T.Y. Lin International Designs Improvements to Niagara Falls State Park in New York
T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that construction is nearing completion for significant improvements to Niagara Falls State Park in Niagara Falls, New York. TYLI was retained by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) for a multi-year term agreement to develop the comprehensive capital rehabilitation and improvement plan for the park.
The 400-acre Niagara Falls State Park is considered the United States’ oldest state park and visited by more than eight million people each year. In addition to providing spectacular views of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls, the park also offers hiking and nature trails, access to several small islands, various recreational programs, and dining and entertainment facilities.
Overseeing a team of five firms, TYLI utilized NYSOPRHP’s Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvement Plan as a design basis. The design called for services such as site civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, architecture, environmental engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, and surveying. Landscape architecture, which plays a major role in enhancing the park visitor experience, was provided by The LA Group, based in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“Working closely with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, T.Y. Lin International and our project partner, The LA Group, delivered a design plan that recognized and emphasized the site’s historic and natural setting while providing maximum functionality consistent with the park’s operational requirements,” said Robert Radley, P.E., TYLI Senior Vice President and East Region Director. “With this project, Niagara Falls State Park retains its international status as one of the preeminent parks in the nation.”
Improvements to Niagara Falls State Park include: the development of new facilities, updates to existing infrastructure, and expanded parking at the park’s point of arrival, Cave of the Winds Plaza; upgrades and enhancements to numerous trails and overlooks, including providing full Americans with Disabilities (ADA) access and lighting; and rehabilitation of the Luna Island pedestrian bridge. TYLI also designed a new sanitary sewer and pump station system to serve Goat Island and prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for Three Sisters Islands.
The final phase of the five-year construction effort is scheduled for completion in June 2017.