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From the latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update: more evening work "to address field conditions"; outreach regarding noise control

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Brooklyn Construction Update, covering the two weeks beginning Monday August 3 and delivered yesterday by Empire State Development after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners, announces that Saturday work continues at the B3 and B14 tower sites, and evening work until 9 pm weekdays continues at the latter site.

The explanation is "to address field conditions," which I surmise is another way to say "to meet our schedule." The 9 pm work was announced last Monday at the very last minute.

B3 is at the corner of Dean Street and Sixth Avenue, and B14 is at the corner of Dean Street and Carlton Avenue.

Also notable: for the first time, as far as I know, the Construction Update explains how neighbors in a very specific radius of the site can apply for double-pane windows and/or air conditioners to block some of the noise from construction.

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

B2 - 461 Dean Street, Modular Residential

During this working period:
• Work related to the erection of modules shall continue.
• Interior work will continue on modules that have already been installed.

Note that they are no longer indicating which floors they are working on, but the building is up to Floor 16, it was stated at a meeting last week. It's unclear why interior work is necessary on modules that are supposed to be delivered finished.

B3 - 38 Sixth Avenue

During this working period:
• Excavation and foundation activities have commenced & continue 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. Additional equipment needed for pile installation will arrive during this period.
• Saturday work to address field conditions within the site may occur during this reporting period.

Note "field conditions."

Arena Green Roof

• Architectural metals delivery continues during this reporting period and will be lifted to the roof utilizing the Atlantic Avenue crane. 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 during this reporting period.
• Manhole and duct bank installations will be ongoing in Blocks 1120 and 1121 during this reporting period.
• Foundation footing and pier rebar, formwork, and concrete installations 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.
•  Demolition of Atlantic Avenue retaining wall in Block 1120 will continue during this reporting period.

LIRR Yard Activities – Atlantic Avenue
• MPT [Maintenance and Protection of Traffic]
o 6th Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street has been restored to two-way traffic.
o Pedestrian crossing at Atlantic and 6th Avenues now takes place at the east, west, south and north sides of the intersection;
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.
•  Excavation and hauling of soil will be ongoing during this reporting period.
• Support of Excavation (SOE) work including the installation of lagging and tiebacks will continue within this area during reporting period.

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 mobilizing on site, including a new crane that will be installed during this period, and use of a mobile crane related to this work. Other related equipment and materials will be delivered to the site for ongoing superstructure work.

The size and placement of the new crane is unclear,

B14- 535 Carlton Avenue: 

During this reporting period:
• Excavation and foundation activities will continue during this reporting period. Work includes drilling of tiebacks 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 be demobilized 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.
• Installation of foundation waterproofing and pouring of foundation walls is ongoing.
• Site mobilization will continue consisting of electrical work to power contractor field office and
relocation of light poles to outside of site fence.
Mobilization will commence on site for superstructure phase of the project, including arrival of a mobile crane and deliveries of material.
Construction of columns shear walls and cellar slab will begin during this reporting period.
•  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 tie-back drill rig was supposed to be demobilized during the previous reporting period. And the second small crane was supposed to be mobilized.

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

Noise Receptor Control Program
You may be eligible to receive and have installed double paned or storm windows and an in-window air conditioning unit for certain residential units where such air conditioning and/or double paned windows/storm windows do not exist today. The cost of any windows and any air conditioning units, and the cost of their installation, would be borne by the Developer.
The locations that may be eligible at this time are the residential sites in proximity to site construction and identified in the 2006 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) or the 2014 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) as having the potential to experience significant adverse noise impacts during the construction of the Pacific Park Brooklyn project.
In order to schedule an on-site inspection by the Developer to determine which windows may be eligible for replacement and/or AC units provided please contact:
Roberta Fearon
Forest City Ratner Companies Tel: (718) 923-5314 Email: rfearon@fcrc.com
or
Irma Barrera
Forest City Ratner Companies Tel: (718) 923-5306 ibarrera@fcrc.com

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