The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has selected Stantec as the lead design for the Battery Coastal Resilience Project. The 4-year, $129 million project will ensure usability of Battery Park over the next 80 years.
The project spans one third of a mile of waterfront along the 25-acre Battery Park and is part of the City’s Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency initiative to protect Lower Manhattan from the impacts of rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Stantec will lead design plans for a reconstructed wharf at the southern tip of Manhattan that will raise the waterfront esplanade approximately 5 feet above its current elevation – 11 feet above Mean Sea Level. Design is expected to take 18 months.
“Current sea level rise projections show that the Battery sits in a particularly vulnerable location and needed wharf reconstruction provides a timely opportunity to protect the Battery’s unique character and usability for years to come,” said Brian O’Donnell, Principal-in-Charge, Stantec.
The interdisciplinary design will be led out of Stantec’s New York City office, and will include landscape architecture, waterfront engineering, and environmental review, with the support of several specialty contractors.
Several complex issues will be addressed in the design, including in-water construction, interior drainage, and integration of a new wharf elevation with the existing parkland.
The project team anticipates using an adaptive design strategy – one that will continue to provide the well-known views of the New York harbor, relief from sea level rise and nuisance flooding, and flexibility for uncertain future conditions. Resilient planting will also be critical in ensuring survivability from major storms while establishing a lush and peaceful setting.
“Increases in extreme weather events are bringing resiliency to the top of city agendas across the world,” said Gary Sorge, Stantec’s Discipline Leader for Landscape Architecture. “Stantec is in a strong position to meet those needs and has been bringing forward both green and grey infrastructure solutions that will protect the drivers of our economies – our cities. It takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to make communities both resilient and livable for future generations.”