The biggest IKEA in the biggest city reclaims the waterfront with an award winning park.

350,000 square feet
New Construction
Brooklyn, NY
  • Complex demolition challenges
  • Waterfront reclamation
  • Awards for the park
  • Parking on grade
  • Elevated building

In the role of Construction Manager, Aurora completed the redevelopment of the abandoned New York Ship Yard site into IKEA’s largest retail facility in the United States. Located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY, it required meticulous pre-planning that revealed complex challenges we needed expert consultation from the US Army Corps of Engineers who were doing a dredging project nearby, the Ambrose Channel. The project included:

  • Demolition and decommissioning of the existing shipyard facilities, environmental remediation of a Brownfield site including cleanup of underwater areas
  • Reconstruction of waterfront on New York Harbor
  • LEED silver certified with water saving technology of 60,000 gallons per month and over 70,000 SF of green roof
  • Pile supported steel framed structure with grade parking
  • Elevated loading docks, restaurant facilities, two floors of retail sales space, over 100,000 SF of retail warehouse sales space and back office facilities for over 300 employees
  • 6.5-acre waterfront esplanade/park for public use with unprecedented access to the Brooklyn waterfront
  • Reconstructed over a mile of waterfront with installation of sheet pile bulkhead, elevated platforms and a continuous walkway along the water’s edge
  • Removal of a 700-foot-long graving dock which was filled with over 110,000 cubic yards of sand dredged and barged to site from the ongoing Ambrose Channel dredging project
IKEA Red Hook - Exterior photo of building
IKEA Red Hook - Exterior photo of LoadingDock
IKEA Red Hook - Exterior photo of Waterfront
IKEA Red Hook - Interior photo of Registers
IKEA Red Hook - Interior photo of cafeteria
IKEA Red Hook - Interior photo of Marketplace
IKEA Red Hook - Interior photo of Concessions
IKEA Red Hook - Waterfront w/ Park