Me thinks there will be no more permanent bathroom structures on the beach ever again. Nope. And most likely no more lifeguard station as well. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will most likely not allow it. The way I see it, we have only two options: Rebuild those structures on the boardwalk or have temporary ones on the beach.
A reader named Elizabeth just forward me a few articles which showcase an awesome idea: Modular Beach Pavilions! According to tech- blog Gizmodo.com, Coney Island and Rockaway Beach will be getting these pavilions asap.
[quote]N.Y. beaches will feature modular pavilions that withstand storms
Modular beach pavilions are set to become part of the beach scenery in New York after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the ones at Coney Island, Rockaway Beach and other areas. The 37 structures, made from galvanized steel frames on top of concrete stilts — required by FEMA standards — will be “finished with high-grade stainless steel and reinforced concrete” to withstand storms. The pavilions, to be used as offices, lifeguard stations and restooms, are equipped with solar-paneled roofs and a type of double-wall construction to reduce energy consumption. Gizmodo Australia (5/18), Architizer.com (5/15)
Each unit will sit on concrete stilts, which raise the rooms off the ground to meet FEMA’s storm standards, and they’re accessed by stairs and ramps from the boardwalk.
They are not necessarily permanent, right? It’s that loophole where as long as they can be removed – kinda like installing a wooden porch in your backyard. I would LOVE to see these on our beach for a lifeguard station, bathrooms, ticket booths and who knows, maybe concessions!
- Gizmodo – Modular Beach Pavilions Are Replacing The Ones Hurricane Sandy Ruined
- Architizer.com – Summer Is Rescued!: Modular Pavilions By Garrison Architects Help NYC Beaches Recover From Sandy
UPDATE: While I do agree these don’t aesthetically fit Long Beach, I do love the concept of modular pavilions. I just hope we don’t end up with the same old ugly boxes with no character or personality that we had before. Jessie in the comments posted the following link, which is pretty awesome and would look great here: http://en.beach-trotters.com/modular-structures-wc-details-p-huelva-modular-units-t-423