Robert Moses beach area complex in Massena receives 2010 Public Works Project of the Year Award
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 6:19 am

MASSENA – The Robert Moses State Park Beach Area Complex project has received the 2010 “Public Works Project of the Year Award,” in the Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation Category, from the American Public Works Association New York Chapter.

The Park’s beach area complex consists of three buildings arranged along a circular arc, connected by pergola-covered walkways providing exceptional views of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Due to the age, fire damage in the former concession building, and seasonal use of the facility, various elements had gone into disrepair and the physical utilization of the spaces was not optimum for the current operations.

The overall goal of the renovation project was to restore and improve the functional utilization of the existing buildings while maintaining the historic architectural features. Utilization improvements included converting the existing 5,900 square foot central bath house building into a multi-use Visitor Center to primarily serves as a campus registration center as well as a beach/camp supply store, office space, storage facilities and information areas, display areas and interactive interpretive exhibits.

The opposing 2,300 square foot concession building was renovated for use as a modern ADA complaint bathhouse for park patrons and also contains two office areas for first aid and lifeguard operations.

In addition to building improvements, a number of upgrades were made to the site infrastructure including exterior pergolas, ADA complaint sidewalks, and access ramps linking the buildings and beach area.

Project Manager Carmen Lapine of Beardsley Design Associates said success of the project was due to the experienced project team and problem-solvers involved with the project.

“Without the collaborative engagement of the client, the regulatory agencies and the contractors we could not have achieved this level of success,” said Lapine.

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