Skip to main content

From the latest Construction Alert: progress on multiple fronts, but also the need for late-night and weekend work

There's not much dramatic in the latest two-week Atlantic Yards Construction Alert, dated 7/16/12 (and embedded below) and released yesterday by Empire State Development after preparation by Forest City Ratner.

According to the document, there's progress on numerous fronts, including testing of an escalator in the new subway entrance, erection of steel for the Carlton Avenue Bridge, and access to the Flatbush Avenue sidewalk.

Then again, as stated in recent documents, "overall schedule maintenance" (aka finishing the arena in September for a Sept. 28 opening, and getting the Carlton Avenue Bridge done by then) requires two and even three shifts, and weekend work, such as for pile drilling at the site for the first tower.

Note that "trenches for the power and broadcast cable are being installed [at the broadcast lot at dean street and Sixth Avenue] and will be encased in concrete," though Department of Transportation approval has not yet been granted and a Forest City executive last week said they'd stopped work pending approval.

Also, several passages that indicate work being completed or about to be completed are repeated verbatim from the previous alert, which indicates delays, bad editing, or both.

Below I've bolded changes from the previous alert.

Excavation
• All excavation within the arena walls is complete.
Steel Erection and Stadia Installation
• Precast stadia detailing will be completed this reporting period.
Façade Installation
• The façade contractor will continue the installation of the main entry, high halo steel lattice work in this reporting period. This installation will take place during a second and third shift while the canopy supplemental steel is being erected and while the façade is erected over an area where other trades work, due to the fact there are not two levels of deck between the façade pieces and the worker below, as required by OSHA Sub-Part R steel erection requirements. The permit for this third shift has been granted by NYC DOB.
Interior buildout
• Interior storefront and glazing will continue during this reporting period.
Subway Entrance: Demolition
Demolition work is complete.
Concrete
• The center stair platform concrete has been completed. Tile installation is now scheduled to be completed along with the stair risers.
Transit Canopy
• Roofing work will be completed and the green roof work will commence during this reporting period.
Elevator/Escalator
• Elevator and escalator work is now complete. Elevator testing is scheduled for this reporting period. Escalator 48 hour run test was performed successfully.
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
• Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work within the subway station below ground is substantially complete. Minor punch list work remains.
Carlton Ave. Bridge photo July 14 by AYInfoNYC
Carlton Ave. Bridge
• Erection of bridge steel has begun and will be ongoing through the next reporting periods.
• The MPT will remain in place until after all underground utilities and final asphalt approach work is completed.
Post Cutover
•The LIRR has begun operations in the north yard. Contractor forces are finishing various portions of the yard work that were not fully completed prior to the cutover. These include “Punchlist” items like the final coat of paving, installation of a few remaining lighting poles and fixtures and some other non-critical items. This will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
• Certain other items of work that can only happen after the trains were moved to the north yard will also occur. These include removal of the piles that previously supported the Trestle bridge and excavation and removal of midblock SOE to allow installation of the fourth storage track in BL 1120. Much of this work will take place in the evenings during the week, and on weekends as it can only be done when no LIRR trains are present.
In the previous alert, the predecessor to the above bolded words was "immediately following the cutover into July."

Block 1129
• The west wall of 752 Pacific Street was reinforced and fragments of the former building at 585 Dean Street were demolished. Sign off was received from the Engineers and a letter of completion was issued by DOB. FCRC is continuing to inspect other areas of the exterior and will perform maintenance as required.
•Interior curb work has begun and will continue during this reporting period, as will the installation of a mock up of the permanent fence.
Atlantic Avenue medians
The first section of medians between South Portland and Cumberland Streets is completed except for placement of the strip of asphalt at the perimeter. During the next two week period work will begin on the median from Clermont Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue. The remaining blocks between Flatbush and Vanderbilt will continue to take two to four weeks each.
Broadcast Lot – Block 1128
• The general contractor began work on June 25th. The site has been cleared and excavation is 90% complete. The trenches for the power and broadcast cable are being installed and will be encased in concrete. During the upcoming two week period, the light pole and wiring cabinet bases will be installed. The work is scheduled to be complete in August.
Previously, it was supposed to be complete in the fall.

Dean Street Playground Comfort Station
• The contractor mobilized on June 11th. The construction fence has been erected the site has been cleared, excavation has begun and foundations have been formed and poured. During this reporting period, the contractor will begin foundations and underground conduit and piping and begin masonry work. The work is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Tower 2
• Work commenced on July 10th on pile and foundation work required for T2 which will need to be in place prior to arena opening. DOB approval has been received and the permit has been issued for the first piece.
• Pile drilling work will take place during the weekend of July 21-22 during daytime hours.
Maintenance & Protection of Traffic
• The sidewalk work [on Flatbush Avenue] and improvements behind the MPT are nearing completion. Once the work is complete the pedestrian walkway will be relocated onto the new sidewalk along with new MPT in accordance with DOT and DOB approvals. This will allow the construction of the new bus pad and lay by lane to take place during evening hours.
• The remaining upper panels of the 16’ fence along Flatbush Avenue will start to be dismantled during this reporting period. The steel walkway adjacent to the Transit site will also be removed.
Repeated passages

The below passages were repeated from the previous alert, but should have been updated or edited.

Deliveries & Site Access
•Revisions to the perimeter construction fence are projected to continue this reporting period, in order to allow the site construction activity to continue. Revisions to the Atlantic Avenue fence may start this reporting period. A temporary sidewalk bridge has been placed over the Flatbush Avenue east side sidewalk during the erection of the main entry canopy. The permit has been secured for this work and the work is projected to start late during this reporting period.
Waterproofing & Fireproofing
• The waterproofing of the interior walls of the east and west stormwater retention tanks has been completed. The preparation for the testing of the tanks has begun. The testing is projected to start with the equalizer line this reporting period. The testing was delayed from the last period due to damage to the equalizer line. The damage has been repaired at the pipe and the tank entry and the testing program will continue in the field this reporting period. The reporting and documentation for the testing is under A/E and consultant review.
• Phase 1 of the permanent roofing is complete. The phase 2 permanent roofing is expected to be completed during this reporting period.
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing
• Temporary electric power will remain in place to supplement finish trades power needs until July 13, 2012, per current projections.
Atlantic Avenue Medians
• Work was expected to begin in late April 2012 on the remaining traffic mitigation work but was postponed due to delays in the City water main work east of Carlton Avenue. The city’s work was expected to be complete by early June but was completed in early July.
Maintenance & Protection of Traffic
• MPT remains in place on the southern side of Atlantic between Carlton & Vanderbilt Avenues. Posillico/Tully previously installed car shop roof support columns through openings that were core-drilled in the sidewalk and work continues underneath in the car shop. A new sidewalk has been poured and grading work is taking place between the sidewalk and yard fence above the car shop. The MPT will be removed during the next reporting period. All DOT permits remain in place.
Atlantic Yards Construction Alert 7-16-2012

Comments

  1. Anonymous8:49 AM

    Heard rumor they are trying to raise $18mm for a modular plant. Xsite in charge of this task.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Barclays Center/Levy Restaurants hit with suit charging discrimination on disability, race; supervisors said to use vicious slurs, pursue retaliation

The Daily News has an article today, Barclays Center hit with $5M suit claiming discrimination against disabled, while the New York Post headlined its article Barclays Center sued over taunting disabled employees.

While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.

Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with  referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”

Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”

There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…

Behind the "empty railyards": 40 years of ATURA, Baruch's plan, and the city's diffidence

To supporters of Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, it's a long-awaited plan for long-overlooked land. "The Atlantic Yards area has been available for any developer in America for over 100 years,” declared Borough President Marty Markowitz at a 5/26/05 City Council hearing.

Charles Gargano, chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, mused on 11/15/05 to WNYC's Brian Lehrer, “Isn’t it interesting that these railyards have sat for decades and decades and decades, and no one has done a thing about them.” Forest City Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco, in a 12/19/04 New York Times article ("In a War of Words, One Has the Power to Wound") described the railyards as "an empty scar dividing the community."

But why exactly has the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Vanderbilt Yard never been developed? Do public officials have some responsibility?

At a hearing yesterday of the Brooklyn Borough Board Atlantic Yards Committee, Kate Suisma…

Barclays Center event June 11 to protest plans to expand Israeli draft; questions about logistics

At right is a photo of a poster spotted in Hasidic Williamsburg right. Clearly there's an event scheduled at the Barclays Center aimed at the Haredi Jewish community (strict Orthodox Jews who reject secular culture), but the lack of English text makes it cryptic.

The website Matzav.com explains, Protest Against Israeli Draft of Bnei Yeshiva Rescheduled for Barclays Center:
A large asifa to protest the drafting of bnei yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel into the Israeli army that had been set to take place this month will instead be held on Sunday, 17 Sivan/June 11, at the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. So attendees at a big gathering will protest an apparent change of policy that will make it much more difficult for traditional Orthodox Jewish students--both Hasidic (who follow a rebbe) and non-Hasidic (who don't)--to get deferments from the draft. Comments on the Yeshiva World website explain some of the debate.

The logistical questions

What's unclear is how large the ev…

Atlanta's Atlantic Yards moves ahead

First mentioned in April, the Atlantic Yards project in Atlanta is moving ahead--and has the potential to nudge Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn further down in Google searches.

According to a 5/30/17 press release, Hines and Invesco Real Estate Announce T3 West Midtown and Atlantic Yards:
Hines, the international real estate firm, and Invesco Real Estate, a global real estate investment manager, today announced a joint venture on behalf of one of Invesco Real Estate’s institutional clients to develop two progressive office projects in Atlanta totalling 700,000 square feet. T3 West Midtown will be a 200,000-square-foot heavy timber office development and Atlantic Yards will consist of 500,000 square feet of progressive office space in two buildings. Both projects are located on sites within Atlantic Station in the flourishing Midtown submarket.
Hines will work with Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) as the design architect for both T3 West Midtown and Atlantic Yards. DLR Group will be t…

Forest City acknowledges unspecified delays in Pacific Park, cites $300 million "impairment" in project value; what about affordable housing pledge?

Updated Monday Nov. 7 am: Note follow-up coverage of stock price drop and investor conference call and pending questions.

Pacific Park Brooklyn is seriously delayed, Forest City Realty Trust said yesterday in a news release, which further acknowledged that the project has caused a $300 million impairment, or write-down of the asset, as the expected revenues no longer exceed the carrying cost.

The Cleveland-based developer, parent of Brooklyn-based Forest City Ratner, which is a 30% investor in Pacific Park along with 70% partner/overseer Greenland USA, blamed the "significant impairment" on an oversupply of market-rate apartments, the uncertain fate of the 421-a tax break, and a continued increase in construction costs.

While the delay essentially confirms the obvious, given that two major buildings have not launched despite plans to do so, it raises significant questions about the future of the project, including:
if market-rate construction is delayed, will the affordable h…

Revising official figures, new report reveals Nets averaged just 11,622 home fans last season, Islanders drew 11,200 (and have option to leave in 2018)

The Brooklyn Nets drew an average of only 11,622 fans per home game in their most recent (and lousy) season, more than 23% below the announced official attendance figure, and little more than 65% of the Barclays Center's capacity.

The New York Islanders also drew some 19.4% below announced attendance, or 11,200 fans per home game.

The surprising numbers were disclosed in a consultant's report attached to the Preliminary Official Statement for the refinancing of some $462 million in tax-exempt bonds for the Barclays Center (plus another $20 million in taxable bonds). The refinancing should lower costs to Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the arena operating company, by and average of $3.4 million a year through 2044 in paying off arena construction.

According to official figures, the Brooklyn Nets attendance averaged 17,187 in the debut season, 2012-13, 17,251 in 2013-14, 17,037 in 2014-15, and 15,125 in the most recent season, 2015-16. For hoops, the arena holds 17,732.

But official…

At 550 Vanderbilt, big chunk of apartments pitched to Chinese buyers as "international units"

One key to sales at the 550 Vanderbilt condo is the connection to China, thanks to Shanghai-based developer Greenland Holdings.

It's the parent of Greenland USA, which as part of Greenland Forest City Partners owns 70% of Pacific Park (except 461 Dean and the arena).

And sales in China may help explain how the developer was able to claim early momentum.
"Since 550 Vanderbilt launched pre-sales in June [2015], more than 80 residences have gone into contract, representing over 30% of the building’s 278 total residences," the developer said in a 9/25/15 press release announcing the opening of a sales gallery in Brooklyn. "The strong response from the marketplace indicates the high level of demand for well-designed new luxury homes in Brooklyn..."

Maybe. Or maybe it just meant a decent initial pipeline to Chinese buyers.

As lawyer Jay Neveloff, who represents Forest City, told the Real Deal in 2015, a project involving a Chinese firm "creates a huge market for…