The Gerald J. Carey Gardens development includes three existing high-rise residential buildings on three adjacent city blocks in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The fifteen-story buildings have a total of 682 apartments. One of the residential towers shares a lot with a Community Center, which houses assembly spaces, classrooms, and a child care center.
Though the buildings systems had survived previous storms, the Superstorm Sandy tidal surge caused unprecedented damage. The first floor spaces of all three towers and the community center were flooded by several feet of water, and the mechanical and electrical systems were significantly damaged. Boilers and many critical systems were permanently destroyed. The development is still currently served by temporary boilers and equipment several years after the event.
We conducted a comprehensive renovation of the buildings including the addition of a new elevated boiler plant and utilities system. A new elevated community center will also double as a command center during adverse events. Further improvements to stormwater management, landscaping, security, and site lighting are being made. Construction is underway.