MTA Flood Mitigation
Marvel was commissioned by the MTA to design a modular grate system for five miles of streets in three flood-prone areas of Queens that would simultaneously protect the subway from flash flooding, enhance the streetscape and be easy to relocate and assemble as needed.
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The project takes advantage of its highly visible location as part of the streetscape to accomplish its functional goal while raising public awareness of the flooding problem. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
STREET CROSS SECTION ILLUSTRATING FLOODING FROM A 100 YEAR STORM
The design team’s innovative design features a permanent sub-grate which fits within existing ventilation openings and attaches to the flood protection piece.
Raised Grate Exploded View
The design team’s innovative design features a permanent sub-grate which fits within existing ventilation openings and attaches to the flood barrier above.
A wave pattern adds visual interest to the urban landscape and marks the minute topographical distinctions that shape varied depths of expected flooding. ©Travis Huggett
Nearly 800 modules have been installed in the first phase of construction with additional locations now under study throughout the city. ©David Sundberg/ESTO