Buildings Prepared for Sea Level Rise

Coastal communities are already feeling the pressures of rising sea levels. This collection highlights best practices in preparing for and mitigating the impacts of rising seas. Briefs provide an overview of resilient design strategies, including elevated mechanical systems and building grades, green infrastructure, and more.

Brooklyn, New York

Empire Stores

Empire Stores

Mixed use, Backup power, Elevated mechanicals, Flood walls, Green infrastructure & landscape features, Renewable & distributed energy
Washington, District of Columbia

District Wharf

District Wharf

Master planned community, Efficient fixtures or irrigation, Elevated mechanicals, Grade elevation & access, Green infrastructure & landscape features, Green roofs, Native plants & trees, Permeable pavement, Rain gardens, Rainwater cistern, Tree boxes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Brock Environmental Center

Brock Environmental Center

Community facility, Grade elevation & access, Impact-resistant & hardened materials, Renewable & distributed energy, Water harvesting & recycling
South Florida

South Florida Resort

South Florida Resort

Resort, Elevated mechanicals, Impact-resistant & hardened materials, Renewable & distributed energy, Water harvesting & recycling
Miami, Florida

1450 Brickell

1450 Brickell

Mixed use, Grade elevation & access, Impact-resistant & hardened materials
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Queens, New York

Arverne by the Sea

Arverne by the Sea

Master planned community, Mixed use, Transit-oriented development, Grade elevation & access, Green infrastructure & landscape features, Impact-resistant & hardened materials
Boston, Massachusetts

The Eddy

The Eddy

Mixed use, Elevated mechanicals, Grade elevation & access, Native plants & trees
Boston, Massachusetts

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Medical institution, Bioretention swales, Elevated mechanicals, Grade elevation & access, Green infrastructure & landscape features, Green roofs, Natural drainage system, Renewable & distributed energy