DHM Design worked with the National Park Service to complete preliminary, schematic design, and construction documents for new maintenance facilities at both Sandy Hook and Staten Island Units within the Gateway National Recreation Area. The team evaluated all of the existing maintenance facilities on both units and reviewed their damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The ultimate goal of these projects was to relocate all maintenance facilities to sustainable and resilient locations within their units to ensure that the facilities remain in full operational capacity in the event of another natural disaster. Disturbed and damaged open space areas will be restored with a combination of native seed, trees, and shrubs.
Living Shorelines utilizes a suite of bank stabilization and habitat restoration techniques to reinforce the shoreline, minimize coastal erosion, and maintain coastal processes while protecting, restoring, enhancing, and creating natural habitat for fish and aquatic plants and wildlife see conceptual design. The National Park Service undertook an initiative to restore the shoreline at West Pond, which is a 40-acre site along the western side of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens and Brooklyn Counties, New York. This project will restore wetland habitat, stabilize the shoreline and function as a sustainable living shoreline. This project will consider the ecological importance and the enhancement of shoreline habitats in the nearshore area as well as address the biological and physical processes in maintaining healthy ecosystems along the shoreline.