May 15, 2013
All images by Garrison Architects.
Among the many effects of Hurricane Sandy, the lack of suitable beach facilities was among the more symbolic. Destroyed bathrooms, changing rooms, and lifeguard stations would have a major dampening effect on the economic and cultural livelihood of New York City’s coastal recreation areas such as Rockaway Beach and Coney Island, as well as many Staten Island beaches.
Luckily, Garrison Architects and the New York City government are coming to the rescue with a series of modular beach facilities to be deployed around May 25. The pavilions, 35 in total, are being manufactured in Pennsylvania and will be delivered as single pieces to their respective sites. Conforming in size to interstate trucking limits, the pavilions will house comfort stations, lifeguard stations, and offices for Parks Enforcement Patrol and Maintainence and Operations Staff.
Built on pre-installed concrete piers, the pavilions will sit at or above FEMA’s revised Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs). This in addition to the selected material palette will ensure the pavilions’ resistence to future storms.