Croton Watershed Dams

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Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY

Client: The City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection

Project Type: Restoration, Archival research

John G. Waite Associates, Architects has served for over 15 years as the architectural consultant to Washington Group International, an engineering firm which designed the rehabilitation of control and valving systems for dams in the Croton River and Catskill Watersheds, part of the New York City water supply system. For each dam, JGWA undertook archival research to determine the original appearance of the dam and subsequent alterations, and prepared presentation drawings for regulatory approval. This work was followed by contract documents for the restoration of stone gatehouses; the stone and concrete masonry face of the dams; clay tile and metal roofing; wrought iron windows and doors; gate chambers; and original railing systems. In addition, the firm provided historically appropriate designs for new facilities adjacent to the dams, and resident architectural services during the construction phases of the restoration work.

In 1994, JGWA received the Award for Excellence in Design from the Art Commission of the City of New York for the Cross River Dam. In 1997, the project was awarded an Award of Merit by the Concrete Industry Board Inc. of New York.