Governors Island Park and Public Space

Daylight view of Governors Island Park’s outdoor playground featuring three slides, trees, climbing steps, and a bench, all populated by adults and children

Team

Architect

West 8, w/Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Rogers Marvel Architects; Diller Scofidio+Renfro

Contractor

Turner Construction Company

Stats

PROJECT TYPE

Park/Public Space

COMPLETION

2016

PROJECT SIZE

119 acres

MKA ROLE

Civil Engineer

New York, NY

Governors Island Park and Public Space

This iconic public park includes over 40 acres of groves, hills, and playfields in the heart of New York Harbor. MKA provided civil engineering underpinnings and storm drain design for this site’s complex “transformation through topography,” as envisioned by the landscape architect.  The civil site design imported 500,000 yds³ of soil to create hills as tall as 70 ft and some with near-vertical slopes, while 3D modeling calculated gently sloping paths providing universal accessibility for all visitors.
Governors Island Park and Public Space
Governors Island Park and Public Space
Daylight view of Governors Island Park’s outdoor playground featuring three slides, trees, climbing steps, and a bench, all populated by adults and children
Governors Island Park and Public Space
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Governors Island Park and Public Space
Governors Island Park and Public Space
Governors Island Park and Public Space

Awards

2018 Gold Award, Special Projects - Engineering Excellence Award - American Council of Engineering Companies - Washington Chapter

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