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Resiliency Project Addressing Sea Level Rise and Storm Damage Advances in Lower Manhattan

Leading firms in construction, infrastructure, design, and engineering team up to design and build a coastal flood risk management system for Battery Park City Authority

Posted on February 15, 2023

A progressive design-build team comprised of a Turner Construction Company and E.E. Cruz joint venture, along with Arcadis, the Bjark Ingels Group (BIG), Scape Landscape Architecture and WSP was selected by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) for its North/West Resiliency Project. The North/West Resiliency Project aims to expand and enhance Battery Park City public spaces while creating vital protection for the neighborhood against rising sea levels and increased storm intensity.

The North/West Battery Park City Resiliency Project is the largest coastal resiliency project developed by BPCA and will address the impacts of sea level rise and the risk of storm damage.

Under a Progressive Design-Build (PDB) delivery model, the project team will engineer and build approximately 8,000 linear feet of flood and seepage barriers, and interior drainage improvements all the while protecting and enhancing landscapes and parkland. The BPCA has already engaged the community in the planning for the enhanced resiliency of the 92-acre neighborhood on the Hudson River, and the PDB delivery model will enable the BPCA and the design-build team to invite and incorporate further community input on the design as it is developed to ensure that the public is part of the process as it progresses.

The PDB team is committed to efficient design and construction methods that will minimize impacts on the public during construction and result in an enduring landscape for Battery Park City that both embraces its current pastoral landscape and preserves and sustains its magnificence well into the future. The PDB team will also ensure that the final product is sustainable, reliable, and easy to maintain.

“Strengthening the resilience of Battery Park City and surrounding areas through a world-class solution that addresses storm surges, rising sea levels, and the threat of climate change will have a profound, positive impact on this vibrant community and much of lower Manhattan,” said Charlie Whitney, Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company.

“The Progressive Design-Build approach will provide opportunities for interaction and collaboration among the Authority and the community with the design-build team throughout the project, as we work together to protect and enhance this beautiful and vibrant community,” said Joe Sheehan, President, E.E. Cruz & Co. Inc.

“Arcadis is proud to support the Battery Park City Authority with this transformative resiliency project that protects residents and the people of Lower Manhattan from future storms while also respecting and evolving the world-class open space and waterfront that is fundamental to the neighborhood’s identity,” said Peter Glus, North American Growth Director, Arcadis.

About Turner Construction Company

Turner is an international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient and resilient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of US $15 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, an engineering-led global infrastructure group. For more information, please visit

About E.E. Cruz & Co. Inc.

E.E. Cruz & Co. Inc. is a Flatiron subsidiary specializing in heavy civil construction throughout the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area. E.E. Cruz has grown steadily from working on utility and highway projects to completing complex and challenging transportation, infrastructure, deep foundation, bridge and geotechnical projects. For more information, please visit

About Flatiron

Flatiron is the trusted partner to deliver innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges across the U.S. and Canada. Flatiron collaborates with public and private clients to deliver heavy civil infrastructure—including highways and bridges; aviation, rail and transit; dams and water treatment facilities; and underground projects. For more on how Flatiron is transforming infrastructure, visit Flatiron is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, an engineering-led global infrastructure group.

About Arcadis

Arcadis is the leading global design & consultancy organization for natural and built assets. We maximize impact for our clients and the communities they serve by providing effective solutions through sustainable outcomes, focus and scale, and digitalization. We are 29,000 people, active in more than 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

About BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG is a Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona and Shenzhen based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

About WSP

WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 12,000 employees in 200 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

About Scape

SCAPE is a design-driven landscape architecture and urban design studio based in New York and New Orleans. We believe landscape architecture can enable positive change in communities through the creation of regenerative living infrastructure and public landscapes. We work to integrate natural cycles and systems into environments across all scales, from the urban pocket-park to the regional ecological plan.


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