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Green Acres: Bromley Caldari Wins an EBie Award


We want to congratulate Bromley Caldari for being part of the team that just won an EBie Award from the Urban Green Council. These juried awards, known as the “Oscars of Sustainable Existing Buildings,” celebrate sustainability improvements in existing buildings (hence the EBies) and the individuals who made them happen. They recognize the “unsung heroes” who have made great strides in improving environmental performance, since research shows that changes to existing buildings will have the greatest environmental impact, despite new buildings often getting the spotlight.

Brookly Grange Urban Rooftop Farm, Bromley Caldari Architects

Brooklyn Grange urban farm on the roof of the Standard Motor Products Building in Queens, New York, designed by Bromley Caldari Architects.

Bromley Caldari’s amazing project, the creation of Brooklyn Grange, a 43,000-square-foot urban farm on the roof of the Standard Motor Products Building in Queens, NY, won the Verdant Brainiac Award, which recognizes the most innovative green renovation project, particularly one that overcame significant barriers (cost, institutional, technological) in a manner that is scalable. Congratulations to Jerry Caldari and the project team.


The Lush Life: Bromley Caldari Helps Create an Organic Farm on a Rooftop in Long Island City

Last year, Scott Bromley and Jerry Caldari’s firm, Bromley Caldari Architects, participated in one of the coolest projects ever, helping to turn the roof of an industrial building in Long Island City, Queens, into the largest rooftop farm in the country. Scott and Jerry’s client, Brooklyn Grange, a commercial organic farming business, sells the produce they grow on the 40,000-square-foot rooftop to local restaurants and markets. The building, which was constructed in 1919, is built like a rock with a roof of reinforced concrete that now supports roughly 1.2 million pounds of soil growing hundreds of thousands of plants, including tomatoes, salad greens, herbs, carrots, fennel, beets, radishes, beans, and many other crops. It’s as if Green Acres moved to Park Avenue.

Bromley Caldari Brooklyn Grange

Scott Bromley and Jerry Caldari were the architects for Brooklyn Grange, the largest rooftop farm in the country, located at 37-18 Northern Boulevard, in Long Island City, Queens.

Bromley Caldari Brooklyn Grange

The concrete slab roof of this former manufacturing facility in the heart of Long Island City was the perfect structure to house the farm.

Bromley Caldari Brooklyn Grange

The one-acre (40,000 square foot) farm in comprises roughly 1.2 million pounds of soil and more than 20,000 linear feet of green roofing material.

Bromley Caldari Brooklyn Grange

The farm has a significant positive environmental impact. The green roof insulates the building, lowering heating and cooling costs. It will also increase the lifespan of the roof and reduce water runoff, which can prevent flooding.

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