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Pier 26

New York, NY

Jutting out into the Hudson River, this new public park features a lawn, a sports court with stadium-style seating, and two sheds that are modern interpretation of gazebos. This project also constructed a 15,000 sf elevated artificial wetland on a concrete platform that in turn sits on 36 steel piles.

Two cantilevering walkways converge to form a platform at the pier’s west end. One of Silman’s key project goals was controlling deflections and vibrations along these paths, which rest on a pile-supported pier that is subject to river currents. A second walkway descends into the wetland to educate visitors about the local ecology.

The project’s marine environment made material selection and detailing critical to avoid corrosion. Silman used weathering steel to minimize the impact of the river environment on the structure. The firm’s engineers also overcame challenges related to coordination of existing conditions, multiple trades (precast concrete, piles, steel framing, park structures and finishes), and sequenced installation.

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