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2011 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2011

Construction of Riverside Park South, Phase V

Construction of Riverside Park South, Phase V Construction of Riverside Park South, Phase V Construction of Riverside Park South, Phase V



West 59th Street to West 70th Street, Manhattan
A Project of the Department of Parks & Recreation and Extell Development Company
Thomas Balsley Associates
Sage and Coombe Architects

The fifth segment of the 26-acre park master plan establishes an upland connection to the completed waterfront park by way of three formal entry plazas, as well as accessible walkways and bike paths that traverse the steep terrain. Replete with amenities ranging from an interactive mist fountain to a climbing playground, this segment also includes two shade structures and a café. The café is clad in colorful translucent resin and metal panels perforated with a pattern derived from the Morse code translation of the iconic opening lines of Woody Allen's 1979 film Manhattan.

Design Team

Thomas Balsley Associates
Thomas Balsley, Lead Designer; Michael Koontz, Senior Associate; Shigeo Kawasaki, Project Manager; Marc Delouvrier, Project Manager; Boyoung Seo, Illustrative Drafter; Derek Hoetmer, CADD Drafter

Sage and Coombe Architects
Jennifer Sage, Principal; Peter Coombe, Principal; William Bryant, Senior Associate; Skye Beach, Designer

Philip Habib Associates
Andreas Naughton, Senior Engineer; David Koysman, Engineer

Wesler-Cohen Associates
Bill Ackerman, Principal Electrical Engineer

Robert Silman Associates
Nat Oppenheimer PE LEEP AP, Principal; Jeff Beane LEEP AP BD+C, Senior Engineer

Langan Engineering
Jared Green, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Extell Development Company
Joseph Montano, Senior Vice President Construction; Joseph Yeung, Vice President

Department of Parks & Recreation
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner; William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner; Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects; Jonna Carmona-Graf, Chief of Capital Program Management; Nancy Prince, Deputy Chief of Design; Kevin Quinn RA, Director of Architecture; Alex Hart, Assistant Deputy Chief of Design; Desmond Spillane, Manhattan Team Leader; John Herrold, Riverside Park Administrator; Michael Bradley, Project Administrator, Planning; Gustavo Frindt, Senior Designer, Capital Projects; Margaret Bracken, Assistant Landscape Architect; Amie Uhrynowski, Design Commission Liaison

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