Brooklyn Bridge Park is located along the East River and spans over two kilometers of Brooklyn’s coastline. The Park, constructed on abandoned cargo and storage piers, aims to transform the hostile environment into a flourishing recreation area while preservation and restoration of natural habitats.
ECOncrete®’s technologies were integrated into the park at two locations; our Ecological Pile Encapsulations under pier 6 and our Tide Pools alongside Pier 4 beach.
ECOncrete® technologies part of SCAPE TEAM’s $60M winning “Living Breakwaters” project in the Rebuild by Design Competition, an initiative of the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. The project, now under construction in the southern shore of Staten Island, aims to reduce the risks of flooding and storm damage, revive ecologies and connect the community to the shoreline. The project will include ECOncrete®'s Ecological Armoring Units and Tide Pools.
ECOncrete®'s terrestrial bio-active wall tiles were chosen to cover the courtyards walls of the new state comptroller building in Jerusalem, Israel. Production of the tiles is taking place as installation is planned to begin in the last week of March.
ECOncrete®'s bio-active wall elements are designed to induce rapid plant wall coverage of inland buildings. Green plant coverage significantly improves urban landscape, provides cleaner and healthier air, and reduces the ecological footprint of urban development. The physical and chemical properties of the wall elements strongly influence the capability to support and enhance growth. ECOncrete®’s bio-active wall induces natural growth of wall clinging plants, endolithic algae, lichens and mosses. Its high complexity and porosity create moist niches that support flora, without the need for complex soil systems.
ECOncrete® recently launched a large-scale construction project in the new military port of Haifa. In this project ECOncrete® deployed nearly 40 tons of ecological cube-shaped armoring units called Antifers, demonstrating the ability to create bio-diverse habitats in an environment that incorporates massive use of concrete armoring units. The ECOncrete® matrix and the 3D complexity added to the standard armoring units using ECOncrete®'s unique form liners is specifically designed to recruit invertebrate communities and to provide shelter for fish larvae, thus compensating for loss of natural fish habitat in Israeli coastlines.
A major research and development effort of the Company is the study of the behavior of ECOncrete® concrete elements in different marine and coastal environments
In winter 2012 a large scale comparative study was launched testing the biological efficiency of five innovative ECOncrete® matrices, in comparison to standard Portland cement. Test stations are located in the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean along the East coast of the USA, including Savannah, Georgia, NYC harbor, the Great Lakes and the Florida Keys. This geographic spread provides a good cover of tropical to temperate environments. The results of the study will help turn industrialized and urbanized waterfronts into ecologically active marine zones.
Based on the company's experience in the marine realm, ECOncrete® was appointed to design and fabricate a biologically-active concrete wall at Israel's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified eco-office tower (Azouri EcoTower, Tel-Aviv). The wall is an integral part of the towers' ecological terrace, designed by Studio Urbanof. This unique bio-active concrete wall is designed to function as an active biological substrate, collecting humidity and nutrient particles from the air, and supporting bacteria, endolithic alga, cyanobacteria, infauna and macro-flora. Due to the special design of the wall's surface texture, the microhabitats formed determine the composition of the flora growing on it.
The first application of ECOncrete®'s tide pools was at a project in Michmoret's marina. These tide-pools, integrated into the marina's breakwater, function similarly to natural retaining pools, characterized by stable water conditions with high water circulation. These 3D artificial tide pools, composed of unique concrete matrices with a special surface texture and design, are aimed at enhancing recruitment and growth of intertidal communities. The project was carried out with the assistance of 3rd year biotechnology students from the School of Marine Sciences - Ruppin Academic Center.