Hoboken’s Redevelopment Plan: 701 Harrison Street

On July 7th, the city of Hoboken, New Jersey approved the $262 million redevelopment plan for the city’s west side. This project will feature a park above a flood control system, a public gymnasium, 424 units of market rate and affordable housing, retail space, and more.

In addition to being the structural engineer, The Harman Group is providing parking planning and design services for the 701 Harrison Street portion of the project. This 14-story, 684,000-square foot mixed-use building includes 424 residential apartments, 20,000- square foot of ground level retail space, a fitness center and gym, an outdoor pool, integral parking for 443 cars, as well as community outdoor spaces.

Located on Harrison Street by the Palisades Cliffs, an area impacted by floodwaters during Superstorm Sandy, the new building will be designed with a special flood proofing system to minimize the impact of such weather events. Flood proofing systems are a great measure for flood mitigation, but these systems create additional hydrostatic pressure build up below slabs on grade. The Harman Group design team is working on a structural slab on grade system that will resist this pressure.

In addition, site subsurface conditions consist of loose fill (very soft peat and clay), which are highly compressible and are not suitable for support of the proposed structure with shallow foundations. Therefore, the building loads will be transferred to bedrock using deep foundations.

701 Harrison Street provides the structural challenge of the residential tower overlapping with the parking levels below. The Harman Group team of engineers and parking experts are working collectively to establish the optimum parking layout that will minimize the number of column transfers, resulting in a cost effective design.

For more information on 701 Harrison Street and Hoboken’s Redevelopment Plan please visit NJ.com