Project Name: East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

Project Location: Manhattan, NY

Project Type: Flood Protection

Services Provided: Value Engineering

Project Description: In response to future risk caused by coastal flooding and climate change, New York City was awarded a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). The winning concept forms the basis for the, over one billion-dollar, East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. This project is a series of levees and flood walls spanning nearly two-and-a-half miles of the lower east side of Manhattan. The project improves access to the waterfront, raises the grade in some areas of East River Park, and improves the East River Park playing fields and activity areas, with enhanced natural areas.

Workshop Results: With an understanding of the functional requirements, the Value Team transitioned to the Creative Phase of the workshop and brainstormed on all the possible ways to accomplish each of those functions. The team generated 205 ideas for potential changes to the current design. Based on the team members’ professional judgment 26 of these ideas were selected for development into Value Alternatives and developed eight ideas into design suggestions.