Flood-Proof Buildings Replace Lifeguard Stands After Hurricane Sandy
Garrison Architects' flood-resistant, modular structures will be installed along the beaches of Coney Island, Staten Island, and Rockaway Beach.
Architect Jim Garrison was given a pretty straightforward brief from the City of New York: rebuild and rebuild fast. Garrison was commissioned to replace the 50 lifeguard stands and beach-side buildings that were completely wiped away by Hurricane Sandy last October. Not only that, but the new buildings had to be ready to open on Coney Island, Rockaway and Staten Island by Memorial Day 2013.
Garrison and his team at Garrison Architects worked 16 hour days to come up with the design for the new flood resistant, eco-friendly zero energy modular units. The buildings will use photovoltaics, solar hot water heating, and skylight ventilation as well incorporate the boardwalks torn up by Sandy as wooden siding. Taking into account new FEMA guidelines, the structures will stand above the storm surge levels to ensure safety during the next storm.