Project Management

Recent and Ongoing Project Management projects and clients include:

Newtown Creek Wetland Frames project

Credit: Google Map

Credit: Google Map

The project proposes to install small planted “window boxes” along bulkheads in Newtown Creek to increase the habitat value of bulkheads. As designed by Professor Sarah Durand of LaGuardia Community College, the goal of the project is to test and assess the viability of these small “pocket wetlands” by understanding their relationship with the Newtown Creek environment. The installations will be placed in various arrangements on bulkheads in the intertidal zone so that they can be inundated daily by the rising tide. Periodic monitoring of soil and plant life in the frames will enable the community to better understand the viability of more and potentially larger installations in this area and on bulkheads elsewhere.  The buckets shown below are part of a Phase 1 effort to better understand the viability of various plant species at different elevations. The first five semi-permanent frames are currently being fabricated.

The project is one of the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Projects announced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Attorney General’s Office in April 2011. Our client is the City Parks Foundation.

 

Professor and Project Lead Sarah Durand talks about habitat enhancement opportunities along Newtown Creek bulkheads with representatives from North Brooklyn Boat Club and the City Parks Foundation.

Professor and Project Lead Sarah Durand talks about habitat enhancement opportunities along Newtown Creek bulkheads with representatives from North Brooklyn Boat Club and the City Parks Foundation.

As part of the Phase 1 installation we are looking to understand at what elevation in the intertidal zone a variety of marsh grass species can survive and hopefully thrive. Obviously along bulkheads the intertidal zone doesn't really exist, hence the suspension of these planted buckets at different heights above Mean Low Water.

As part of the Phase 1 installation we are looking to understand at what elevation in the intertidal zone a variety of marsh grass species can survive and hopefully thrive. Obviously along bulkheads the intertidal zone doesn’t really exist, hence the suspension of these planted buckets at different heights above Mean Low Water.

Post-Sandy Survey and Report

+3 sandy 5bIn early 2013 the Consulate General for the Netherlands in New York hired Outside New York to identify areas for potential future collaboration with communities in New York and New Jersey in regards to water management, storm resiliency, and waterfront community development.  Outside New York provided services for this project including research, policy analysis, partnership exploration, and multiple deliverables.  Over the winter and spring we worked to:

  •  Draft a report on impacts to water, housing, energy, communications, and transportation sectors from Superstorm Sandy;
  •  Analyze federal legislation that is guiding the up to $60 billion in public funds allocated towards the recovery;
  • Develop a regionwide framework of potential collaborations between Dutch businesses and NY+NJ stakeholders, including community, academic, government, and private sector partners.
  • Produce a set of communications tools including a comprehensive and illustrated report, fact sheets, SWOT analysis, maps, report document and powerpoint presentations;
  • Establish and strengthen connections between academic, business, community, and government stakeholders from the Netherlands and New York and Jersey.

At the conclusion of the project we were invited to the Netherlands to make a presentation at their National Ministry of Foreign Affairs located in The Hague.

EcoDock Rehabilitation and Enhancement

eco dock rehab, on landOutside New York was contracted by the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School to oversee and coordinate the Rehabilitation and Enhancement of the School’s “Oyster Dock.”  Tasks for this project included:

  •   Work with school staff and partners to develop a scope for the work
  •  Draft and gain approval of Requests for Bids for Naval Architecture/ Marine Engineering Services as well as Metal Reconditioning and Repair
  • Transportation of the dock to and from Governors Island
  • Enlist other labor and support services as needed
  • Administer the Contract with the New York State Department of State including quarterly filings as well as Scope approval and certifications of completeness of the work

Vendors who provided the services for this project included Brooklyn Boat Works, Ken’s Booming and Boat Service, Marine Design Dynamics, Miller’s Launch; and Union Dry Dock.  The project is being funded by the New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources and the New York Harbor Foundation.

eco dock rehab, with view of harboreco dock rehab, rusty

eco dock rehab, metal soder

For more projects and programs, see Specialty Areas

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