NYC Build it Back
LiRo is the Construction Manager for the Mayor's Housing Recovery Office (HRO) Build It Back Sandy housing recovery program in Brooklyn, managed by the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The program provides CDBG-DR funding to Sandy-impacted homeowners for permanent repairs and resilient measures including home elevations or full reconstruction with elevation.
The recently opened Build It Back Canarsie, Brooklyn office houses an integrated team consisting of HRO, DDC, LiRo staff and our subconsultants. Working closely together, this team reached our first home construction start in 125 days starting from CM contract signing. To date, LiRo has been assigned over 400 Sandy-damaged homes requiring rehabilitation, elevation and reconstruction work.
One of the first homes to be addressed under the program is located in Gerritsen Beach. The home suffered significant storm damage, and its owners were forced to live with relatives for over 3 years until it could be made habitable again. The first step raised the home 5 feet above its original elevation to bring it out of the flood plain. Interior finishes and infrastructure were replaced, new siding and windows were installed, and new exterior steps now lead from the sidewalk into the renovated home. Check out the link in the sidebar to see a time lapse video of this complete transformation, accomplished within 4 months.
Disaster Response Management
Architecture & Sustainable Design
Watch this time-lapse video showing one of the first homes to be completed under the program.