Wednesday, October 16, 2013

From the latest Atlantic Yards Construction Update: no clarity on plans for concrete pour

The latest two-week Atlantic Yards Construction Update (below)  dated October 14 but released yesterday by Empire State Development after preparation, focuses almost exclusively on the B-2 modular tower, since the only work going on at the Long Island Rail Road yard involves repairs to the toilet service systems.

From the document, regarding B-2:
  • Erection of Structural Steel within the B2 site and Dean Street transfer foundation has been completed.
  • Installation of formwork and rebar for the metal deck slabs, cellar and 1st floor will be completed during this reporting period.
  • Work related to the concrete cellar floors will be completed during this reported. Pour will take place over a two day period with approximately 8 to 10 trucks per day.
  • Installation of temporary power and lights has been completed.
  • Once all slab work has been completed, backfill will commence.
  • Subject to receipt of all approvals from DOB/MTA/DOT, erection of the tower crane will commence during the week of October 28th
  • Daily cleanup activities of sidewalks and streets are ongoing as required.
(Emphases added)

Baffling opacity

The concrete work is described in a bafflingly opaque manner, because the previous alert, issued two weeks earlier, described something very similar:

  • Commence work related to the concrete cellar floors. Pour will take place over a two day period with approximately 8 to 10 trucks per day.

So I followed directions and queried Empire State Development: does *all* the work on the concrete cellar floors take two days, and was not done during the prior period, or whether a two-day pour already occurred, and another two-day pour is needed to complete the work.

I didn't get a response.

Atlantic Yards Construction Alert October 14, 2013

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