On a broader scale, the administration has plans for three levels of protection against future disasters: a 71,000-square-foot energy building to provide 11 megawatts of power for the medical center campus, 7.5 megawatts of emergency power and a new electrical service on the roof; a flood wall system to protect the campus perimeter; and a rapidly deployable flood barrier system called Tiger Dams.
The new facilities, due to be ready in 2017, are all being built to sustain floods many feet above the new federal flood requirements for the area, says Paul Schwabacher, senior vice president for Medical Center Facilities Management at NYU.
“We’re designing to a level that’s much, much higher,” Schwabacher says. “We’ll have a level of protection that’s second to none because of what we have learned.”
Disclosure: Apoorva Mandavilli is an adjunct assistant professor of journalism in NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
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