HSS Center (Brooklyn Nets Training Center)
Brooklyn, New York
In February 2016, the Brooklyn Nets moved into their new, 70,000 SF training center, bringing all team operations into Brooklyn and further cementing the franchise’s connection to New York City and the borough. Occupying the top two floors of a century-old warehouse, the facility features Nets locker room and player lounge, two full basketball courts, weight room, training pools, multimedia theater, and a rooftop terrace area with stunning views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. In addition, the facility is home to the Brooklyn Nets management and operations offices including a state-of-the-art Nets draft room and media facilities. The Nets formed a sponsorship with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) including naming rights for the new training center.
Developing a modern NBA training facility designed to sit atop of a more than 100 year old warehouse building in Brooklyn, NY was very challenging. Work on the facility included raising the current roof structure from 12 feet to 36 feet to accommodate arching jump shots. In addition, SSR had to evaluate and design upgrades to the existing building MEP infrastructure to support the new facility. New fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems were designed and coordinated for compliance with modern local codes in New York City. Electrical systems were antiquated and required complete replacement with a new main electrical service to the building. An emergency generator and associated power systems were added as well. HVAC and plumbing systems were designed for integration within the framework of the existing building. For example, SSR provided building performance analysis along with ROI model to facilitate replacement of the historic windows with new modern glazing for compliance with the New York City energy code. At each step, SSR met the challenges presented by the historic structure to develop a new home for the Brooklyn Nets.