PROJECT: MTA - Fulton Street Transit Center
PROJECT LOCATION: Fulton Street & Broadway, New York, NY
CLIENT: Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityPROJECT SIZE: 180,000 SFTYPE OF BUILDING: New Building
Plaza Construction Corp. and Schiavone Construction Co. LLC formed Plaza-Schiavone Joint Venture to construct the new Fulton Street Transit Center. The joint venture is the successful lump sum bidder serving as General Contractor for "The Jewel of Lower Manhattan" for the MTA. The scope of work for the Transit Center consists of the complete building enclosure from the existing street level foundation through the roof. The facade is blast resistant comprised of structural steel and glass topped with a glass dome skylight and clad in stainless steel panels. The interior of the building is constructed of architecturally exposed structural steel, glass storefronts, stainless steel panels, GFRC column covers and ceilings, granite flooring and decorated with a cable net structure with reflective artwork panels. Spiral stairs, elevators and escalators shuttle passengers between the A, C and 4, 5 subways and connects to the 1, 9, R and W trains. The facility has state of the art communication and electrical systems, is completely ventilated, fully sprinklered and houses four Con Edison transformers and Network Protectors. The roof is constructed of stainless steel standing seam. The Transit Center is connected on the south to the landmark Corbin Building and is framed on three sides by new "Canyon of Heroes" custom sidewalks and granite curbs. The project is scheduled to be open to the public in February 2014.
PROJECT: Eleven Times Square
PROJECT LOCATION: Eleven Times Square
CLIENT: SJP PropertiesPROJECT SIZE: 1.1 Million SFTYPE OF BUILDING: Commercial Office/Retail BaseARCHITECT: FxFowle Architects
Eleven Times Square, the newest office building in Manhattan’s most exciting business district sits on a 38,000 SF footprint located 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. 11 Times Square is an extraordinary, environmentally responsible modern building befitting its marquee location. The design features a sculptural composition of forms sheathed in combinations of sheer glass curtainwall and unique “silk-glass” spandrel panels. The north façade of the building slopes out giving the New York City skyline a unique look. Private roof terraces with glass windscreens are located on several of the building setbacks. Exterior sunshades animate the portions of the southern and western facades while improving thermal comfort and reducing glare. High-performance, spectrally selective Low-E glass is used in the curtain wall and helps this “green” building achieve LEED Gold Certification from U.S. Green Building Council. 11 Times Square stands 600 feet tall and consists of 40 occupied stories above grade with one cellar. The new state-of-the-art building is approximately 1,100,000 SF. The office lobby is located prominently at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 41st Street. The 3-story lobby has full height cast-glass panels and hand-chiseled marble columns, with granite floors. The office floors rise from the 3rd floor to the 38th and have 9’6” floor-to-ceiling glass with a 5’0” wide window module. There are no corner columns resulting in dramatic open spaces with spectacular views. A street level retail component also occupies one floor below grade, and one floor above, with significant frontage on W42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, and two prominent entrances. For the first time in New York City, 11 Times Square was built with the core first system, building the concrete core above the steel perimeter frame. To coordinate this process three cranes were internalized, one was utilized for building the concrete core, and two were used for the rising of the steel. Plaza also launched a very aggressive safety initiative during the building of this project. Richard Wood, President of Plaza, presented this safety program during Commissioner Robert LiMandri’s Build Safe Conference. The presentation can be viewed on our website: www.plazaconstruction.com . The core first system enabled us to build not only on time and under budget, but also without any safety issues. The 11 Times Square project also included the construction of a new entrance to the 42nd Street station on the 8th Avenue subway line. One of the challenges with the construction of this entrance was an existing 48 inch sewer line that blocked the new entrance. To solve this problem, the sewer line was rerouted around the new entrance, stairs, and escalators. Most of this work had to be performed at night as not to disturb the routine of the daily activity in this busy area of town. A portion of the existing station was removed and replaced with new steel and concrete to accommodate the new entrance. This new entrance was completed without disruption of service to the 8th Avenue line and the existing public spaces. LEED Rated Pending Gold Status
PROJECT: Spring Creek HS/IS
PROJECT LOCATION: 1065 Elton Street, Brooklyn, NY
CLIENT: SCAPROJECT SIZE: 153,000 SFTYPE OF BUILDING: New School
This new school is located near the new Gateway Plaza Mall, just off the Belt Parkway in Brookly, in a newly developed neighborhood. The new school building will have a capacity to accommodate approximately 1200 intermediate and high school students. The facility will include an auditorium, gymnasium, two cafeterias and approximately 53 classrooms and associated support facilities. A recently completed athletic facility is located only a block away. The building consists of a structural steel frame four stories tall supported on spread footings. An innovative foundation concept, using vibratory ground improvement in lieu of piles or other more traditional deep methods, will support the structure. The facade is mainly masonry cavity wall with some precast and metal panels. Heating and air conditioning is supplied from rootop packaged high efficiency units, supplemented with perimeter hydronic system. The electrical systems feature state-of-the-art network and communcations systems.
PROJECT: PS 331K
PROJECT LOCATION: 7002 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY
CLIENT: SCAPROJECT SIZE: 100,000 SFTYPE OF BUILDING: New SchoolARCHITECT: Mount Vernon Group Architects
This new school is located in the Bay Ridge Area of Brooklyn NY on the site where the Bay Ridge Methodist church once stood. The facade is a brick masonry cavity wall with some precast and metal panels. The facade also includes a clock tower as well as the original rosette window from the previous church incorporated into the building design. Heating and air conditioning is supplied from rooftop packaged high efficiency units, supplemented with perimeter hydronic system. The electrical systems feature state-of-the-art network and communications systems. The new school building will accommodate approximately 2,474 students, and will include a multi-purpose performance space, gymnasium, cafeteria and approximately 38 classrooms and associated support facilities. The building consists of a structural steel frame four stories tall supported on piles and spread footings.
PROJECT: City Hall Renovation, Phase II
PROJECT LOCATION: 1 City Hall Park, New York, NY
CLIENT: Department of Citywide Administrative ServicesPROJECT SIZE: 20,000 SFTYPE OF BUILDING: Landmarked BuildingARCHITECT: Beyer Blinder Belle
Plaza Construction Corp was selected as the General Contractor for the Phase II Renovation of City Hall at 1 City Hall Park. Work was done throughout the 3 story landmarked building. The architectural and engineering highlights of this project included installing new Fan Coil Units, new LULA Elevator between the 2nd and 3rd floor, 12 new air handling units, new sprinkler system, electrical panel and risers, two cooling towers on roof to service new chillers, and new fire alarm system throughout building. Restoration of damaged plaster and historic woodwork was completed throughout the building and the landmarked stairs were reconstructed. The historical cast iron steam radiators were refubished and 8 bathrooms were upgraded with new fictures, roughing, and finishes.
PROJECT: Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market
PROJECT LOCATION: 725 Exterior Street
Bronx, NYCLIENT: The Related Companies/BTM Development Partners LLC c/o Related Retail CorporationPROJECT SIZE: 1 Million SF/retail; 1Million SF/parkingTYPE OF BUILDING: Retail/ParkingARCHITECT: Brennan Beer Gorman Architects; Greenberg Farrow
Plaza Construction has been hired as the Construction Manager for the redevelopment of 16.5 acres of former food/produce market and the Bronx Men’s House of Detention into 1 million SF of retail space and is required parking. Much of the historic stonework (including the BMHD guard house, visitor’s entrance, and frieze panel band) will be salvaged and utilized in the construction. The PROW Building, a V configured structure, will be renovated while maintaining the existing general appearance. Two 500,000 SF multi-story “big box” retail buildings will be constructed. Other smaller buildings will be used for medium & small retail as well as restaurants. Home Depot, Staples, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Best Buy, and Marshall’s are just a few of the future tenants. A 1-million SF multi-level parking garage structure will also be built on-site. Challenges include the expansion of an off ramp for the Major Deegan Expressway, the complete replacement of all utilities, storm & sanitary sewer, water, gas, telephone and electric for 1400 feet of Exterior Street, accommodating the foundations for the MDE widening, and remediations the entire 16.5 acres under the DEPs Brown Fields program. The project includes a LEEDS agreement which obligates re-use of materials. This will be achieved by salvaging all masonry and concrete from the demolished buildings and turning that material into recycled concrete aggregate or recycled concrete. This process will be performed on-site utilizing crushing equipment. The grand opening is scheduled for September 2009.