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See Pics of the New Flood-Proof, Prefab Beach Buildings NYC Plans to Roll Out This Summer

by , 03/12/13

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When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the lifeguard stations and public bathrooms on many of New York City’s beaches, the city found itself in a bind. How could it rebuild these necessary facilities in time for the summer of 2013? To answer that question, officials turned to architect Jim Garrison, who has been designing buildings for the city for over three decades, and luckily, his firm was ready to jump into the fray and design more than 50 beach structures for a scheduled opening on Memorial Day. The resulting facilities will be flood-resistant, sustainably-built, modular and prefab (not to mention nifty-looking).



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Garrison’s beach offices, lifeguard stations and public bathrooms (called “comfort stations” in city parlance) are not only elevated above the newly updated FEMA storm surge levels, but they’re net-zero energy too – with solar hot water heating, skylight ventilators and photovoltaic panels for electricity. The landscaping around these structures will be eco-friendly too, since they’ll be set upon reinstated sand dunes that will help protect the shoreline.

The buildings will be built off-site in a factory, then set onto support structures that will be tailored for the individual sites in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island. And they’ll be a welcome addition to what is currently only a handful of modular buildings in the city, helping to establish modular construction as a viable way of addressing the city’s frequently changing needs. See more of Garrison Architects’ prefab and modular work at their website.

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7 Comments

  1. johnnie bb April 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Ugliest most rediculous bathroom design ever! They look like a bad sci-fi movie robots coming on the beach to destroy the mankind! do we have to hope for another hurricane to take them down?

  2. a_odry April 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The buildings are good and comfortable as soon as they are far from any residential area. But the same constructions are absolutely ugly in a front of your windows, in a 20 feet from your kitchen and dining room.
    Very sad that this project never been adjusted to the area it’s built. It’s a huge mistake of unprofessional leadership of NY department of Parks & Recreation.

  3. calebcrawford April 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    one of the things they have at coney island are shaded sitting areas on the edge of the boardwalk overlooking the beach. these designs would benefit from making use of the space below the pods.

  4. calebcrawford April 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    ever been in the rest rooms at coney island? they could only benefit from flooding. yech!

  5. krisanne.baker.9 March 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Every beach I’ve ever visited that has sanitation facilities are located slightly inland.
    To put these sy-fy pods on the beach is an insult to the environment –
    green designs? love the solar, etc. but what about the sanitation part?
    that has the most impact on any beach in terms of use.

    or are these only for changing and making one’s self beautiful before beaching it?
    There is no mention of toilets . . . are they composting toilets? I certainly hope so.
    People need to take a hike to the facility.

    Regardless, we are supposed to be changing our practices in terms of how we treat the environment – based on the idea of gracefully withdrawing and allowing the sea her rightful place, this is not good.

  6. english cheese man March 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Seems nice.

  7. Paulo Andrés Montes March 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

    ACHEI EXCELENTE A UTILIZAÇÃO DE UMA RAMPA, ALÉM DA ESCADA, PORQUE ELA PODE SER MUITO FACILMENTE TRANSITADA POR TODO TIPO DE PESSOA, SENDO OU NÃO UMA PESSOA COM NECESSIDADES ESPECIAIS (COMO EU, MOBILIDADE REDUZIDA);