Dresdner Robin provided turn-key design services for the first phase of development of this vibrant 3 ½ acre mixed-use, transit oriented development (TOD) project located in the heart of the Jersey City Waterfront. Dresdner Robin provided planning, civil engineering, environmental, and landscape architectural design services from inception through construction. The site, a former rail maintenance facility has been converted to a mixed-use mass transit center, with ground floor retail and restaurants, over 400 residential units (phase I only) in one of three proposed 40 plus story towers, a parking garage for over 1,000 cars and direct access to the Grove Street Path station.
Form the very beginning, Dresdner Robin’s vast urban experience was utilized as we assisted the developer in the initial project assessment stages where Dresdner Robin evaluated the environmental constraints and developed an action plan for the investigation, remediation and administrative management of the property.
A complex this large requires hands on planning and design and Dresdner Robin provided a full range of design services. As a major component of the project, Dresdner Robin’s engineers and landscape architects worked with the developer and the Port Authority to design a new entry plaza to the existing Grove Street Path Station below. The entry plaza, which would be completed years before the development of the rest of the complex, was designed as a separate structure that would connect seamlessly with the remainder of the project which includes a 50-story future tower over the top of it.
Our engineering and landscape architects assisted the Owner and design team in procuring the necessary municipal entitlements and approvals including multiple plan amendments and Planning Board Approvals by working diligently with City Planning and Engineering staff.
Dresdner Robin’s Civil Engineers designed and coordinated the complex utility infrastructure required for a multi-use, phased project of this size. Including the relocation of an old large diameter brick combined sewer with a new 48” diameter concrete pipe combined sewer, two 12” water mains totaling over 1,400 in length, new sanitary sewer main, and relocated underground electrical/telecom duct banks. Dresdner Robin prepared the construction documents and procured all the necessary permits and regulatory City, State and Federal Permits.
As the landscape architects for the project, Dresdner Robin was responsible for designing the streetscape and lighting around the complex as well as an elaborate one acre plus rooftop plaza. The streetscape design includes decorative pavements, site furniture, decorative site lighting and landscaping as well as the design of the granite clad raised terraces. The rooftop plaza, located above the parking garage, consists of a pool, pool terrace with chaise lounges, private cabanas, full size tennis court, tot-lot, large open lawn, bbq areas with outdoor dining terrace, seating areas and game tables and a diverse plant palate. Our landscape architects prepared the detailed construction documents and intense coordination required for a successful project.
Dresdner Robin’s landscape architects and engineers also provided construction administration and inspections services, reviewing shop drawings and submittals, rfi’s, change orders, etc. as well as provide site inspections.
- Client representation
- Complete permitting and regulatory coordination
- Complex utility and infrastructure design
- Transit design coordination
- Landscape, lighting, and streetscape design
- Green roof design
- Relocation of storm sewer outfall
- Environmental engineering
- Former brownfield
- Previous rail yard use
- Transit center with direct NYC connection
- PATH station reconstruction
- Pedestrian pathways
- Urban mixed uses
- 40,000 square feet retail
- 30,000 square feet office
- 379 residential units
- Green roof plaza