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Gantry Plaza State Park (Queens West, Stage II)

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1 Mio. – 100 Mio.
Queens West Development
Sowinski Sullivan Architects, Philip Habib and Associates, Wesler Cohen and Associates, Halcrow, Thompson + Sears, Russell Design Associates, VJ Associates, AKRF

ABB led a team of ten design, engineering, and environmental professionals from the site investigation/pre-schematic design phase through construction administration. The project included the development of marine structures, public streets and utilities, and a total of nine acres of parkland. The design for marine structures included reconstruction of existing bulkheads, new relieving platforms, and enhancement of an existing cove.

The park design includes a continuous waterfront esplanade that totals 2,100 linear feet, an 8,000 SF children’s play area, large central lawn area, a naturalized area with seating platforms that overlook the created cove wetlands, and a community garden with an arbor and trellis. Passive spaces were designed to afford disparate uses and varying numbers of park users with a variety of seating options: a raised overlook with hammocks, Adirondack-style chairs on raised wood decks in the naturalized area, chaise lounges, individual chairs and various types of benches along the esplanade, movable café-style tables and chairs at the vendor kiosk, and informal block seats within the central green landform that look out across the East River to the Manhattan skyline. The design for the inland park includes a 40,000 SF multi-purpose synthetic turf field with built-in spectator seating, restrooms, a picnic grove, and an adjacent open lawn area. Several architectural elements support park functions, including the vendor kiosk, a garden storage shed, and two entry structures with integrated informational and wayfinding signage.

A significant aspect of the project was the incorporation of sustainable design strategies. Early in the project the design team conducted feasibility studies on the use of green materials and alternative energy options for the project including wind turbines, photovoltaics, and geothermal wells. These studies led to the inclusion of photovoltaic systems on the park buildings, the integration of a demonstration grey water system, and the use of concrete pavers that contain recycled glass aggregate.

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