Today, the Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan received $50 million in funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program—one of just three projects selected for the maximum award amount in the U.S. The plan addresses critical climate adaptation issues in Lower Manhattan, proposing a publicly-accessible, multi-level waterfront that seamlessly conceals flood protection infrastructure.
The announcement came via Vice President Kamala Harris, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. President Biden recently raised the funding available through BRIC to $2.3 billion, partially through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Congratulations to our client team, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR), and the full design team, which includes Arcadis (Prime), One Architecture & Urbanism (ONE), Sam Schwartz Engineering, Matrix New World, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, Inc., BJH Advisors, Karp Strategies, AKRF, Inc., and Sive Paget Riesel.