Energy Services Programs
Brooklyn Supreme Court
Built in 1959, the Brooklyn Supreme Court Building in
downtown Brooklyn houses critical court operations and handles one of
the city’s busiest trial calendars.
The chiller plant serving the 500,000
square-foot building, including 11 floors of offices, courtrooms and
judges chambers, had become too costly to maintain, and the small boiler
and electrical service and distribution systems were inadequate to carry
the facility into the new century.
NYPA’s Energy Services project team designed a plan to
replace the chiller plant and add a new small boiler to the existing
boiler plant for efficient low-load operation. A major problem was that
the units were located in the subbasement and barely accessible, and a
major priority was not disrupting operations or delaying the court
The team first demolished old equipment in the boiler
room to create a path for the new chillers to pass through. New
electrical service work was performed concurrently with the new chiller
room construction, new cooling towers were rigged to the roof and
necessary condenser water piping was replaced. All connections were made
two weeks ahead of schedule.
The new high-efficiency electric chillers utilize
non-ozone-depleting refrigerant and demand less fuel and maintenance.
(The new systems run on natural gas and clean No. 2 fuel oil.) Automated
digital controls monitor operation of various systems and equipment from
a centralized personal computer.
In addition to directing the renovations, the Power
Authority provided financing for the $7.9 million project through its
long-term partnership agreement with the City of New York.
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