Rebuild by Design

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force launched the Rebuild By Design (RBD) competition in June 2013. In June 2014, HUD announced the award of $930M to seven winning ideas. Each winning idea comprises multiple phases, which collectively represent a master plan for the area of focus. The awards dedicated to the winning designs are provided by HUD to assist in the implementation of the first phase of each master plan. The seven winning ideas are located in New Jersey, New York State, New York City, and Connecticut. View the complete RBD Federal Notice.

Since the award, each grantee has worked to implement the first phase of the seven winning ideas. Each grantee must identify and fund a RBD project by September 2017 and fully spend their RBD award by September 2022.


Status Report Fall 2016

Meadowlands

The State of New Jersey continues to refine concepts for the Meadowlands project through feasibility analysis and community engagement.  The State plans to identify a preferred alternative in the second quarter of 2017 and publish a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) shortly thereafter.

Hudson River

The State of New Jersey will publish a DEIS for the Hudson River project in the first quarter of 2017. The publication of the DEIS will be followed by a public comment period and public hearing to solicit input on the environmental analysis of the project.  Following the completion of the environmental review, the State will complete project design and commence construction.

Hunts Point Resiliency

New York City continues to refine concepts for its pilot project in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.  The City plans to identify a pilot project in the first quarter of 2017 and commence environmental review of that project shortly thereafter.

East Side Coastal Resilience

New York City continues to refine concepts for the East Side Coastal Resilience Project through feasibility analysis and stakeholder engagement.  The City plans to publish a DEIS in 2017.

Living with the Bay

New York State continues to refine concepts for the Living with the Bay project through feasibility analysis and stakeholder engagement. The State plans to commence environmental review for the project in 2017.

Living Breakwaters

The State of New York will publish a DEIS for the Living Breakwaters project in the first quarter of 2017. The publication of the DEIS will be followed by a public comment period and public hearing to solicit input on the environmental analysis of the project.  Following the completion of the environmental review, the State will complete project design and commence construction.

Resilient Bridgeport

In an Action Plan published in December 2016, the State of Connecticut identified a pilot project to reduce risk from chronic storm water flooding in the most vulnerable public housing stock in the city, Marina Village, and the surrounding neighborhood.  The State continues to refine the concept for the pilot project and will commence environmental review in 2017.


Rebuild By Design, the Competition

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force launched the Rebuild By Design competition in June 2013, a multi-stage planning and design competition to promote resilience in the Sandy-affected region. HUD conducted the competition under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, and administered the competition in partnership with philanthropic, academic, and nonprofit organizations. The goal of the competition was to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region. The competition also represented a policy innovation by committing to set aside HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding specifically to incentivize the implementation of winning projects and proposals. Examples of design solutions were expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits. The competition process aimed to strengthen understanding of regional interdependencies, fostering coordination and resilience both at the local level and across the US. Ten interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, designers, and architects spent months understanding the major vulnerabilities of the Sandy-affected region and developing projects to improve the region's resilience.

Watch a short video on the groundbreaking competition.

Visit the RebuildbyDesign.org site.