Two more contractors are awaiting the contract award
The beginning of heavy demolition inside the Broadway-Nassau-Fulton subway station says it all: The Fulton Street Transit Center is rolling ahead. The $1.4 billion complex is fully funded, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is ahead of schedule issuing the last two contracts that will see the project complete by June 2014.
Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, MTA Capital Construction president, presented the latest project information to Community Board 1 this week. He said because of the tremendous progress inside and around the station, his team is already putting together requests for proposals (RFPs) for both the R/W Cortlandt station’s southbound-platform restoration, and for the main Transit Center building -- the latter about six months earlier than expected.
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There also are two more contracts with winning bidders awaiting contract award. Judlau Construction is on the brink of mobilizing the Corbin Building’s rehabilitation, starting with scaffolding erection around the landmark building. And Skanska Construction -- which already holds contracts for the A/C mezzanine reconstruction and the main building’s foundation -- will begin finishing work on the Dey Street Concourse next month.
Steel is rapidly filling out the substructure of the main building site at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street. Horodniceanu said that steel installation began January 18th and has made steady progress. On the west side of that foundation, the secant-pile wall that allowed for excavation is now being removed, letting crews tie together the main building with the 4/5 platforms and Dey Street underpass.
Horodniceanu reported that “work is moving along swiftly” at the A/C mezzanine, where temporary stairs have allowed crews to demolish the switchback ramps that once led to confused commuters. The historic artworks that adorned that mezzanine have been removed and stored for eventual reinstallation in the new station, which will be air-tempered during the summer.
To accommodate the mezzanine work and construction of a new entrance at Fulton and William Streets, the A and C trains will bypass the station on weekends from March through October 2010 (except for major holiday weekends). By 2013, the A/C platform will lead to the grand new Transit Center building, nicknamed the “mixing bowl” as a hub of intersecting subway riders.
At the base of the Corbin Building, at Broadway and John, underpinning is nearly complete -- as is the filling-in of a shallow well discovered in its sub-basement. With that work complete mid-March, steel installation at the base of the building will begin, allowing crews to start initial escalator construction that will serve as a new station entrance on John Street.
Also starting in March, crews will work weekdays to rebuild building vaults and sidewalks on Broadway from Dey to Cortlandt -- always maintaining a protected walkway and business access. That work ties into the new Dey Street entrance house and 4/5 station rehabilitation, slated for mid-2012 completion.
To help maintain service, clarify wayfinding, and inform passengers of progress, Horodniceanu said more agents are stationed throughout the complex, and brochures, train announcements, and media alerts are being issued.
He also responded to CB1’s question about leaks in the new South Ferry terminal by saying the station was expected to have some areas requiring minor repairs, and as such, grouting and other fixes were budgeted for.