MTA Flood Mitigation

MTA Flood Mitigation

MTA Flood Mitigation

Marvel was commissioned by the MTA to design a modular grate system for five miles of streets in three flood-prone areas of Queens that would simultaneously protect the subway from flash flooding, enhance the streetscape and be easy to relocate and assemble as needed.


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The Challenge
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The project takes advantage of its highly visible location as part of the streetscape to accomplish its functional goal while raising public awareness of the flooding problem. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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STREET CROSS SECTION ILLUSTRATING FLOODING FROM A 100 YEAR STORM
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Street Diagram
The design team’s innovative design features a permanent sub-grate which fits within existing ventilation openings and attaches to the flood protection piece.
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Concept Renderings
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Raised Grate Exploded View
The design team’s innovative design features a permanent sub-grate which fits within existing ventilation openings and attaches to the flood barrier above.
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A wave pattern adds visual interest to the urban landscape and marks the minute topographical distinctions that shape varied depths of expected flooding. ©Travis Huggett
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Nearly 800 modules have been installed in the first phase of construction with additional locations now under study throughout the city. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
Year
2007
Location
Queens, New York
Client
Metropolitan Transporation Authority
Typology
Master planning, Infrastructure, Transportation
Size
5 Miles SF
Consultants
di Domenico & Partners
Awards
AIA NY State Design Citation, AIA TriState Citation for Design, AIA NYC Award of Merit, I.D. Design Review
Photography Credits
David Sundberg/Esto, Travis Huggett
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