New York, NY
2016 - 2020
Trinity Real Estate
74 Trinity Place is a new 445-foot-tall, 27-story, mixed-use tower containing a parish house and other church uses with an office tower above, designed in collaboration with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The podium of building, occupying the lower five floors, houses community space for Trinity Church which includes a parish hall, classrooms for children and adults, daycare facilities, a full basketball court, seminar spaces, offices for clergy, music rehearsal spaces, an art studio, lobby café, and an archival records vault for church documents - some of which are over 300 years old. The building also connects to the rear of Trinity Church via a pedestrian bridge preserved from its original design.
The tower features two connective lobbies at the street level – one dedicated to the office portion of the building on Greenwich Street, the other for the podium at Trinity Place Church public spaces, both providing access to the podium as well as the varying public spaces at the first five levels. The transparent façade of the lower levels encourages visual connections between the interiors displaying the church’s mission of inclusivity through architectural design. An outdoor terrace above the podium maximizes the views of the church and churchyard.
As the façade moves upward, the glass becomes more reflective with minimized heat gain for a sustainable envelope performance. The tower’s curtain wall is unitized, low-iron laminated glass with a patterned frit on various panels. Sunshades are composed of custom metal and provide a striking and elegant accent to the windows.
The development presented some unique site conditions that included subway lines running on both street frontages of the through lot requiring Transit Authority approvals; sidewalk vaults requiring NYC DOT approvals; handling stormwater retention on site; and addressing the neighboring landmark American Stock Exchange Building to the north. Additionally, a portion of the lot is located within a Special Flood Hazard Zone; flood mitigation measures included wet flood proofing at egress stairs, deployable flood barriers at entry doors and a 27-inch curb at storefront and the building perimeter.
Trinity Commons is one of the first commercial projects to be designed utilizing LEED Version 4.0. It proved to be challenging as many manufacturers had not updated their standards to comply with Version 4.0; verification of materials compliant with new criteria became a task of its own. Sustainability design features included use of locally sourced materials and meeting Building Product Disclosure Environmental Product Declaration criteria; water reducing plumbing fixtures; low-emitting materials; and advanced energy modeling.