Hudson River Park Pier 26
Pier 26 is a 2.5 acre ecologically themed park redeveloped by Hudson River Park Trust along the Hudson River in Tribeca, New York. It is the first new pier to open along the four-mile-long Hudson River Park since 2010, and the first major public space in Manhattan to open in 2020. Pier 26 features an innovative, engineered Tide Deck at the west end of the pier, along with a multi-use recreation field and a large greenscape area with boardwalks and seating.
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE) provided marine engineering services to the multi-disciplinary team led by Olin Studio Landscape Architects that supported the Trust’s in-house team to establish a coordinated approach to control and expedite the project. MRCE designed the modular precast concrete decking, pile foundations, and “ecological” platform to achieve the desired Hudson River Estuary appearance and enhance marine growth and features such as an oyster farm. Setting the low-level platform, with piles and deck at mid-tide elevation, was a significant challenge to achieve in the Hudson River environment. MRCE also designed the wave attenuation system to be incorporated into the main structure. The innovative design utilizes giant boulders placed in a layout that acts as wave attenuator and protects the pier’s ecological features from ice impacts.