On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, October 29th, the reconstruction of Rockaway Beach with modular beach structures will be celebrated as New York City’s Archtober Building of the Day.
At least 35 pre-fabricated boxy structures are being built throughout the beach. After one year, $140 million dollars and thousands of man-hours, Rockaway beach will finally come back to life after being devastated by the hurricane last year. The steel framed modular boxes meet the flood zone requirements and will provide comfort to visitors. They will have bathrooms and serve as lifeguard stations. The structures will also be elevated seven to fourteen feet above ground level to prevent future storm destruction.
The only bad thing is that people from the community don’t look too happy with the look of the new structures, which cost $4 million each. Kind of pricey! They say they look like trailers and the community opinions about the design were never asked. Some others think they look modern and futuristic. However, they are happy with the look of the areas around the structures and agree that the project will help to revive Rockaway.
The structures are made of stainless steel to prevent damage from saltwater. The facilities are very sustainable and are equipped with solar panels to help generate electricity, skylights to capture natural sunlight and ventilation coming from the water. They were designed by Garrison Architects from Brooklyn. The architects hope the new structures project can serve as a model to other cities in the world that are victims of natural disasters.
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