MFS Provides Services to Various Segments of Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park Trust Pier 84 3

Hudson River Park, the largest park development project in New York City since Central Park, occupies approximately 550 acres of treasured waterfront property [1]. Custodial agency Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) reports that 72% of the project is already completed but “there’s still so much in store for Park visitors in the future.”

Hudson River Park
Alex Staniloff

The public programming mega-project features designs of many celebrated architecture and design firms, including Heatherwick Studio, of Hudson Yards “Vessel” fame [2]. MFS Engineers & Surveyors (MFS) contributed to several phases and segments of the Hudson River Park redevelopment, providing professional engineering and surveying consulting services to several A/E/C firms contracted by HRPT.

Pier 55 Historic Steel Arch
Alex Staniloff

Partnering with Trevcon Construction, MFS engineers assisted in the construction of a new Pier 54 waterfront esplanade with MFS’ geotechnical team conducting a dynamic load test using a Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) on test piles at the project site and providing full-time oversight. MFS Land Surveying and Structural Engineering teams likewise provided support to Trevcon in this project, assisting with an instrumentation and optical monitoring plan, as well as recommendations to raise a historical steel structure for transport, then situated at Pier 54. The provided plans were used to move the historic steel arch to a neighboring area, where it now acts guardian for the new 2.7 acre public park and performing space development known as Pier 55 [3].

Meatpacking District Waterfront Esplanade
Alex Staniloff
Heatherwick Studio Vision Pier 55
Heatherwick Studio's Vision of Pier 55

Farther upriver, the areas adjacent to West 42nd street include the Maritime Entertainment District. A series of capital maintenance restoration projects in this section of the park were determined by the HRPT board in 2017 to require professional design and engineering services to maintain the required levels of public safety [4], whereupon Joanna Pertz Landscape Architect, P.C. (JPLA) was contracted and retained the services of MFS.

Hudson River Park Trust reports that 72% is already completed but “there’s still so much in store for Park visitors in the future.”

Pier 84 and the surrounding area, where Circle-Line Tours and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum are located, receives approximately 4.2 million visitors per year, as per the HRPT financing plan [5]. Pier 84 consists of a landscaped area for the public, a water feature, restaurant and boathouse. Given the high volume of tourists and commuters, prioritizing park maintenance is key. MFS' Site/Civil Engineering team was tasked with assisting JPLA in the restoration of a fire hydrant, requiring open cut excavation of the pier and development of construction documents illustrating all of the restorations of the existing site features.

Pier 84 Public Programming
Alex Staniloff

North of midtown, Pier 98-99, under of the jurisdiction of HRPT but not open to the public, encompasses a Sanitation Facility, as well as public utility parking and barge delivery [6]. Construction for this site, which included a new 190-foot-long by 35-foot-wide pile supported platform between Piers 98 and 99, was awarded to Moffat & Nichols (M&N) who subcontracted MFS' Geotechnical Engineering and Land Surveying services to support the project. MFS' Surveyors support included surveying physical features such as seawall, face of pier, walls, railing, mooring hardware, timber attached to the seawall/piers, and other items. Meanwhile the MFS Geotechnical Engineering team performed a desktop study to evaluate the subsurface conditions in the vicinity of Piers 98-99, following the study with a design soil profile to analyze the piles that will be used to support the new platform on site.

Pier 98-99
Alex Staniloff

In addition to the Hudson River Park projects, MFS has a diverse portfolio of waterfront and marina experience. Check out our latest projects to see all of our capabilities and services.


1. HRPT: Vision & Progress. (2019). Retrieved from
2. Heatherwick Studio: Design & Architecture: Pier55. (n.d.). Retrieved from
3. Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors, Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors (2017). Retrieved from
4.Meatpacking District. (n.d.). Retrieved from
5. Annual Financing Plan FY 2019 , Annual Financing Plan FY 2019 (2018). Retrieved from
6. Pier 99 – Hudson River Park. (2001, February 1). Retrieved from