East Side Coastal Resiliency

East Side Coastal Resiliency is a critical physical, social, and economic resiliency project with an integrated coastal protection system that will reduce the risk of flooding and facilitate access to the waterfront along 2.4 miles of Manhattan’s East River shoreline. AKRF is leading a multidisciplinary design team providing civil and geotechnical engineering, planning, landscape architecture, urban design, and community engagement services for preliminary and final design of the $1.45 billion project. Design considerations include, among other factors, the reliability of the proposed coastal flood protection system; urban design compatibility and enhancements; and improving the ecology and long-term resiliency of East River Park. We also co-led the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to NEPA, SEQRA, and CEQR, which was approved by the New York City Council in November 2019

(All images courtesy of the New York City Department of Design & Construction | Renderings by B.I.G. Architecture, D.P.C.) 

Awards & Honors
  • 2022 Climate Change Business Journal Business Achievement Award
  • 2022 Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Gold Award 
  • 2021 NAEP Environmental Excellence Award for NEPA Planning Integration
  • 2020 ACEC National Honor Award Winner
  • 2020 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Diamond Award
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