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Dshape, Andrew Rella and John Sheridan of The Sheridan Corporation Awarded $90,000 for Their Waterfront Construction Ideas
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the winners of Change the Course – The NYC Waterfront Construction Competition - which is designed to provide innovative and cost-saving solutions for completing marine construction projects and maintaining waterfront infrastructure in New York City. The three winners will be awarded a total of $90,000 for their selected ideas, and will present to New York City agency representatives and maritime construction professionals, potentially leading to the ideas being incorporated into future NYCEDC waterfront projects. The awards are a result of a two-phase competition launched by NYCEDC in the fall of 2012 which led to submissions from leading experts across the globe seeking to transform New York City’s waterfront and ensure its sustainability in the 21st century and beyond. The winners were officially announced this morning at the Change the Course Symposium, held at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan.
“Reclaiming and transforming New York City’s hundreds of miles of waterfront has long been a key piece of the Bloomberg Administration’s overall economic development strategy,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “Now, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, establishing a long-term vision for our waterfront has taken on even greater importance. The winning ideas selected as a result of this competition will allow us to address the needs of our City’s aging infrastructure in both an innovative and cost-effective manner, ensuring the sustainability of one of our City’s greatest assets.”
The selected winners for Change the Course are:
Nearly half of NYC’s 565 miles of shoreline is owned by the City of New York and includes a wide range of structures, many of which are deteriorating and will require rehabilitation or replacement in the coming years and decades. This work has increasingly become prohibitively expensive, driven by the cost of construction materials, labor, outdated construction methods and technologies, regulations and other factors. Through the NYC Waterfront Construction Competition, NYCEDC and the Hudson River Park Trust have sought competitive proposals for innovative and cost-saving solutions for completing marine construction projects in New York City.
"Repairing piles and in-water construction are far and away the biggest expenses for Hudson River Park, including at Pier 40," said Hudson River Park Trust President and CEO, Madelyn Wils. "HRPT applauds all the competitors who took up the challenge of proposing new and innovative ways of using habitat friendly materials and new technology to change the way these repairs are done. We look forward to piloting these projects at Pier 40 as soon as they are ready."
"Dshape is excited to not only take part, but to win the Change the Course Waterfront Construction Competition," said JF Brandon, part of Dshape. "We are thrilled to have our ideas recognized by the City, and we hope that our proposal will impact the waterfront for years to come."
The Change the Course NYC Waterfront Competition was comprised of two phases. Phase I consisted of a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) issued in the fall of 2012. All RFEI responses were evaluated using the submission requirements and selection criteria outlined in the RFEI. A numbers of finalists were selected to participate in Phase II, which was launched in January 2013 and asked for responses to NYCEDC’s Request for Proposals (RFP). Respondents to the RFP expanded on their initial proposals to address critical factors that drive the cost and duration of maritime construction in New York City and practical solutions to offset those factors. The winners were selected by NYCEDC, which received guidance throughout the competition from an advisory committee comprised of industry experts and community stakeholders.
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