NEW YORK CITY-The US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Friday the selection of 10 architectural firms as finalists to design a storm protection system for the New York metro region and other sections of the Northeast.

“The 10 teams we selected stood out because of the talent they bring to the table, their pioneering ideas and their commitment to innovating with a purpose and competing not just to design but to build something,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated. “The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region.”

The competition, first announced in June, drew proposals from more than 140 architectural firms from 15 countries, according to Crain’s New York Business. Each of the finalists is partnered with a design school. Local firms in the final 10 include: WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Interboro Partners and HR&A Advisors. See story in Crain’s New York Business.