Sandy Digest: April 2014


From the Field: Restore the Shore team continues conversation with Seaside Heights

On the morning of the first Wednesday in April, the Restore the Shore team arrived at Seaside Heights to find it buzzing with energy as the municipality started its preparations for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons. The team was excited to participate in a day full of meetings and site observations.

The first meeting of the day was with the Design team and focused on investigating the proposed locations for the sun shade structures. Both the Architect and Engineer inspected the boardwalk’s structure to determine the best approach to create the cantilevered extensions with minimal impact to the surrounding beach resources. The next meeting was with the local utility company and comprised of walk-through discussions on the proposed sites for the mobile Events Center. The Project team traced out the future locations for the stage and the Electrical Engineers approved of the installation of transformers on each site so the Events Center can host performing acts of all sizes regardless of the infrastructural requirements. To continue the momentum, the Design and Project teams then met on the boardwalk with the Borough Administrator and the Mayor of the community to review the latest concept presentations for both the Events Center and the new sun shade structures. The Mayor was impressed with the direction the Events Center design was pursuing. The group also thought the sun shade structures were expressive and would create a beautiful and unique experience along the boardwalk. It was decided that the proposed concepts would be presented as photorealistic renderings at the next Governing Body meeting on April 16th for the town board to vote on the final design!

A walk-in client discusses her needs with a volunteer at the Rockaways Design Help Desk held from October 7-12, 2013 Volunteer architects working with clients at the Red Hook Design Help Desk held from February 8-10, 2014 A Resilient Design Workshop preceded the Red Hook Design Help Desk event where architects and former city planners presented their resilient design work with participants



Restore the Shore

The Design team has kicked-off the schematic design of the new mobile events center! Architects at Gensler held a four-hour design charrette on Monday to dive into tensile and modular ideas and to determine how the event center could be most meaningful for the community in its use. Concurrently, the Design team is beginning to research fabricators and different construction methodologies for the fabrication process. Read more in updates here and stay tuned as the design moves forward!
ReNew Schools: Toms River High School North Our pro bono architect, Craig W Brearley Architects have been diligently cranking out the contract drawings and specifications for the reconstruction of the athletic facilities. They’ll be completing them in the coming week, and we’re hoping to issue the drawings for bidding to the marketplace and permit next week. The following step will be to receive the bids, issue and award and have a ground breaking towards the end of April – all great things! Many thanks to Craig and his team for their hard work in pulling the documents together.
ReNew Schools: Washington School After closing out the month of February with an informative project meeting with the school administration, our pro bono architect, Arcari + Iovino Architects have been busy creating the contract documents necessary for bidding to the construction market. We’re looking to issue the information to the market next week and makie an award in a couple of weeks following. Thanks to the A+I team for all of their hard work in making this resilient reconstruction happen! ReNew Schools: Memorial School We have been waiting patiently for the weather in the Northeast to break and become a bit warmer. As Spring is upon us, we are looking forward to beginning our site investigation and subsequent design solutions for the field reconstruction. We’re also looking forward to our design partner Pennoni to create the new look for the dugout areas for both ball fields.


  • Rebuild by Design Public Presentations – April 3 Join Rebuild by Design for the unveiling of innovative design proposals to rebuild communities across the Hurricane Sandy affected region.
  • MAS NYC Livable Neighborhoods Training – April 5 Learn about how to make positive transformations in your neighborhood!
  • MAS NYC Jane’s Walk – May 3-4 Regional Program Coordinator, Brian Baer will be hosting a walk during MAS NYC’s Jane’s Walk Event. Look forward to more information to come.




Project Name Project Stage % Stage Complete
Restore the Shore Schematic Design 25%
ReNew Schools: Washington School, Little Ferry Construction Documents 90%
ReNew Schools: Toms River High School North, Toms River Construction Documents 90%
ReNew Schools: Memorial School, Union Beach Site Investigation 10%

Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction

In the closing days of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy carved a path through the Caribbean before moving up the Atlantic and turning inland at New Jersey, striking many coastal towns. The storm moved north and created a storm surge that devastated the New York/New Jersey Metro area. The event caused major damage and loss of life.