC Design Commission, 2008).
Photo Courtesy of Great EcologyGraphic Courtesy of Great Ecology, by Grimshaw Architects, All Rights Reserved
"The Croton Water Treatment Plant is the largest infrastructure project for the City of New York, processing a third of NYC's drinking water. The building is nine acres wide, and sinks 12 stories into the earth. Although this is a massive building, the only thing that will be visible from the outside is the largest continuous living roof in North America. It will be entirely surrounded by a wetland stormwater and groundwater management system designed by Great Ecology as part of the Grimshaw Architects team.

"The living roof, also functioning as a driving range for the Mosholu Golf Course, draws inspiration from the native habitats found in adjacent Van Cortland Park. The surrounding wetland was designed to mimic naturally occurring water features, such as rocky streams, marshes, and open water ponds. Great Ecology, along with the rest of the team (led by Grimshaw), received the coveted and prestigious Design Award of Excellence in 2008," (Great Ecology website, see blow).

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Graphic Courtesy of Great Ecology, by Grimshaw Architects, All Rights ReservedPhoto Courtesy of Great Ecology
The Mosholu Golf Course is located at Van Cortlandt Park, 3701 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY. See the Design Award Recipients 2008, Croton Water Treatment Plant" write up, where you can also see the long list of designers and contributors. Read the case study from Great Ecology here and Atelier Ten here.
 
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