Brooklyn’s Coney Island Boardwalk is now home to the brand new LEED-seeking Ford Amphitheater. The ambitious project saw the beloved Child’s Building transformed into a 5,000-seat, semi-outdoor event space and concert venue complete with multiple resilient features designed to withstand the effects of future super storms like Hurricane Sandy.
Although the new venue has already piqued the interest of music lovers, the adaptive reuse strategy behind the project is what’s music to our ears. Using lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, the construction team equipped the structure with a number of resilient features such as the ability to accommodate unavoidable flood water levels without causing too much damage to the structure. Additionally, mold-proof insulation was used in the building’s pipes. Even the simple idea to move electrical outlets up higher will help prevent electrical issues caused by flooding.
Coney Island itself is a beloved area and with opening of the new ampitheater, developers and local officials are hoping to boost the boardwalk’s bustling charm even more. “We’re continuing to invest in Coney Island as both a dynamic residential community and a destination for visitors from across the city and around the world,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The opening of this world class amphitheater is just the latest milestone in our ongoing commitment to a thriving Coney Island, with new affordable housing, open space and even more good jobs on the way.”
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