Tuesday, December 24, 2013

From the latest Atlantic Yards Construction Alert: no module deliveries this week or next (but work on B2 foundation and utilities)

Updated 12/27/13 with Brooklyn Paper mention.

Further evidence that the initial delivery and stacking of modules for the B2 tower was mostly a media event, as I contended, appears in the latest two-week Atlantic Yards Construction Alert (bottom), prepared by developer Forest City Ratner and distributed yesterday by Empire State Development.

The document, dated 12/23/13, states, "Deliveries commenced on Wednesday, night, December 11th. No deliveries are scheduled to take place during this reporting period." In a November news report, Forest City said deliveries would start in January.

Sure, this week and next are holiday weeks, sort of, but if they really wanted to get the building done on a tight schedule, they'd be building, right?

I had some Twitter back-and-forth with Jason O'Keefe, a construction professional with knowledge of the project, who--as shown in the screenshot--speculated that the companies involved weren't working this week and next.

I noted that they weren't delivering modules last week, either. His response: "Part show, part schedule IMO."

The 12/9/13 Construction Alert was rather ambiguous, in retrospect, stating:
  • Deliveries are expected to occur on weekdays and week nights, with the first delivery expected to be Monday night, December 9.
  • There will be daytime and nighttime deliveries of modules. A maximum of four nighttime and four daytime deliveries are permitted.
  • Deliveries are expected to occur on weekdays and week nights.
  • There may be a ramp up period where initial deliveries have fewer than four nighttime and daytime deliveries.
As it turns out, the modules were delivered two nights later than initially planned, given the weather.

And there's been not quite a ramp-up period, "where initial deliveries have fewer than four nighttime and daytime deliveries," but more of an episodic effort, in which there was one set of deliveries aimed at the media event.

Brooklyn Paper follow-up

A 12/27/13 Brooklyn Paper article reported:
B2 is supposed to rise to 32 stories at the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue, but the media event that showcased the installation of the second block on Dec. 12 was never supposed to signal the beginning of a new period of construction, claimed Ratner spokesman Michael Rapforge [sic; actually Rapfogel] on Thursday, saying that the plan was always to start slotting the apartment pieces in mid-January. But Rapforge’s explanation flies in the face of what his colleague, head of construction Rob Sanna, told us at the inaugural block drop-in.
“We’ll be erected the mods now through the summer, when we’ll go into the period of on-site work,” Sanna said back then.
Below are some verbatim selections from the Construction Alert.

B-2 Tower, Modular Residential
• Installation of site utilities will continue during this reporting period within the MPT and Dean Street.
• Backfilling will continue during this reporting period between the arena and B2 foundation wall.
• Pouring of the K walls will continue during this reporting period. Located on the perimeter of the 1st floor, these walls are 3’ in height. Pour will require 1-2 concrete trucks and all work will take place within the MPT. This work is slated to take 2 weeks, but actual performance is weather dependent.
• Spray on fireproofing will continue during this reporting period, weather permitting.
• Rough in for the MEP trades will continue during this reporting period.
• Block work on the 1st sub-cellar and cellar will continue during this reporting period.
• Installation of temporary power and lights will be maintained throughout the project. This is an on-going activity.
• Daily cleanup activities of sidewalks and streets are ongoing as required.
• Tentatively there are no construction activities scheduled for the upcoming Saturdays during this reporting period. No work will take place on the site on December 25th or January 1st.

LIRR Yard Activities Block 1120 & 1121
• Stage 2C work has commenced and will consist of Support of Excavation (SOE) work along Pacific Street between Carlton Ave and Vanderbilt Ave. SOE installation will include drilling of 106 24” diameter soldier piles, installation of lagging, installation of tiebacks, excavation/disposal of soil and demolition and removal of the existing concrete retaining wall. Work is anticipated to be completed in June 2014.
• Contractor will continue drilling the 24” diameter soldier piles along Pacific Street from the inside of the LIRR yard during this reporting period. The drilling equipment will be located within the rail yard. Sound – dampening blankets have been installed along the length of fence on Pacific Street, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues.

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