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Award of Excellence

Battery Park City Ferry Terminal

Birdair Inc., Amherst, N.Y., United States

The project was designed to house people waiting to board the ferry, as well as function as a sea taxi station. The client requested a fabric structure that would imitate the look of sails on a boat.

The tensile roofing structure is permanent, built on a barge that deflects. The peaked and undulating fabric design was meant to recall canvas sails, and was designed with as much glass as possible to preserve views from the Battery Park City Esplanade. Between 7,000 and 8,000 passengers are expected daily through the terminal.

The end result is a functional, visually intriguing and highly durable tensile roofing structure for the ferry and sea taxi terminal.

The Battery Park City Ferry Terminal sits on three-quarters of an acre and, at 1,200 tons, is the largest of its kind in the U.S. The terminal was originally constructed in 1989 to provide ferry service between Hoboken and Battery Park City, functioning as a temporary structure consisting of a floating landing terminal and appurtenances. New York Construction News named the new terminal “Best Public Works Project for 2008.”

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