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Barclays Center

Bringing energy-efficient design to the heart of Brooklyn’s revamp

The Barclays Center is a 19,000-seat arena in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, the arena hosts professional and college basketball games, concerts, fine arts performances, circuses, hockey tournaments, graduation ceremonies, trade shows and other events. The project is the centrepiece of the Pacific Park mixed-use complex, a development at the forefront of Brooklyn’s revitalization.

We provided MEP, lighting design, sustainable design consulting and structural steel detailing for the project, in an approach that involved subcontractors in the design phase. This collaboration helped speed up construction through fast resolution of buildability issues and early procurement of long-lead equipment.

Our energy-efficient design includes free cooling for the majority of the year provided by a 100% air-side economizer with heat recovery systems to preheat and pre-cool the vast amount of outside air required for ventilation. Demand controlled ventilation allows the system to adapt to more intimate events, thereby saving energy. 

High efficiency gas-fired domestic water heaters supply the whole arena including showers, kitchens and hydrotherapy equipment. Hot water is delivered via a centralized system to ensure availability at all times. Low-flow plumbing and waterless systems conserve water in restrooms, while two underground storage tanks collect and retain storm water to control outflows.

The lighting is designed to maximize audiences experience while minimizing energy consumption. It is directly controlled by a building-wide programmable system, capable of tailoring lighting effects and levels for a wide variety of events.

The Barclays Center was the first professional sports and entertainment venue in the New York metro area to achieve LEED Silver Certification for New Construction.

Client Qatar Foundation
Architect Leigh & Orange Architects
Location Doha, Quatar
Capacity 19,000
Home of Brooklyn Nets Baseball team
Our services Structural, civil, building services, infrastructure design
Project status Completed in 2006