Little Island Park is NYC’s new philanthropically funded urban enchanted forest.
Rising from the remnants of Pier 54, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy, Little Island was conjured up by the Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg foundation to be an elevated 2.4-acre wonderland built on top of 132 “tulip pot” concrete columns in the Hudson River. Like out of a storybook, it is set on pilings of different heights and unique shapes that support various weight load capacities to hold the artistically imagined landscape. The public park features 350 species of flowers, trees and shrubs, a 687-seat amphitheater, smaller event area, and a central plaza.
McLaren Engineering Group led the design and construction phase Code Compliance Review at Little Island Park for New York State OGS, which included a review of the structural, site/civil, architectural, marine, geotechnical, MEP, and life safety systems for the entire project.
For the park’s intimate event space, The Glade, our entertainment team provided engineering review of the 16ft octagonal timber stage, large ramp that wraps around it, and theatrical AV and lighting structures. For its main stage, The Amph, the team designed the catenary cables to support the audiovisual infrastructure.