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One Architecture & Urbanism

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Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resiliency (BMCR)

Brooklyn Bridge – Montgomery Coastal Resiliency (BMCR) is an integrated coastal flood risk mitigation project for the Two Bridges neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.  This project is one segment of the larger and systemic response of the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) initiative.  Extending from the Brooklyn Bridge to Montgomery Street, BMCR will reduce the risk of flooding due to coastal storms and 2050’s sea level rise, while preserving waterfront views and access.

This project will protect thousands of residents, including many living in affordable housing, with a combination of fixed and deployable flood protection elements. The deployable elements, consisting of flip-up and roller-type gates, will be permanent infrastructure, stored in discrete locations and deployed ahead of a storm event. The location of the flood walls and posts was determined to minimize conflict with subsurface infrastructure and to maximize integration with existing waterfront uses such as open-air seating, fitness, and athletic courts. In addition to the flood protection system, the project includes improvements to sewer infrastructure, cycling infrastructure, and public park amenities.

ONE was responsible for the detailed design and urban integration of the project’s flood protection walls and roller gates, ensuring continuity of design between the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project and the BMCR, as well as leading the architectural design of a new building to house hydraulic and electrical equipment for below grade sewer infrastructure improvements.

  • Client:
    • Organizing agency: NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYC-EDC)
    • Executing agency: NYC Department of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC)
    • Partner agencies: NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency (MOR), NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC-DPR), NYC Department of Transportation (NYC-DOT), NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC-DEP)
  • Project Period: 
    • Preliminary design: December 2019 – April 2020
    • Final design: May 2020 – September 2020
    • Construction (est.) 2021-2024
  • Collaborators: AECOMNandinee Phookan Architects (NPA)Westler-Cohen AssociatesKS Engineers
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Status: Under Construction
Location: New York, NY, US