Q: How can I submit a question regarding the competition?
A: The deadline for submitting project-specific questions has passed. However, inquiries that are primarily administrative in nature may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q1: The Site Description designates the western boundary to be: Beach 44th Street. The blue outlined survey drawing in the Site Description shows the western boundary to be: Beach 56th Street. The Site-Survey.pdf indicates the western boundary might be: Beach 56th Place. Which is correct?
A1: The western boundary of the site is Beach 56th Place (one block west of Beach 56th Street). The land between Beach 44th Street and Beach 56th Place was set aside for the 35 acre nature preserve in the 2003 FEIS and CPC report. The 35 acre nature preserve is included in the program guidelines outlined on page 8 of the design brief; however, entrants may consider alternative site configurations for Phase I of the competition. The website and design brief have been updated to resolve this discrepancy.
Q2: Do the proposed 1500 units of housing plus 500,000 square feet of commercial space include redesigning the existing housing located on Beach 62nd Street and Beach 67th Street? Or do we have to address the program in the vacant areas only?
A2: Project proposals should address the land outlined by the site boundaries in the Site Description (also located in Section 5: Site Description on page 13 of the design brief). Existing housing developments at Beach 62nd street and Beach 67th street lie outside of the site boundaries.
Q3: Can anyone submit proposals for the design competition, or do you have to be an American resident or American licensed architect or designer? Is this competition open for international designers too?
A3: Phase I of the competition is open to any and all interested parties (including non-licensed individuals or teams, and international firms). Phase II of the competition will require a New York State licensed architect and engineer to be part of the team. Phase I teams that are selected as potential finalists will be given the opportunity to reformulate their team to meet the requirement. See Section 8: Legal Requirements, Phase II Finalist Qualifications Requirement on pages 22 & 23 of the design brief.
Q4: Is there a registration fee to enter the competition?
Q5: What is meant / required by the “affiliation” field on the registration form?
A5: In the “affiliation” field, entrants should provide the name of their company or organization if they are registering on behalf of a larger group. Entrants participating independently, or as a self-organized team, may simply provide a “team name” specific to the FAR ROC design competition.
Q6: Why isn’t a hospital, or other critically needed services, specifically required by the program? How will new needs created by the addition of new housing (e.g.: additional schools, libraries, recreational facilities, etc.) be addressed by the FAR ROC Design Competition?
A6: The suggested program parameters included in the Project Description for the FAR ROC design competition were analyzed in the 2003 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and are provided for general guidance. However, one of the five key judging criteria for the competition is “Contextual Sensitivity”, or the extent to which the project responds to the aesthetic, social, and economic context of the surrounding community. As such, entrants are strongly encouraged to review Section 9: Community Input on pages 26-29 of the design brief, and to respond appropriately to that input in the development of their design proposals.
Q7: In the earlier answer to Q1, the area between Beach 44th St. and Beach 56th Place was revealed to have been originally proposed as a nature preserve in 2003. How flexible is this designation as far as our proposals go? Should we be attempting to maintain the approximate 2003 parameters listed in the description?
Q8: Submission requirements state that Phase I competition submissions must comprise a single PDF file consisting of two (2) 22×34 PDF [US Arch D] “boards”; however, Arch D dimensions are 24×36. What size should submissions be?
A8: Submissions should be a single PDF file that includes (2) 22×34 PDF [ANSI D] “boards”. This is to facilitate accurate half-scale printing at 11×17. The website has been updated to reflect the correct paper terminology.
Q9: May existing buildings be demolished?
A9: Existing buildings should remain.
More specifically: The area north of Edgemere Avenue between Beach 47th Street and Beach 44th Street, as well as the areas between Beach 44th Street and Beach 43rd Street and between Beach 36th Street and Beach 35th Street are included as part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area (URA). However, there are several properties within the URA that are privately owned, including: the nursing home located at Beach 47th Street; the (4) four two-family homes and (2) two three-family homes located on the west side of Beach 44th Street; and, the construction site located on the east side of Beach 44th Street.
The vacant land between the fore-mentioned structures, the vacant land east of the construction site at Beach 44th Street up through and including the abandoned Beach 43rd Street R.O.W. (south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard), and the vacant land between Beach 36th Street and Beach 35th Street are city owned properties and may be considered in competition proposals.
Q10: What other community groups (if any) are involved beside the local community board?
A10: In addition to Community Board 14, the Advisory Committee includes representatives from local Community Based Organizations, non-profits, resident groups, and home-owner associations. Other local community organizations interested in participating in an advisory capacity should email email@example.com.
Q11: Are all utilities required to be underground?
A11: The community has expressed a preference for utilities to be located underground (see Section 9: Community Input on page 28 of the design brief); however, the competition requirements only state that “the project must incorporate all new infrastructure” and that “proposals should emphasize sustainability and resiliency.”
Q12: Is the blue boundary on the map on page 13 of the design brief the boundary for the competition site?
A12: The boundary in blue on page 13 of the design brief is the boundary for the competition site, with the following caveats: The design brief was updated on April 24th per the response to Q1 on the Q&A page (design briefs downloaded prior to April 24th may have boundaries that are out of date–please verify that the boundary on page 13 matches the boundary shown at http://www.farroc.com/competition/#site); and, existing structures shall remain per the response to Q9 on the Q&A page.
Q13: What was the Special Flood Hazard Area for Arverne East prior to Hurricane Sandy?
A13: The Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) established prior to Hurricane Sandy are still current pending finalization of the ABFEs and may be downloaded from the FEMA Map Service Center. Item number 360497IND0A provides an index to the maps for NYC, and may be used to locate the specific maps covering the Arverne East site.
Q14: In the brief, the following segment is mentioned: “…Arverne by the Sea escaped substantial damage thanks to improved storm drainage systems, an elevated site, and the use of infrastructure designed for storm resiliency.” What specific kinds of storm-resilient infrastructure were implemented by Arvene by the Sea?
Q15: Is there any existing landscape which must be preserved?
Q16: May entrants propose their own f.a.r. bulk and zoning regulations?
Q17: Are there any parking requirements or may entrants propose their own?
A17: Parking should comply with zone-specific requirements established by the NYC Zoning Text; however, as indicated in the answer to Q16, entrants may propose rezoning for Arverne East, which will in turn affect the number of parking spaces required. Entrants are advised to be aware of resident parking preferences, as expressed by the FAR ROC Advisory Committee (see Section 9: Community Input on pages 28 & 29 of the design brief).
Q18: Is there a limit to how much the site topography may be modified?
Q19: Are any built structures permitted within the nature preserve?
A19: The suggested program parameters included in the Project Description for the FAR ROC design competition were analyzed in the 2003 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and are provided for general guidance. Specific programming should be developed by entrants as part of their unique design solution (see Section 4: Project Description on page 8 of the design brief).
Q20: The development of resilient infrastructure is a critical part of the design task. Does this include public transportation, especially the physical structure of the A train?
A20: Proposals should accommodate public bus transportation. The “A train” trestle is a dominate visual element on the northern boundary of the site and its integration into the larger site plan should be considered; however, entrants are not expected to propose any reconstruction or rerouting of the trestle.
Q21: Will entrants be automatically disqualified for making design proposals for areas adjacent to the competition site but outside of the specific project boundaries, particularly as such proposals might relate to connecting the site to the community or the ocean?
A21: The focus of the competition entry should be primarily on the site within the designated boundaries; however, entrants will not be disqualified for extending proposed interventions beyond those boundaries so long as the minimum requirements stipulated in the design brief are met.
Q22: Please provide clarification regarding the “three commercial sites within the Edgemere Urban Renewal Area” (as indicated in Section 5 of the design brief).
A22: The three commercial sites mentioned in Section 5: Site Description & Context refer specifically to the three “satellite” blocks located north of Edgemere Avenue shown on the plan on page 13 of the design brief. These blocks should be considered in the development of design proposals, with the limitations referenced in the answer to Q9 regarding the demolition of existing structures. Their use is currently zoned commercial, however, alternate proposals for those blocks and the adjacent streets may be developed by entrants as part of their unique design solution (see the answers to Q16 and Q21).
Q23: Is it possible to get flight path and volume information for the air traffic that overflies the site (as shown in the photographs posted)?
A23: Flight data for John F. Kennedy International Airport may be accessed from the Federal Aviation Administration website.
Q24: Should the (2) 22×34 [ANSI D] submissions be oriented “portrait” or “landscape”?
Q25: Will the (2) 22×34 [ANSI D] PDF “boards” be presented side by side as one larger single board?
A25: Board 1 and Board 2 of the submissions may or may not be presented side by side during the various stages of judging. As such, each board should stand independently; however, entrants may wish to coordinate the two boards so that they will present well during stages of judging in which the two boards are shown side by side.