Dutch storm protection for NYC hospitals

Dutch global engineering and consultancy firm ARCADIS has been appointed by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) to provide damage assessments, flood protection planning and sustainable design services to help these facilities better weather the next severe storm.

Dutch flood-proofing expertise

When super-storm Sandy pummelled the east coast of the US last October, much of Lower Manhattan was flooded and three of the HHC's member hospitals - Bellevue, Coney Island and the Coler Campus - sustained extensive damage. Under the 5-million-dollar contract, ARCADIS will perform flood-proofing and hazard mitigation planning so as to make these critical facilities more resilient in the face of future storms. Using proprietary hydrodynamic modeling, ARCADIS can examine how future storms may impact the hospitals and accordingly design multiple layers of defence to strengthen them against flooding so hospital staff can focus on providing continual essential services to their patients even during severe weather events. "Using our Dutch flood-proofing expertise in combination with our construction management experience in the healthcare sector, we are well positioned to deliver flood protection and sustainable design recommendations to the HHC," asserts Gary Coates, CEO of ARCADIS' US operations.