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The BayArc Flood Remediation System
Winner - Gold
Designer: Mark Sarkisian & SOM Design Team
Design Type: Engineering Design
Company / Organization / School: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The BayArc™: A Tidal Responsive Barrier The BayArc™ is a minimal, lightweight and environmentally sensitive system designed to protect the San Francisco Bay Area from periodic high water levels associated with Sea Level rise. It operates on organic principles of buoyancy and the structural efficiency associated with net membranes and tension. It is a concept that has the potential to eliminate billions of dollars in permanent levees and localized Bay Area flood protection without compromising the Bay’s system of ecology and commerce.