The Breezy Point Home Elevation Study was awarded the 2016 Honor Award in Category 4: Outstanding Technical Plan or Study by the Federal Planning Division (FPD) of the American Planning Association (APA).
Part of New York City’s waterfront and a short distance from bustling Manhattan, the ~2,800-home beach community of Breezy Point is located on the Rockaway Peninsula, bounded by Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Breezy Point community was in need of a sustainable and resilient urban planning framework that would integrate individual home raising efforts while preserving the community’s unique architectural character.
Louis Berger took an innovative, holistic approach to raising homes above base flood elevation levels, focusing equally on architectural quality, design guidelines and sustainable community-based urbanism. The first study of its type to merge architecture and urbanism, the Breezy Point Home Elevation Study considers the pedestrian experience in the public realm, examining the potential impact of architectural standards on street character after elevating the homes.
The study includes results from visual exploratory research, enabling homeowners to evaluate the impact of design decisions on narrow, pedestrian-only streets as well as on the architectural character of their neighborhood – a study model so far unprecedented in this type of report. The methodology created for the study is transferable and will be useful to many other communities facing continuous flooding conditions.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the auspices of the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and the New York State Dormitory Authority, the study emphasizes resilient, sustainable architecture and urban design.
Each year, the APA Federal Planning division recognizes outstanding planning and land management projects sponsored. The award was presented at the Federal Planning Division Annual Awards Dinner on May 4, 2017, in New York, N.Y.