Reliable Clean City Projects Frequently Asked Questions
The Hub’s design calls for an enclosed building designed to be five feet higher than the 2015 FEMA 100-year flood elevation criteria. The additional five feet meets New York City’s requirement for an additional two feet, plus an additional three feet to allow for potential climate change impacts.
The building is also designed to withstand a sustained 130 mph hurricane wind speed.
The Hub will be a brand new, three-story LEED-certified green building designed to the Waterfront Alliance’s Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines. Plans include a green roof and solar panels. The new building will replace three fossil-fuel-burning turbines that had been used to generate additional electricity in times of extreme demand, like the hottest summer days. In the future, this site will connect 100% clean energy with no emissions to help the surrounding neighborhoods breathe easier.
The new Hub will also beautify the Brooklyn waterfront, visible from Manhattan.
We estimate the multi-year engineering, design, and construction phases will create more than 500 skilled, clean energy jobs.
We recently requested an increase in 16 underground transmission splicers, 16 transmission mechanics, and four welders, among others. Once the Hub is in service, we anticipate the facility will require at least 15 incremental full-time union employees to handle ongoing maintenance, operations, and development of the facility. There are currently six full-time union employees working at the site, so this project will create a significant increase in union labor at this location.