Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan

Fundamentally different design

  • Operational cost savings
  • Improved resiliency
  • Reduced GHG emissions

Stuyvesant Town, commonly known as StuyTown, is one of the largest residential complexes in the United States. Located in Manhattan, it comprises 89 addresses, as well as playgrounds and parks. Following Hurricane Sandy, StuyTown’s management wanted to reduce energy bills and provide emergency power by installing combined heat and power (CHP).

StuyTown management was already in discussions with CHP vendors about installing small units in individual buildings, the traditional approach most building owners follow when considering this technology. Ecosystem proposed a fundamentally different design in its integrated design and construction project. Instead of individual units, a new centralized plant including two combined heat and power (CHP) units and three boilers would generate electricity for 42 addresses and heating for 12 addresses, reduce operating costs, and provide emergency power. Steam heating system optimization would also improve tenant comfort. Project cost, annual savings, and incentives were guaranteed.

StuyTown will successfully achieve a significant portion of its future sustainability goals with this project. GHG emissions will be reduced by 1,018 metric tons of CO2/year, positioning StuyTown as a leading participant in the NYC Mayoral Carbon Challenge.

Customized Performance Measures

  • CHP
  • High-efficiency boilers
  • Steam peak optimization
  • Electricity resiliency and redundancy
  • Electrical systems upgrade
  • New gas service
  • Centralized controls for CHP plant

‘‘I didn’t just get an engineering group. I got a partner.’’

Tom Feeney, VP Facility Operations and Engineering