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On the Board

The Pavilions at Penfield Beach


Town of Fairfield


323 Fairfield Beach Rd

Fairfield, CT


20,000 SF


Foundation repair; extensive deck, ramp, and stair replacement; landscaping; and lighting

Penfield Pavilion, a 20,000 SF beachfront performance and event venue, was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. When the Pavilion reopened in 2017, following extensive renovation, the Town of Fairfield was issued a Notice of Violation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because the foundation that supported the main building was found to be non-compliant with minimum floodplain management criteria. Additionally, the fill located below the main structure and the locker rooms was identified as contaminated and required remediation. In 2021, JSA conducted a FEMA compliance study that addressed floodplain noncompliance and the existence of contaminated fill at the site. On behalf of the Town, the JSA team developed a new site plan to rehabilitate the Penfield Pavilion to achieve compliance with all FEMA requirements, while simultaneously working with environmental engineering group Weston and Sampson to remediate the contaminated soils.

In conjunction with compliance measures, JSA extensively redesigned the boardwalk, entrance stairs, deck platform and skirting, lighting, and landscaping to further improve the pavilion’s aesthetic appeal. The newly expanded deck, with ADA-compliant ramps and stainless-steel handrails, offers greater functionality and accessibility. All materials and details of the decking and boardwalk were specified to safely break away in the event of a catastrophic weather event, and high-performing anti-corrosion materials will further enhance the Pavilion’s longevity. 

From the inception of the project, JSA recognized the importance of preserving the structural integrity of the building while performing all necessary work. Working in concert with consulting engineers, Michael Horton Associates and Langan Engineering, the design team added reinforcements and vertical pilings to supplement the existing structural system. As completed, the new site plan will fully comply with all current DEEP, EPA, and USACE regulations.

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