Hurricane Sandy Emergency Services

Hurricane Sandy Emergency Services photo

New York City Housing Authority


Ronnette Riley Architects


Staten Island, NY




Emergency Damage Assessments

Scope Definition

Cost Estimates

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering

Construction Support Services

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, areas of New York were declared eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The post-storm survey done by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) showed that over 400 buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, housing roughly 80,000 residents, were significantly affected. Of the 423 residential buildings damaged by the storm; 402 lost power, resulting in loss of elevators and compactor services; 386 buildings lost heat and hot water. In order to re-establish the buildings to pre-storm condition, NYCHA required a complete assessment of the extent of damages and to develop plans and specifications for the needed repairs.

An example of this effort involved the design for the Walt Whitman Houses Boiler Relocation in Brooklyn which initially called for the replacement of four 600-HP gas/oil boilers, burners and related controls and equipment. Since the replacement equipment was larger than the original units, two of the new boilers had to be relocated to a new boiler room converted from an adjacent room that was originally a coal bunker. This is a $3 M project involving mitigation design, HUD and familiarity with regulations and requirements.

Under a subcontract with Ronnette Riley Architects, CSA completed emergency surveys and assessments of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for five public housing developments. These developments included a total of 57 Buildings and 4,525 units. CSA Group pulled together a significant number of employees from its NYC and other offices to mobilize a team of 29 engineers in 10 days. In an efficient team approach, the initial surveys and reports were all completed for NYCHA within 22 days.

The findings and evaluation of all systems were presented along with an order of magnitude estimate for the recommended repairs and mitigation measures. The reports provided the basis of design and scope definition for a Design/Build project funded in part by FEMA. The second phase of this engagement included the design for the repairs, based on the assessments.

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