Delivering the high-visibility project on time and on
budget hinged on “the incredible collaboration between all of the involved government agencies,” says
Ms. Sage. The major stakeholders—or the “
three-headed client,” as Ms. Sage calls them—were the
city’s Mayor’s Office, Department of Design and Construction, and Department of Parks and Recreation.
Consulting agencies with jurisdiction over approvals
included the city’s Department of Buildings, Public
Design Commission and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“During those six months, entire teams at each
agency were dedicated to this project and nothing
else,” Ms. Sage says. Workflows were created so that
as soon as the project team, led by Sage and Coombe
project manager Kit Yan, finished one aspect, a team
member from another agency took it to New York’s
City Hall for approval, while the firm’s project team
focused on the next phase. From about halfway
through the project, construction crews worked
double and even triple shifts.
Scrap and Save
Originally, it was assumed that the bleachers would be made using recycled plastic lumber. But, again,
to avoid a long approval and manufacturing process, Mr. Yan says, the project team opted for something better: reusing salvaged boardwalk that had been tossed around by Hurricane Sandy.
“We just hadn’t thought through the potential to reuse,” Mr. Yan says. “From a sustainability standpoint, it made the most sense, and it saved us a couple of months.” The project change also echoed
the overall design theme: post-Sandy resiliency.
The design called for aluminum
handrails to run along the edge
of each boardwalk and bleacher
section. Because of the amount
of metal these handrails
required, Mr. Yan figured they’d
have to outsource the job to a
“But it was going to take
months to have the work
manufactured and shipped in,”
he says. So he found a local
fabricator who was able to do
the job in half the time. “He
came out right away, took
measurements, already knew
the design and got going as
soon as the concrete was set,”
Mr. Yan says. PM