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children can congregate and play. "There can be resilience along
with functionality and beauty," Westerhof explains. Now Arcadis is
collaborating with Danish firm BIG to design and build a 10-mile
flood barrier disguised as a park, known as BIG U, that will snake
around and protect lower Manhattan.
The Coney Island Yard Complex is also a tale of innovation.
After the initial phase of repairing electrical systems and getting
automated switching back on line, STV Group addressed a significant long-term challenge: protecting the facility
against future storms and potential flooding. That
meant designing and building a 2.5-mile concrete
wall around the facility, along with eight floodgates
that can open and close when trains enter or exit the
yard. The facility also included new and improved
bridges along with more than 900,000 gallons of
underground water storage and two pump stations to
avoid future flooding.
Make no mistake, the face of resiliency planning is
changing. "Sandy spurred a whole new way of looking at design," Boulé says.
"We have begun to address
significant issues related
to resiliency and make
some major changes." Not
surprisingly, Dewberry is
also helping redefine this space. It has
worked on several post-Sandy planning
and engineering projects, including the
preliminary design of a $200 million
"Sandy
flood risk reduction system in Hoboken, New Jersey. The goal, Boulé says,
spurred a
whole new way is to minimize future risk while maximizing community resources. "This
of looking at
means undergoing the right level of
design."
planning and community input so that
a project can be engineered in a rightJOHN BOULÉ |
headed way," he says.
DEWBERRY

SURGING FORWARD

Although there has been considerable progress in repairing and
rebuilding storm-damaged infrastructure across the Atlantic
region, there is still work to be done. The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers and others have identified additional needs,
which may or may not be funded. For example, according
to estimates, New York City requires up to $60 billion to
build out all the storm and flood projection systems deemed
necessary. So far, it has been allocated $20
billion in federal funds-leaving it with
a two-thirds funding shortfall. The story
is much the same in other areas along the
Atlantic Coast.
Competing federal and state government
budget and financial requirements are only
part of the story, however. "Unfortunately,"
Forcina says, "the collective memory is
relatively short and the sense of urgency
subsides as the storm recedes into history."
Too often, the initial sense of urgency
dissipates-until the next catastrophe strikes.
"As memories fade, you move from a 'I don't
care what it takes to fix things' mentality to
a more lackadaisical and complacent view,
such as, 'If you put the dune here to protect
the coastline and prevent possible flooding, you're impacting
my view of the ocean.'"
In the end, Boulé believes that the storm and all the damage
led to advances along with more progressive thinking and better
engineering. "Hurricane Sandy forced everyone, including the
government and the engineering industry, to completely rethink
the way infrastructure is built, maintained and upgraded. The
policy changes and code changes resulting from Sandy will have
a hugely positive impact in the years ahead. We have begun to
create a culture of resilience." ■

Following the
hurricane,
Congress
allocated $5.1
billion for
both shortand long-term
recovery and
rebuilding

Samuel Greengard is a technology writer based in West Linn, Oregon.

BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

The East Side Coastal
Resiliency Project is a
federally funded coastal
protection initiative
aimed at reducing flood
risk due to coastal storms
and sea level rise on
Manhattan's East Side
from East 23rd Street to
Montgomery Street.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc - September/October 2017

Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Contents
From Acec to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Eye on The Storm
Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
Innovations in Airport Design
Future Looks Bright for Vr
The Legend of Gridlock Sam
Focus on Philanthropy
Guest Column
Mergers and Acquisitions
Members in the News
Business Insights
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Intro
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Cover2
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Contents
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 2
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 3
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - From Acec to You
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 5
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Market Watch
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 7
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Legislative Action
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 9
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Eye on The Storm
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 11
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 12
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Innovations in Airport Design
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Future Looks Bright for Vr
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - The Legend of Gridlock Sam
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Focus on Philanthropy
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