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2012 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2012

Muscota Marsh Wetland Restoration

Muscota Marsh Wetland Restoration Muscota Marsh Wetland Restoration Muscota Marsh Wetland Restoration



Spuyten Duyvil Creek, West 218th Street and Indian Road, Manhattan 
A Project of the Department of Parks & Recreation and Columbia University 
James Corner Field Operations

Building on the site’s latent ecology, this wetland restoration reintroduces salt marsh and freshwater wetland zones with a diverse palette of native plants. This environment attracts ribbed mussels, leopard frogs, herons, and egrets, which together contribute to a healthy, self-sustaining ecosystem. A domestic wood boardwalk wraps the edge of the wetland, so visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the naturalized river bank.

Design Team

James Corner Field Operations
James Corner, Principal; Lisa Switkin, Associate Partner/Managing Director; Ellen Neises, Associate Partner; Karen Tamir, Senior Associate; Isabel Castilla, Associate; Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Associate; Grace Tang, Associate

eDesign Dynamics
Eric Rothstein, Managing Partner; Anusree Sreekumar, Project Engineer

Langan Engineering
Chris Vitolano, Vice President; Michael Nilson, Project Engineer; Thomas Devaney, Senior Environmental Planner; Garichel Sosa, Staff Engineer

Halcrow Yolles
Pierre Desautels, Principal/Vice President; Andy Chan, Associate

Brandston Partnership
Scott Matthews, Partner

Skanska USA Building
Christopher Cestone, Senior Vice President, Account Manager; Christopher Viola, Project Executive; Sharvil Patel, Project Manager; Nadi Feghali, Project Manager; James Siefert, Superintendent

Department of Parks & Recreation
Veronica M. White, Commissioner; Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects; Joshua Laird, former Assistant Commissioner for Planning & Parklands; William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner; Nancy Prince RLA, Deputy Chief of Design; Amie Uhrynowski, Design Commission Liaison; Gustavo Frindt RLA, Senior Designer, Capital Projects; Nicholas Molinari, Director of Planning; Andrea Vannelli, Project Manager; Jennifer M. Hoppa, Administrator of Northern Manhattan Parks; Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands Restoration; Michael J. Feller, Chief Naturalist; Tim Wenskus, Special Projects Manager

Columbia University
Joseph A. Ienuso, Executive Vice President of Facilities; La-Verna J. Fountain, Vice President for Construction Business Services and Communications; Joseph A. Mannino, Vice President, Capital Project Management; Michael T. Iorii, Associate Director, Capital Project Management; Maria V. Bootsma, Project Manager, Capital Project Management