The bold African-art inspired façade of the 250-unit LEED Silver Kalahari Mixed-use complex is an icon of the vibrant Harlem Community. AKF was proud to bring a suite of integrated services including Energy and Sustainability, IT/AV and security design and consulting, and MEP/FP design services as a part of talented project team. The design team was given a clear vision of the goal of transforming how a mix of affordable and market rate condominiums could be designed and built and how they could transform the lives of the people who lived there.
The mix of residential and retail development, pioneering the transformation of its Harlem neighborhood. Its 50 / 50 mix of affordable units for middle-income owners and market-rate units feature superior indoor air quality and low energy use in a luxury environment.
Because Harlem has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country, the client put a priority on the cleanest possible indoor air. To achieve that goal, Mr. Rice led the design of a ventilation system that draws in conditioned outdoor air from the roof, well above street level. Ventilation air is filtered with MERV-13 high-efficiency filters and ducted to each apartment unit in the building. In addition, the building is positively pressurized to prevent infiltration of street level air into the building.
To help achieve the project’s low-energy performance goals, the building features a high-performance envelope, high albedo and green grid planted roof, solar electricity generation with photovoltaic panels, a high-efficiency heat pump loop system, energy star appliances, and ventilation heat recovery systems. He building’s ultimate performance has met the bold vision of the owners and created an efficient, aesthetically striking addition to the historic neighborhood. (Prior Experience)