Mayor’s Office Announces Dozen of Resilient Construction and Infrastructure Projects

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Mayor Bill de Blasio. Image credit: CityLand

On November 22, 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of a new pilot program to design and build projects using NYC Climate Resiliency Design guidelines. The guidelines provide engineers and architects with technical guidance on how to design buildings, roads, sewer systems, social housing and other forms of public infrastructure to anticipate the deteriorating effects of climate change, including floods, storm surges and excessive heat.

Earlier this year, the city council passed Local Law 41, which provided for the establishment of climate resilience guidelines for capital projects and a resilience assessment system. By 2026, all investment projects must meet strict guidelines on climate resilience. The aim of the law is to develop capital projects that can withstand stronger storms and enable these critical urban structures to function, especially in emergency situations. Additionally, for every dollar invested in resilience, six dollars are saved in future repair and restoration costs, saving tax dollars.

This pilot program is the first step in implementing local law 41 by applying these guidelines to forty capital projects across the city. The selection process included considerations of climate exposure, project scope, and equity. The projects are associated with 23 city authorities and have a budget of between $ 3 million and $ 1 billion.

The projects included in the pilot program are:

– Expansion of the Horizon youth facility (Administration of Children’s Services / ACS)

– Brooklyn Public Library overhaul

– Kingsborough Community College Hot Water Conduction Distribution (CUNY)

– Queens Courthouse Upgrades and Renovations (Department of Citywide Administrative Services / DCAS)

– Queens County Farm Museum: Department of Cultural Affairs / DCLA

– Harlem stage in the Gatehouse: HVAC upgrade (DCLA)

– Reconstruction of the Paerdegat pumping station (Environment Agency / DEP)

– Owls Head Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility Replacement of the main wastewater pump (DEP)

– Modernization of the Mahopac sewage treatment plant (DEP)

– Arcady Road Reconstruction (DEP)

– Mid Staten Island Bluebelt (DEP and Department of Transportation / DOT)

– Leonard Covello Senior Center Upgrades (Department of Aging / DFTA)

– Harlem Shelter Improvements (Department of Homeless Services / DHS)

– New Manhattan Detention Facility (Department of Correction / DOC)

– Exterior renovation of the Washington Heights Health Center (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / DOHMH)

– Manhattan Greenway – Inwood (DOT)

– Harper Street Administration Building (DOT)

– Reconstruction of the Shore Road Bridge (DOT)

– Queens 1 Luyster Creek garage construction (Department of Sanitation / DSNY)

– Brooklyn Army Terminal Elevators (EDC)

– Hunters Point South Ferry Landing Reconstruction (Economic Development Corporation / EDC)

– Engine 91 renovation (FDNY)

– Fort Totten Utilities improvements (FDNY)

– Partially financed renovation of a children’s hospital facility on Staten Island (Health + Hospitals)

– Brownsville Community Center (Human Resources / HRA)

– Gowanus Green, new affordable housing (Department of Housing Preservation and Development / HPD)

– New Affordable Housing Development in the Bronx (HPD)

– Refurbished Affordable Housing Project in Brooklyn (HPD)

– Wagner Community Center (New York City Housing Authority / NYCHA)

– Jefferson Playground Reconstruction (NYCHA)

– Rebuilding the 23rd Street (NYPD) warehouse

– Rodman’s Neck Facilities Improvements (NYPD)

– New Dorp HVAC (New York Public Library / NYPL) improvements

– Reconstruction of the Dalton Recreation Center (park)

– Improvements in the harbor park (parks)

– 107th Street Pier and Bobby Wagner Walk Reconstruction (Parks)

– Extension of the Jackson Heights Library (Queens Public Library)

– Sunset Park Sub-District School Construction in Brooklyn (School Construction Authority / SCA)

– Construction of a new school in Queens (SCA)

– New school building – location to be determined (SCA)

Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “Climate change is happening now and we have the guide we need to ensure our public infrastructure in New York City is safe. Roads, hospitals, public housing and buildings must be designed with the effects of extreme weather conditions in mind, and NYC’s Climate Resistance Guidelines will ensure that happens. “

The director of the Mayor’s Office for Climate Resilience, Jainey Bavishi, stated, “The NYC Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines pilot program is a huge step forward in our work to build a more resilient New York City. After the five-year pilot, all of the city’s buildings and infrastructure projects, with a planned investment of $ 90 billion, will be built to withstand future floods and heat to ensure New Yorkers are safer, infrastructure lasts longer, and tax dollars go on . “

From: Veronika Rose (Veronica is a CityLaw fellow and a graduate of the New York Law School, born in 2018.)


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