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Governors Island

Redeveloping an island in the New York Harbor

Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is 800 yards from Lower Manhattan but seems like worlds apart from the frenetic city pace. 

For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base – home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the public. In April 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson reached an agreement on the future of Governors Island. The City of New York is now responsible for the operations, planning and redevelopment of the Island and WB has been helping to make this project happen. We worked with The Trust for Governors Island, Turner Construction and the National Park Service as well as business, community and civic groups to implement new ideas for development. The overall project goal is to enhance the island’s role as an integral part of New York City and the surrounding region.

One of our projects on the island was to design for the overhaul the outdated drainage system that conveys runoff from the interior of the island via 32,000 LF of piping to the degraded seawall and into the harbor. We analyzed the condition of stormwater systems and provided financially viable design solutions to identified problems. From there we oversaw the installation of proposed plans.

Beyond the overhaul of the drainage system, we designed utility improvements related to the water mains on the island, and evaluated the condition of the existing 25,000 LF of sanitary sewers. We identified instances of damaged pipeline that needed to be repaired or replaced and designed the replacement.

Our ongoing work includes the redesign of the perimeter roadway.

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Project Services

Civil Engineering

Designed the systems on the ground and down, which includes storm water, utility systems, sewer mains, pump stations, wastewater treatment plants, and roadways.