Sandy Digest: May 2014



On May 15th, the overcast sky (a bit of humidity) and threat of heavy rains could not dampen the spirit of the community at Toms River High School North.
Led with encouragement by the Toms River High School North Cheerleaders and Marching Band, along with approximately 250 students; the senior administrators, design, construction teams swung the ceremonial sledgehammers at the facade of the storage building slated for reconstruction, all part of the ReNew NJ/NY Schools program.
The brief ceremony was documented by the student-led TV21, as well as members of the local Asbury Park Press (see report here).
We are looking forward to our continued relationship with the community of Toms River High School North, pro bono architect Craig Brearley Architects, and our new friend in Trinity Construction.
Learn about the ReNew Schools: Toms River High School North project here




ReNew Schools: Washington School

We received a number of qualified submissions for each of the components to the project.

After reviewing with the end-user, we have awarded the work to talented sub-contractors. We’re in the process of executing the construction agreements, and look forward to completing the work over the summer.

ReNew Schools: Memorial School

…A clear path to reconstruction. Our design team from Pennoni, along with help from the Borough of Union Beach Public Works Department, performed the much anticipated and needed sub-surface investigation around the sink hole at the softball diamond. No hazardous material was found, and a simple solution to the sink-hole is being developed.

The landscape architect team has begun designing the dugouts and backstops, and we look forward showing them off in the days to come



Restore the Shore

As the summer season is in full swing along the boardwalk, so too is the Restore the Shore program. The Borough of Seaside Heights officially opened its beaches for the second time after Hurricane Sandy on Memorial Day weekend, and much of the community is now restored, buzzing with activity.
Our first major accomplishment was made with the completion of the boardwalk donor boards. Working with local signage company, Sign A Rama, the boards were in-scripted with names of those who graciously gave to the community of Seaside Heights in the days after the storm. Sign A Rama’s meticulous attention to detail and dedication to the cause have helped to make the donor boards, which look amazing and have already garnered much attention from visitors, an integral component in the boardwalk reconstruction.
Read more about the progress at Seaside Heights here.

AIA Regional Recovery Working Group

At the end of March, our team attended and presented at a workshop hosted by the working group titled, ‘Workshop on coastal Communities, Tools for Resilient Reconstruction.’

During this day-long workshop, various regional organizations working in resilience spoke on their work, including our Regional Program Coordinator, Brian Baer , who was invited to speak about our Hurricane Sandy Program, specifically focusing on the Sandy Design Help Desk events we held in partnership with community partners in the Rockaways and Red Hook.  

Read more about the event on this update.

The next workshop will be held on July 11.  More information to come!



REDC/NJ-Seaside Heights
We are targeting the Design Clinic from July 18-20, held at the Seaside Heights Community Center. We are working with several long term recovery group organizations in Ocean County, who are currently serving as disaster case managers to the population. Stay tuned for more information to come!



Special thanks to our Spring 2014 intern Dan Chiabbaro. Dan helped our NY field office with grant and fundraising research, community outreach with organizations throughout the Tri-State region, and creating documentation for our programs. We thank him for his dedication and hard work during his time with us, and wish him the best of luck as he enters the Urban Planning program at Rutgers University.



Project Name Project Stage % Stage Complete
Restore the Shore CA 50%
ReNew Schools: Washington School, Little Ferry CA 10%
ReNew Schools: Toms River High School North, Toms River CA 10%
ReNew Schools: Memorial School, Union Beach SD/DD 25%

CA Construction Administration; CD Construction Document; DD Design Development; SD Schematic Design; PD Pre-Design- About the Phases

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.