Last October, Hurricane Sandy tore through the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on New York’s Long Island, severely damaging this historic venue that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. On May 31, thanks to the efforts of Skanska’s design-build team – including designer EwingCole – the 14,000-seat theater reopened for the season, hosting a concert by country superstars Rascal Flatts.
The up to 10-foot storm surge that Sandy generated in the area submerged lower levels of the venue, and many areas – including the stage, seats, backstage, concessions and VIP zones – were badly damaged and would have to be replaced or repaired. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged building materials would have to be removed.
Key to this project was breaking the work up into small, manageable parts, said Carolyn Wettstein, Skanska senior project manager. For instance, the electrical work – the key trade on this project – was split into four zones, each with a separate subcontractor. That way, if one subcontractor ran into issues the entire project wouldn’t be affected.
As the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is a local landmark, working on it was special. David Whitehouse, Skanska senior superintendent, said most of the craft workers on this project came to concerts there. “Everybody wanted to get this done, especially since the vibe from the general public was that it couldn’t be done in the short timeframe,” he said.
(Click here to see a TV news clip of the newly re-opened venue.)
Here’s are some images from the grand opening!