Through a partnership between 100 Resilient Cities and the Center for Resilient Cities & Landscapes at Columbia University, the Resilience Accelerator was developed. While this was a competitive grant program, Greater Miami & the Beaches was chosen to directly participate. Miami Beach’s West Avenue Neighborhood Improvement Project was selected as one of four projects in South Florida. Columbia University brought together multi-disciplinary expertise to assist the city’s team in advancing the strategy and project design to keep the project moving forward while integrating a more holistic resiliency approach. They focused on strategy and design, stakeholder engagement, and benefits and costs. Over the course of a three day workshop, the team identified appropriate enhancements based on the project’s life cycle, existing and future site challenges, and feedback from the local community. The City brought together the Design Build Team headed by Ric-Man Construction Florida; internal staff from CIP, Environment & Sustainability, Fire, Parking, Planning, Public Works, and Transportation Departments; and, local experts in engineering, architecture and urban design.
Resilience Accelerator Workshop Report