Restore The Shore

Related program: Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction

The Restore the Shore program is a part of the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Program. The Restore the Shore program is made possible by Architecture for Humanity, the Borough of Seaside Heights and MTV/Viacom.

STATUS: Design Phase Kick-off Meeting Complete
NEXT MILESTONE: Finalize Conceptual Designs

Community Charrette Report - A report that outlines the charette exercises and summarizes the charette outcomes. (Coming soon.)

Hurricane Sandy caused extreme damage and devastation throughout the East Coast of the United States on November 29, 2012. With over $35 billion of damage caused in New Jersey alone, Sandy stands as the costliest natural disaster in our state’s history and the second most costly storm in our nation’s history.

As the storm made an unprecedented westerly turn into the coast of New Jersey, Seaside Heights and the barrier islands of New Jersey found themselves situated in the path of the dangerous right side of the hurricane. Coupled with a full moon and high tides, the storm delivered a crippling blow to this area. The pictures of the Jet Star roller coaster and the damaged boardwalk and amusement piers were regular fixtures on the evening news.

In keeping with the mottos “Jersey Strong” and “Stronger Than The Storm,” the residents of these areas and across the state, in pure New Jersey style, stepped up to rebuild their communities. Alongside them and helping to raise more than $1.1 million through the Restore the Shore telethon, were the cast members of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” MTV, through its relationship with Viacom, a world leader in both entertainment and philanthropy, partnered with Architecture for Humanity to provide much needed assistance immediately following the storm and to prepare for the reconstruction of the coastal community.

The project will include the construction of a new community events center and improvements to the rebuilt boardwalk.

10.29 - The Community Workshop launches with over 60 participants from Seaside Heights, NJ!
11.15 - Schematic Design begins with the architects and designers at Gensler's Morristown office!
12.06 - The Design team and project consultants begin to collaborate over weekly project meetings.
12.10 - The project team holds a site visit to discuss how Seaside Heights' shore-front could become more resilient with the creation of sand dunes!

The role of Architecture for Humanity is essential throughout all the project development stages. The first step is to analyze the feasibility of the project in order to design an appropriate project that relates to the existing context and the community can take full ownership of the project. Architecture for Humanity is managing the design, construction and construction administration of the project, to ensure that the project represents the community’s objectives and is developed within schedule and budget. Architecture for Humanity also performs a post-occupancy evaluation in order to document the sustainability and use of the project by the community of Seaside Heights for many years to come.

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