The Battery Coastal Resilience Achieves Platinum Envision Status

Prestigious award highlights commitment to sustainable construction practices.

June 06, 2024

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The Battery Coastal Resilience Project, a crucial segment of the broader Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) Project, has received prestigious recognition by achieving an Envision Platinum Award. As part of the coordinated efforts to enhance Lower Manhattan's defenses against flooding and sea level rise, this accolade acknowledges the advanced sustainable design and construction practices planned for reconstructing the deteriorating wharf along Battery Park.

The Battery, a historic landmark cherished by both New Yorkers and visitors, features open spaces, vibrant gardens, and a legacy of adaptive resilience. The project’s design encompasses raising the wharf promenade to safeguard against projected sea level rise. The enhancements will include the installation of salt-tolerant trees and plantings, an upgraded drainage system, and permeable pavers. These upgrades aim to preserve the park’s character while confirming its sustainability and resilience against future climate events.

The Platinum Envision award signifies the highest level of achievement in sustainable infrastructure, recognizing the project's commitment to environmental and social responsibility. This achievement is measured through Envision credits, a point system that evaluates a project's performance across five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Resilience.

VHB, in close collaboration with Hunter Roberts Construction Group—the general contractor for this project—crafted the Envision Implementation Plan during the pre-construction phase. This comprehensive plan delineates the steps required to meet the stringent credits essential for achieving the Platinum status and was crucial to showcasing the project’s commitment beyond just the design to include sustainable practices throughout its construction. With construction in full swing, VHB is actively engaged with Hunter Roberts to confirm adherence to the implementation plan. VHB conducts regular progress meetings, onboards subcontractors, and provides ongoing guidance to maintain alignment with Envision standards.

From pre-construction through construction, the team has worked closely with Battery Park authorities and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to maintain as much access to the waterfront as possible, confirming minimal disruption to the ferry line and overall public access. Efforts are also underway to salvage deconstructed materials, repurposing them in the reconstruction process. This approach not only reduces waste but also promotes resource efficiency.

"Visiting the site and witnessing the salvaging process firsthand was incredibly inspiring," said Grace Belisle, PE, Project Engineer. "Seeing the commitment of our team and partners to repurpose materials not only aligns with our sustainability goals but also showcases our innovative construction approach. It's a reminder of the positive impact our collective efforts can have on the environment."

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"Achieving Platinum Envision status for The Battery Coastal Resilience Project is a testament to the proactive planning and collaborative effort from all involved,” said Ryan Prime, Sustainability Practice Leader. “Each aspect of the project was evaluated with deliberate intention, emphasizing sustainability. This project safeguards Lower Manhattan while also providing a day-to-day public asset for all to enjoy and setting a benchmark for urban resilience."

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