NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Engineering solutions which work in tandem with nature, not against it, are essential, says President of Ocean and Coastal Consultants, John Chapman. OCC, as part of the SCAPE team, was recently chosen by HUD to participate in “Rebuild by Design” competition to help develop projects for redesigning Sandy-affected communities.
Reinforcing already existing structures is the sustainable and cost-efficient solution when rebuilding New York and protecting the City from future storms, says Ocean and Coastal Consultants, a world leader within waterfront engineering and consulting.
The SCAPE team was recently chosen by HUD, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, as part of a multidisciplinary team to proceed to stage two of REBUILD BY DESIGN, a regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities. OCC will advise on best practices for transformational coastal and in-water practices, specifically Ecology, Environment, and Soft Infrastructure. Additionally, OCC will provide input on governance and regulations for marine environmental considerations. Read more about the competition and the teams
Chapman, a believer in using nature as part of the rebuilding solution, says “Natural systems provide insight and often survive for a reason. The ability to engineer and enhance those naturally occurring and sustainable beach systems can provide a more resilient coastal defense to increasing threats. Gone are days of simply pumping sacrificial sand onto a beach.”
Reconstructing Fishers Island
OCC played an important role in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to checking the City’s East River ferry terminals for damage and inspecting the Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal piers for the return of cruise ships being held off shore, OCC is currently performing site reconnaissance on Fishers Island, where Sandy caused severe erosion to the coastal bluffs along the southern shoreline, threatening several homes perched close to the top. OCC performed a coastal engineering analysis, evaluated concepts including concrete seawall, gabion baskets and riprap revetment, and prepared construction plans and technical specifications for the proposed stabilization of the bluffs. Construction began in early 2013 and OCC is continuing to prepare similar designs and specifications for two other properties experiencing severe bluff erosion on Fishers Island.
Waterfront engineering and consulting continue to play a vital role, as New York focuses on the effort of building a city more resilient to the effects of climate change - one of the biggest and most urgent challenges in New York at the moment. The City’s panel on Climate Change estimates that 800,000 city residents will live in flood-prone areas by the 2050s — up from 398,000 today.
In his comprehensive plan “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” Mayor Bloomberg has laid out a number of initiatives to protect the city from future storms, including building flood walls and protecting coastal areas.
OCC has a strong record in rehabilitating coastal areas affected by natural disasters and developing resiliency efforts for storm damage prevention and climate change initiatives. In addition to the Fishers Island project, OCC was contracted by United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the rehabilitation of the Grand Isle in Louisiana following damage from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Rehabilitation plans for the 7.5 miles of shoreline included the repair, replacement and/or construction of 20 (out of 23) offshore breakwaters, two (2) jetties, 5.7 miles of geotextile tube-reinforced sand dune, sand fencing and plantings.
About OCC: Part of COWI North America, Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc. (OCC) is a leader in providing waterfront engineering services to clients worldwide. OCC offers a wide range of engineered solutions ranging from natural enhancement to hard structures for coastal defences.
 with SCAPE with Parsons Brinckerhoff; SeARC Ecological Consulting; The New York Harbor School; Phil Orton/Stevens Institute; Paul Greenberg; LOT-EK; and MTWTF