Stevens Institute of Technology Waterfront Walkway & Oceanic Research Dock

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Project information

  • Location: Hoboken, New Jersey

  • Client: City of Hoboken

  • Disciplines: Site/Civil and Structural Engineering, Layout Design, Underwater Structural Evaluation, Federal & State Regulatory Permitting, Historic Preservation, Project Management and Construction Inspection

Boswell prepared a site plan, Individual Waterfront Development Permit and Army Corps of Engineers Individual Permit for the construction of a 840 lf. section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and the installation of an 8-foot wide public fishing pier and dock in the City of Hoboken. The installation of this waterfront walkway eliminated a known “gap area” creating a contiguous river walk from Castle Point Park to Sinatra Park. The project further included the rehabilitation of a collapsed bulkhead and parking facility located adjacent to the walkway.

The riverfront walkway extension was constructed as a free-standing structure supported by 14-inch steel shell piles for maximum durability. This design was necessary, since the existing on-site pier was not structurally sound and portions of the bulkhead had already collapsed. The steel pilings were crowned with concrete pile caps to support the decking, which consisted of 12 inch pre-cast concrete planks and 6 x 9-inch brick pavers.

The primary goals of the project were to achieve the following objectives:

• Redevelop the existing waterfront. The waterfront has presently been revitalized in several key areas, and will continue to progress using methods consistent with the New Jersey Department of Community Affair’s Office of Smart Growth.

• Reestablish the public’s right of access. The City of Hoboken, through property acquisition and coordination with private owners, has allowed the public to enjoy majestic views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.

• Provide the public with a number of recreational facilities and areas of open space. The walkway enhanced the type of activities offered along the Hudson River waterfront by providing the public with an 8-foot wide fishing pier and docking facility for oceanic research vessels owned by the Stevens Institute of Technology.

• Decrease traffic congestion. In the past, residents did not have the option of walking to and from the ferry or PATH system. However, following construction of Pier A and Sinatra Park, the vast majority of commuters now prefer to use these pedestrian corridors.

• Educate the public. The walkway project provides the public with educational material in order to inform the public of the historical value and economic significance of Hoboken's Hudson River Waterfront over the past 100-years.

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