Hurricane Sandy devastated the American Northeast last October and people are still feeling the effects. Now that construction season is kicking into gear, victims of the superstorm can look forward with optimism.
Late spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for construction workers and parts of the eastern coast of New Jersey, along with New York City and the south shore of Long Island are in need of repair. Post-Sandy construction has already aided the construction industry, with employment in the first quarter reaching over 111 thousand, up 1.3 percent from the previous year according to Crain’s New York.
The construction work goes beyond just rebuilding homes and commercial buildings damaged by the storm. The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced that it is investing $100 million in a project that will make the NYC more resilient.
“In this world today we will not be able to predict or prevent every catastrophe, take climate change—extreme weather, raging fires, vicious storms,” Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin said according to the Daily Beast. “That’s where resilience comes in. We can prevent their catastrophic impact much better, by implementing resilience strategies that let us buffer those shocks more effectively.”
The investment will feature such advancements as emergency management learning mechanisms, new water waste systems, innovating ideas for urban housing and land use planning focused on resilience principles.
Constructing homes and commercial buildings, along with making the areas safer is aiding everyone involved. Bringing NY and NJ back to life after the devastating storm over six month ago is rebuilding the construction industry.