Engineering New York City’s Newest Tourist Attraction

NY Wheel


NY Wheel


Staten Island, NY


New York Wheel LLC/NYC Department of Small Business Services

AKRF is providing site/civil engineering consulting services for the New York Observation Wheel (NY Wheel) development on the northern Staten Island waterfront.

Standing approximately 60 stories, the NY Wheel will be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. The development will also feature the NY Wheel Terminal Building, containing commercial, retail, dining, and accessory uses, along with exhibition and theater space, and a green roof design offering scenic vistas of New York Harbor.

AKRF’s engineers have focused a large percentage of their design efforts at the shoreline, with respect to erosion and sediment controls; stormwater best management practices to ensure the achievement of New York State Department of Conservation water quality regulations in regard to direct discharges from the site to New York Harbor via stormwater outfalls; and site drainage, which is being designed in conformance with the project’s goals of green design and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The project has presented challenges such as working within a floodplain significantly affected by Superstorm Sandy and designing the site in compliance with the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood elevations for a type of proposed structure that has never been constructed in New York City before.

Our site design and other services on this project have included:

  • Paving, grading, drainage, and utilities
  • Stormwater and wastewater management
  • Roadway and infrastructure improvements
  • Waterfront development
  • City and State permitting applications

In addition, AKRF provided an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the NY Wheel development as well as for Empire Outlets, a related project on an adjacent site. AKRF also conducted engineering and geotechnical analyses for interim parking lots to serve commuters, traveling through the nearby Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal, during project construction.

Site/Civil Engineering Overview