feasibility analysis & design services for nyrcr program

The New York Rising Community reconstruction (NYRCR) Program, announced by Governor Cuomo in April of 2013, is a $650M planning and implementation process established to provide rebuilding and resiliency assistance to communities

severely damaged by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy.  The Program empowers the State’s most impacted communities with the technical expertise needed to develop thorough and implementable reconstruction plans to build physically, socially, and economically resilient and sustainable communities.  Drawing on lessons learned from past recovery efforts, the NYRCR Program is a unique combination of bottom-up community participation and State-provided technical expertise. 

Approximately 102 storm-affected localities, situated within 5 regions of the State, were grouped within 45 NYRCR Communities, each with a planning committee, and designated to participate in the NYRCR Program.  The State allocated each locality between $3M and $25M to implement eligible projects identified in each Community NYRCR Plan.  The funding for these projects is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.

CES was responsible for evaluating 35+ conceptual projects within 3 communities of the Capital/North Country/Mohawk Valley Region, as part of the NYRCR Plan preparation process, in order to determine which ones would move forward into the project prioritization process to qualify for NYRCR funding. The projects consisted in analyzing flooding scenarios and determining flooding attenuation solutions and infrastructural improvements. Existing reports and studies, information provided by planning committee members, and other available information and data were used to screen the proposed projects for feasibility. As part of the feasibility studies, preliminary cost estimates were also prepared for each project, including descriptions of how itemized costs were determined and any assumptions made (i.e., RS Means, industry standards, and/or past professional experience). A risk assessment ranking system was populated for each project in order to mitigate potential uncertainty. CES staff also liaised between the planning committees and other involved parties and attended community group meetings.