Monday, July 06, 2015

From the latest Construction Update: Saturday work coming; gates with acoustic blankets being added to block noise

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), released Thursday and covering the weeks dated July 6, 2015 and July 13, 2015, indicates that "Saturday work to address field conditions" will begin this week at two construction sites, B3 (Sixth Avenue and Dean Street), and B14 (Carlton Avenue and Dean Street).

That seems to be a euphemism for "we need to work weekends to meet our schedule." That adds additional noise to the neighborhood.

Also new is the replacement, at two work sites on the southeast block of the project site, of 16’ chain link gates with 8’ chain link with acoustics blanket. Given that chain link is porous regarding noise, presumably the smaller gates plus acoustic blankets will block more noise.

The Construction Update, released by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners, is an "effort to keep the Pacific Park Brooklyn Community aware of upcoming construction activities."

As in the most recent documents, the update uses an * and red type to indicate new work being reported. However, the application is inconsistent. In some cases, there is an asterisk but no red type, and in others, new work--compared to that in the previous alert--is not properly indicated.

Below are verbatim excerpts, with some commentary by me, in italics. The headings are bolded, and I have also bolded new information.

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B2 - 461 Dean Street, Modular Residential
• Work related to the erection of modules shall continue during this reporting period.
• Interior work will continue on modules that have already been installed.

Note that they are no longer indicating which floors they are working on; previously, they indicated Floors 13 and 14.

B3 - 38 Sixth Avenue
During this working period:
• The continuing of installation of the MPT [maintenance and protection of traffic] plan as approved by NYCDOT [Department of Transportation[ and ESD will take place during this reporting period. This includes the installation of the site fence, the acoustical blankets and gates as well as removal of street lights inside of the B3 MPT.
• Excavation and foundation activities have commenced & continue during this reporting period.
Work includes drilling of soldier piles for the SOE system, soil excavation and the installation of
lagging. Soil that has been classified as clean, or contaminated will be removed from the site as part
of the excavation activities and brought to appropriate disposal locations. Protocols for the trucks
entering and exiting the site have been put in place. These protocols provide instruction on
roadway routing to and from the project site, queuing of trucks while on site and vehicle idling
restrictions.
• The removal of the stationary bollards and retractable bollards will continue to take place during
this reporting period.
• *Saturday work to address field conditions within the site will commence during this reporting period, which will include further excavation work.

Excavation on Saturday could be loud.

LIRR Yard Activities – Night/Weekend Work
Tunnel Work
• Weekend Electrical Utility work (conduit and support installation) is being performed inside the LIRR Tunnel and will continue during this reporting period. Crews will access the Tunnel via the LIRR Yard entrance on Atlantic Avenue. This work is currently scheduled to continue through the end of 2015.

This can be quite disturbing to neighbors.

Block 1129
B11 – 550 Vanderbilt Avenue:
During this reporting period:
• Backfilling on the West foundation wall utilizing stockpiled material is ongoing.
• Furnish and install permanent three-sided tree guard for three trees located on the opposite side of Dean Street across the street from the site.
• On site preparation for the superstructure phase of construction will commence including the arrival of equipment.
Replacement of 16’ chain link gates with 8’ chain link with acoustics blankets. 

Note that the replacement of the chain link gates is new but was not marked as such.

Note that on site preparation for the superstructure phase of construction was supposed to commence during the previous reporting period.


B14- 535 Carlton Avenue:
During this reporting period:
• Excavation and foundation activities will continue during this reporting period. Work includes drilling of tie backs for the SOE system, excavation of soil to a depth of 40’ and the continued installation of lagging to the same elevation. 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.
Protocols for the trucks entering and exiting the site have been put in place. These protocols provide
instruction on roadway routing to and from the project site, queuing of trucks while on site and vehicle idling restrictions.
• A tie-back drill rig will continue drilling tie backs for the SOE system.
• Installation of spread footings and slab on grade is ongoing. A small crane is being used inside of the excavation to assist in concrete operations.
*A second small crane will be mobilized on Dean Street within the site during this reporting period.
• Installation of foundation waterproofing and pouring of foundation walls is ongoing.
*Saturday work to address field conditions within the site will commence during this reporting period. This work includes all work listed above.
• Site mobilization will continue consisting of electrical work to power contractor field office and
relocation of light poles to outside of site fence.
• Replacement of 16’ chain link gates with 8’ chain link with acoustics blankets. [new but not flagged as such

Note that the replacement of the chain link gates is new but was not marked as such.

How to Reach Pacific Park Brooklyn Community Liaison Office (CLO)

The Community Liaison Office is located at Atlantic Center Mall, 625 Atlantic Avenue on the 3rd floor. Visitors seeking the office should enter through the mall entrance located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and So. Portland Avenue. The CLO’s hours are M-F from 9am – 4pm and can be reached by phone at 866-923-5315 and by email at communityliaison@pacificparkbrooklyn.com.

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