Tour the East Midtown Greenway

Photos by Timothy Schenck and Courtesy of Skanska

Join experts from Skanska and Stantec for a tour of the innovative East Midtown Greenway along Manhattan’s East River waterfront!

  • Innovative Waterfront Resilience: Learn about cutting-edge methods like rainwater capture and engineered soil for stormwater management
  • Environmental Sustainability: See how green spaces and advanced technologies create a resilient, eco-friendly urban environment
  • Emerging Technologies: Discover how GPS tracking, timelapse cameras, and underwater drones ensure safety and longevity

About the event:

Welcome to the East Midtown Greenway, a shining example of resilience and innovation in coastal design. As we embark on this tour, you’ll discover how Skanska and Stantec’s commitment to well-being and sustainability has shaped this project. From strategically capturing rainwater to nourish greenery while mitigating flooding, to the use of engineered soil in Silva Cells to support tree growth and manage stormwater, every element is designed for longevity and environmental harmony. Additionally, the utilization of cutting-edge technologies, from GPS tracking for safety to underwater drones for structural monitoring, ensures not just the resilience, but the ongoing safety and sustainability of this waterfront walkway. Join us as we explore how this project sets a new standard for coastal resilience and community well-being right here in New York City!

About Your Guides

Marcelo Braga, Project Manager at Skanska USA Building
Marcelo is a valued and experienced Project Manager who has managed many large projects that required coordination across expansive teams, agencies, and safety job inspectors. He is skilled in orchestrating client communications, procurement processes, subcontractor contracts, and negotiations, as well as overseeing all aspects of project costs, permits, and jobsite materials. With expertise spanning from preconstruction to project close-out, he manages weekly and monthly project meetings to review ongoing operations and address emerging issues, fostering seamless coordination among owners, architects, and engineers.

Rob Reid, Senior Project Manager at Skanska USA Building
Rob Reid has more than 19 years of experience working for Skanska on projects of varying size and complexity, both in the public and private sectors. His range of expertise includes marine and port facilities, parks, mass transit/rail, airports, hospitals and higher education projects. Rob has recently led teams on large waterfront projects, including the East Midtown Greenway, Citywide Ferry Service Program, and other New York City Economic Development Corporation waterfront projects. He has also provided estimating and projecting planning services with many other waterfront clients, such as Brooklyn Bridge Park and Hudson River Park Trust.

Nicole Ogrosso, Project Manager at Stantec
As a civil engineer and project manager, Nicole is involved in both large- and small-scale site development and infrastructure projects throughout New York City. She’s worked on projects for both private developers and public agencies that have involved every aspect of engineering design from feasibility studies to final design and contract documents. Nicole also has a special interest in waterfront development and producing sustainable or resilient designs. Although she has worked on a variety of projects, her most notable is the East Midtown Greenway (EMG) where she managed a multidisciplinary team and coordinated extensively with numerous city agencies. She credits her time working on EMG as her most rewarding.

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