East River Waterfront Esplanade / ECO Park at Pier 35, New York City.
This unique project featured the fabrication of (30) large, custom shaped precast concrete blocks weighing as much as 118,000-lbs each. Fabricated in Fort Miller’s Easton, NY facility, these blocks were eventually delivered to the east side of Manhattan and submerged in the East River to create an artificial habitat designed to promote river ecology. Once assembled, the precast block assembly created a 66-ft long concrete bed called “Mussel Beach”. The precast blocks incorporate sloped surfaces, special textures, and meticulously placed rocks attached to the concrete that attract mussels. Fort Miller delivered the precast blocks via flatbed trailer to the Port of Coeymans where they were placed on a barge and delivered approximately 120-miles south to the project site.
Contractor: EIC Associates, Inc.
Engineer: Ocean and Coastal Consultants