The next phase of work to restore Rockaway Beach is to complete the design of and build a more resilient boardwalk, dunes, access points, and other protective structures.
After Hurricane Sandy, more than $140 million was invested to repair and restore Rockaway Beach. As part of this work, led by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the NYC Department of Design and Construction, intact sections of boardwalk were repaired, damaged beach buildings were renovated with new boardwalk islands constructed around them, public restrooms and lifeguard stations were installed to replace destroyed facilities, and interim shoreline protection and anti-erosion measures were created.
Even with a successful beach season and a better-protected peninsula, the recovery of Rockaway Beach is only beginning. NYCEDC is now working with the Rockaway community, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a second phase of improvements that will provide more long-term protection for Rockaway. Among these improvements are the construction of a new, more resilient boardwalk that features various coastal protection structures such as a sand retaining wall, a dune “betterment” which will increase the overall height of the Army Corps dune, sand infill underneath the new boardwalk, dune plantings, and other sand retention measures. With elevated, steel-reinforced concrete and multiple layers of protection, including approximately six miles of retaining walls and planted dunes, the design is being rethought to make it sturdier and better able to withstand future hurricanes.
For construction updates, community meeting information, presentation downloads, and all other inquiries regarding the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction Project, check the dedicated NYC Parks website.
NYCEDC released a second request for qualifications (“SRFQ”) on March 7, 2014 to supplement the original RFQ. The SRFQ, included six new types (in bold in the chart below) of construction trades in addition to the original construction contractors from the first RFQ.
|Site Work||Site Fencing/Removals|
|Pile Driving||Precast Concrete|
|Structural Steel||General Contractors|
In September 2013, NYCEDC released a request for qualifications for the Rockaway project, where firms were asked to submit a statement of qualification that indicated their understanding of the scope, general approach, team, staff, and relevant experience in the following trades:
At this time, the RFQ deadline has passed and firms have been selected. The construction management company will issue a series of requests for proposals to the prequalified firms that responded to the RFQ. There are still opportunities available in the second-tier, subcontractor level. View the list of prequalified firms and network to learn more about the subcontracting opportunities available.
This project has an M/WBE participation goal. M/WBE firms participating on this project must be certified by the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
This project is funded with federal funds through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s mandate is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities. As such, one of the contractual requirements will be Section 3 compliance.
The HUD Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for very low to low income NYC residents in connection with projects and activities in NYC.
Learn more about Section 3 and the Rockaway Boardwalk requirements by reviewing the following documents: