Photo by Andrew Rugge / Arch Photo
Photo by Andrew Rugge / Arch Photo

Among the many structures destroyed by Superstorm Sandy were dozens of public lifeguard and comfort stations at several New York City beaches. This $106-million project consisted of the design and deployment of 35 steel-framed, waterproof modular structures to 15 sites in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island within a five-month period.

To meet this aggressive schedule, each building was constructed as a factory-assembled module. A flexible design accommodates various interior arrangements, including comfort and lifeguard stations. The modules, which are generally arranged in pairs, are connected by a series of fully ADA-compliant ramps and stairs, providing access to and from the beach and boardwalk.

In addition, each module includes photovoltaic roof arrays and solar water heating; each module also is net-metered to the electrical grid to offset energy use. One judge said, "I liked the global solution [the project team] came up with to address constructibility as well as flooding requirements."

Submitted by Garrison Architects

Owner NYC Dept. of Parks & Restoration; NYC Dept. of Design & Construction

Architect Garrison Architects

Construction Manager Jacobs Project Management Co.

General Contractor Triton Structural Concrete Inc.

Engineers Anastos Engineering; McLaren Engineering; Plus Group

Landscape Architect Mathews Nielson Landscape Architects

Graphic Designer Pentagram

Modular Component Contractor Delux Building Systems