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Pile structure environmental permit challenges
Little Island was created by connecting special, huge
tulip-like pots set at different heights on slender concrete
pile/columns driven deep into a riverbed to rock. To develop
this innovative marine foundation, Mueser Rutledge
Consulting Engineers (MRCE) envisioned and redesigned
ordinary piles and created composite piles of different
heights to provide the undulating topography of the new park.
The unique precast concrete composite piles not only hold up
this unusual, heavy structure in the marine environment, but
offer an aesthetic element for the new storm-resilient
recreational pier.
Acknowledgments
The pier was funded primarily through a philanthropic gift
from the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation to the
Hudson River Park Trust. For their ability to reduce
emissions, the bulkhead platform and accessways were
funded through New York State's Congestion Mitigation and
Air Quality Improvement Program. The authors would also
like to thank the following design and construction team
members: Standard Architects (executive architect); Gardiner
& Theobald (owner's representative); McLaren Engineering
(peer reviewer for the New York State Office of General
Services); and GZA Geoengineers (contractor's consultants).
Roderic A. Ellman Jr., P.E., is a principal at Mueser Rutledge Consulting
Engineers and a structural engineer specializing in the design of marine
structures and shallow and deep foundations. He has over 42 years of
experience and has worked on many marine and waterfront structures for
private and public clients. Since 2013, he has chaired DFI's Marine
Foundations Committee.
Rajanikanth S. (Raj). Chinthamani, P.E., is an associate at Mueser
Rutledge Consulting Engineers and a structural engineer specializing in
marine and foundation engineering. He has 20 years of experience in
analyzing and designing industrial, commercial and recreational marine
and waterfront structures.
Adam D. Wallach, P.E., is the northeast area manager at Weeks Marine
and a structural engineer specializing in the engineering and construction of
waterfront structures. He has over 17 years of experience managing
construction projects, including wharf and pier construction, environmental
dredging and capping, shoreline protection, and other waterfront
infrastructure.
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