Tuesday, July 22, 2014

From the latest Atlantic Yards Construction Alert: pace of modules increases, to 246 of 930

According to the latest two-week Atlantic Yards Construction Alert (below), dated and distributed July 21 by Empire State Development after preparation by Forest City Ratner, there were some 57 modules delivered to the B2 modular tower in a two-week period, far more than 24 in the previous two weeks and even 48 in the period before that.

The total is now about 246 of 930 modules. [UPDATED] Should a pace of 50 every two weeks be maintained--which depends on the factory--the modules could be delivered in just 28 weeks. There's surely additional work after that, but it's possible the building could be finished much closer to its previous December 2014 completion date rather than a year later.

Also, work promised in the previous alert--such as constriction of Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street for construction activities--has begun or is expected to begin.

Below are some verbatim excerpts from the report.

B-2 Tower, Modular Residential



  • Erection of 9th floor is complete and the 10th module erection will follow during this reporting period. During this same period mechanical, plumbing and electrical mate line work will continue. 



  • Masonry and spray on fireproofing on the 1st floor are completed. Exterior and interior wall framing will begin during this reporting period. 



  • Hoist is operational and will continue to be jumped up the building during this reporting period. 



  • Work related to the perimeter framing for the metal panels on the 1st floor and Dean Street entrance will continue during this reporting period.


  • LIRR Yard Activities - Block 1120 & 1121 


  • Pacific Street between 6th Avenue and Carlton Avenue has been converted to one-way only (westerly traffic flow) and MPT has been installed along the north side of Pacific Street in order to allow for pile drilling preparations in this area. Work will include support of excavation (SOE) work including the installation of soldier piles, lagging and tiebacks.



  • During this reporting period, the contractor will prepare the area inside of the Pacific Street MPT for drilling. This work includes sidewalk removal, grading, and relocation of light poles.



  • Pile drilling along the north side of Pacific Street is scheduled to begin during this reporting period and is expected to take approximately 4 months to complete. During this time period the north sidewalk will be closed. Once pile drilling is complete, the MPT will be shifted further north allowing two-way traffic to be returned on Pacific Street; however the north sidewalk in the area of the work will remain closed for ongoing SOE installations. The MPT will remain in this location with this portion the north sidewalk closed for approximately 8 months. Noise blankets will be installed on the chain link fence around the work area. Compressors will be located below grade in the LIRR yard.



  • During this reporting period, demolition of the existing concrete site access ramp will begin at the west end of Block 1120 just east of 6th Avenue. Construction access to the yard will be shifted to the earthen ramp located on Pacific Street just east of Carlton Avenue, which will be completed during this reporting period.



  • During this reporting period, the Contractor will begin excavation and hauling of soil from Blocks 1120 and 1121. Soil that has been classified as clean, contaminated or hazardous will be removed from the site as part of the excavation activities and brought to appropriate disposal locations.



  • Contractor will continue installation of tiebacks, lagging, excavation of soil and demolition of the lower portion of the concrete retaining wall along Pacific Street, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues during this reporting period.



  • All work shall be done during daytime hours pursuant to approved DOT permits; while not expected, if required, any nighttime or weekend work would be pursuant to proper permits and advance notification will be given to the community.



  • Particulate monitoring will continue during these activities and soil will be kept damp as needed.


  • LIRR Yard Activities – Atlantic Avenue



  • During this reporting period, installation of Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) work on Atlantic Ave, between Fort Greene Place and South Cumberland Street will commence. MPT installations, which will include removal of existing concrete medians (starting at Fort Greene Place and proceeding east), placing MPT barriers and shifting/altering of traffic lanes (3 westbound lanes and 2 eastbound lanes will be maintained throughout the term of the MPT installation), will allow for construction of the LIRR West Portal along the south side of Atlantic Avenue. MPT installations along Atlantic Avenue will be modified as work progresses. This work will be ongoing and MPT will be in place along Atlantic Avenue for approximately 24 months. Transportation Enforcement Agents (TEAs) will be in place, as outlined in the DOT permit stipulations.



  • This MPT installation and striping is being done at night per DOT permit stipulations and is expected to take 2 nights to complete.



  • With the MPT is in place, the Contractor will begin work to remove the Atlantic Avenue concrete median. This work will be done during daytime hours. Equipment used during the course of this work may include hoe rams and/or jackhammers. A noise shroud (noise blanket) will be placed around any hoe ram that may be used. Quieter make/model jackhammers as described in DEP noise code will be used if such are required.


  • How to Reach Our Community Liaison Office (CLO)



  • The Community Liaison Office is located at 752 Pacific Street. The CLO’s hours are M-F from 9am–4pm and the phone number, 866-923-5315 and email, communityliaison@atlanticyards.com will remain the same. Visitors seeking the office should enter through the guard booth at the corner of Carlton Avenue and Pacific Street.

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