We were recently contacted by Natalie Musumeci, Reporter of the Brooklyn Paper, regarding our recent design of the Crab House in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Crab gets great reviews for hurricane survival.

Red Hook’s rustic, six-month-old seafood shack weathered Hurricane Sandy with no serious damage thanks to a beach-y design that gives the eatery the looks — and the durability — of the crab houses around the Chesapeake Bay.Structural engineer Andrew Goodrich nailed the ocean-side aesthetics the Brooklyn Crab’s owners had in mind when he elevated the three-story Reed Place restaurant 10 feet above street level using a stable raw-wood pile foundation dug 30 feet into the soil. And his work wasn’t just cosmetic.

“It’s up on stilts and it’s designed for 130 mile-per-hour winds, so that’s a huge part of why it was able to withstand the storm,” said Goodrich, whose Windsor Terrace-based team of engineers spent more than a year designing and constructing the seafood joint.

Waters surged through the ground-level mini-golf course, but the stilt design kept the eatery’s interior and mechanical systems high and dry.

“We made sure that the elevation was high enough for any flooding that would be occurring,” said Goodrich, who stowed all utilities on the second floor rather than in the basement.

Also helpful was the extra deep foundation — which proved particularly important considering the crab shack’s location just 100 feet from the harbor near Van Brunt Street.

“Part of the reason the piles go so deep is because a lot of this is landfill and bad soil,” Goodrich said. “They have go to down deep enough to the good soil where they are firmly embedded and can resist bending, so that they don’t give in and topple over.”

Full Story: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/35/50/dtg_redhookwaterproofbuilding_2012_12_07_bk.html







Crab House in Red Hook withstood Sandy

Date: 11/21/2012

If you’re in this neighborhood you should be building 10 feet above grade at the minimum. Electrical boxes and gas meters do not belong in the basements knowing that surges do occur



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