Tuesday, September 01, 2015

From the latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update: Saturday and evening work to continue at 535 Carlton site

According to the latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Brooklyn Construction Updated, for the two weeks beginning 8/31/15 (but distributed this morning at 10:35 am),  Saturday work as well as work up until 9 pm during weekdays will continue at the 535 Carlton Avenue site (aka B11).

The explanation, as in the past, is "to address field conditions," which pretty much means "because we want to get more done."

Note continued work on the interior and facade of modules at the B2 site.

There's not that much different from the work announced in the update two weeks ago.

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Below are sections of the document verbatim, with purportedly new information introduced by an asterisk and in red, plus my comments in italics.


B2 - 461 Dean Street, Modular Residential
During this reporting period:
• Work related to the erection of modules shall continue.
• Interior work will continue on modules that have already been installed.
• *Exterior fa├žade adjustments and paint repairs ongoing. Work will commence after module erection operations are completed for the day. All work will be performed within the construction fenced perimeter.

Note that interior work and facade adjustments undermine the notion of prefabrication.
B3 - 38 Sixth Avenue
During this reporting period:
• *Excavation and foundation activities, including the drilling of piles and material delivery, shall occur during this reporting period. Soil that has been classified as clean or contaminated will continue to be removed from the site as part of the excavation activities and brought to appropriate disposal locations.
• Pile installation and load tests will continue during this reporting period.
• Saturday work to address field conditions within the site will occur during this reporting period. This work includes all work listed above.

The above excavation and foundation activities were announced in the previous alert.

Arena Green Roof
During this reporting period:
• Delivery of architectural metals and other materials continue during this reporting period and will be lifted to the roof utilizing the Atlantic Avenue crane when needed. Deliveries will come through the Atlantic Avenue gate utilizing flagmen to direct traffic.
• Protocols for the trucks entering and exiting the site have been put in place to provide clarification and instruction for on roadway routing to and from the project site, queuing of trucks while on site and vehicle idling restrictions.

LIRR Yard Activities - Block 1120 & 1121
During this reporting period:
• The Contractor will continue 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. 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.
• Support of Excavation (SOE) work including the installation of lagging and tiebacks will continue within this area.
• Manhole and duct bank installations will be ongoing in Blocks 1120 and 1121 during this reporting period.
• Foundation footing and pier rebar, formwork, concrete installations and back-filling behind wall will be ongoing in Blocks 1120 and 1121 throughout this reporting period.
• Pacific Street Retaining wall rebar, formwork, and concrete installations will be ongoing in Block 1120 and 1121 throughout this reporting period.
• Excavation, formwork and underpinning for future removal of LIRR Atlantic Avenue Tunnel wall will continue throughout this reporting period.

LIRR Yard Activities – Atlantic Avenue
• MPT
o The sidewalk on the west side of the 6th Avenue Bridge (between Pacific and Atlantic) will remain closed to pedestrians;
o The MPT will remain in place on the far west lane of the 6th Avenue Bridge from Pacific Street to Atlantic Avenue.

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 and is currently scheduled to continue through the end of 2015.

Block 1129
• Vibration Monitoring stipulated by the Construction Protection Plan continues to be implemented.

B11 – 550 Vanderbilt Avenue:
During this reporting period:
• *Superstructure phase of construction continues. The installation of a crane is expected to occur on August 29, 2015, which will require the temporary closure of Dean Street between Vanderbilt
Avenue and Carlton Avenue and the closing of one lane of Vanderbilt Avenue for the crane installation, subject to DOT approvals and permits. A community notice with details regarding the
crane assembly has been distributed.
• *Other related equipment and materials will be delivered to the site for ongoing superstructure work including concrete pours. Carpenters are performing formwork for third floor columns, shear
walls and slabs.
• *Site backfilling will continue during this period.
• The temporary removal of a fire hydrant within the B11 footprint on Dean Street is scheduled for 8/31/15 and 9/1/15. Water shut-down on Dean Street is required for this work on 9/1/15 and DEP
will notify the community.

This is a little odd. The crane installation happened this past weekend, and the announcement was in the previous Construction Update. Nobody seems to have edited it. As for the temporary removal of the fire hydrant, well, shouldn't they have told people beforehand? And why wasn't that in red? (It was supposed to happen in the previous reporting period.)

B14- 535 Carlton Avenue:
During this reporting period:
• 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 the Carlton Avenue side of the construction site during this reporting period.
• Site mobilization will continue consisting of electrical work to power contractor field office and relocation of light poles to outside of site fence.
• An existing crane used during the excavation and foundation period is expected to leave the site during this period.
• Saturday work as well as work up until 9 pm during weekdays to address field conditions within the site will occur during this reporting period. This work includes all work listed above.
• The removal of equipment, including but not limited to a mobile crane, excavator and pay loader.
• Superstructure phase of construction continues; which will include concrete pouring for various columns, shear walls, and floor slabs in this two week period. Materials for superstructure will continue to be delivered to the site.

B-15 (6th Ave and Pacific Street)
During this reporting period:
• *Preliminary environmental sampling will continue on the site. Work will consist of drilling sample borings and/or hand excavation.
• *Geotechnical borings and test pits will be performed this period. Soil and well borings will be drilled with the use of a limited access drill rig, when required. Test pits within the sidewalks and basements of existing properties will be hand excavated.
• Broadcast lot will be shared/ utilized by both the arena and the B2 site for temporary storage of
equipment.

The environmental sampling began in the last period.
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See the document below for how to Reach Pacific Park Brooklyn Community Liaison Office (CLO) and information regarding eligibility to get double-paned or storm windows and an in-window air
conditioning unit to block noise.


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