Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Look closely at B2. See why "exterior facade adjustments" might be necessary on modules.

Look closely at the recent photo that accompanied my City Limits article yesterday, headlined Documents Reveal Woes at Pioneering Atlantic Yards Building.

The added arrow shows loose facade panel that has flipped back rather than stay flush to the building. That's not as widespread a problem as in the July 12, 2014 video I shot, when loose facade panels flapped loudly in the wind.

Still, it suggests that, while the building has certainly progressed since construction re-started earlier this year, flaws remain. "Exterior fa├žade adjustments and paint repairs are targeted to commence," the developer acknowledged in an 8/17/15 Construction Update issued by Empire State Development.

The building has risen six more floors, but we don't exactly know how well it's progressing. For example, how long did it take to build the modules? The developer and state won't say.

Pending questions, as of August 2014

Below, I've highlighted the 8/15/14 Daily Construction Report, one of the many documents gathered through a Freedom of Information Law request that was crucial to my article. Note that, as of that day, three issues were pending:

  • answers to questions on whether air monitoring could take place to measure mold where it wasn't visible
  • an assessment of discolored dry wall cross sections re suspected mold
  • continued observation regarding whether gaskets might be stressed

Today, say developer Forest City Ratner and Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing/shepherding the project, everything is fine. Surely the building has progressed. But we don't know how those pending questions were specifically answered.

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