The Fulton Center is on schedule to open in summer 2014
Side by side along Broadway, the modern, glass-and-steel Fulton Center building stands beside the newly restored Corbin Building, exemplifying much of what Lower Manhattan is known for: rich history and contemporary revitalization. Located on the east side of Broadway between Fulton and John, the two buildings together form the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new $1.4 billion Fulton Center.
Click here to view a slideshow of the Fulton Center in spring 2013.
With just over one year left to complete the new complex, several new and renovated elements already are in use -- including new entrances at Broadway and Dey Street, 135 William, and other locations. MTA Program Executive Uday Durg presented these and other updates to Community Board 1 this spring, noting that construction staging areas continue to shrink -- a sign of the recent progress that's been made. By mid-year, crews will have MPTs set up only around Broadway at Fulton, Dey, and John Streets for the remaining fit-out, through June 2014.
Click here to view the full MTA presentation.
"As you can see, the Fulton Center is becoming a reality," said Durg. "And in some areas, customers are already getting the benefits of it."
Durg focused his presentation on recent milestones at the landmark Corbin Building, which underwent more than two years of meticulous work to restore the 1889 structure to its exact original specifications. Most notably, the building's exterior was repaired -- including its wooden window frames and remarkable cast-iron and terra-cotta details -- and its facade restored exactly as it originally appeared.
Inside the Corbin, interiors also were restored according to original building plans, with wood wall panels and window treatments in place to complement details like crown molding and the intricate iron spiral staircase. The building's ornate fireplaces also were restored (though they will remain non-functional), while life-safety systems, energy-efficient equipment, and back-up generators were added improvements for future tenants.
Click here to view a slideshow of the Corbin during renovations.
At the top of the Corbin, twin copper pyramids were built on the east and west ends of the roof to match the building's original designs.
With Corbin Building work now substantially complete, the MTA recently removed sidewalk barricades to reopen the John Street sidewalk. The new street-level entrance at the base of the building now features a new steel awning -- the only new additions to the historic building -- which was designed to match the overall architecture. Inside, the new escalators that will take riders down to the Dey Street Concourse are in place, with original copper panels replicated to line the ground-level foyer.
The MTA's extensive Corbin Building rehabilitation earned the team a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Later this year, the MTA expects to announce the Fulton Center's master lessee for the main building's retail spaces and other areas. Crews continue to build out the space, which will serve as the "mixing bowl" at the center of 10 subway lines stretching from William Street all the way to Church Street, linking to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and PATH train via the new Dey Street Concourse.
Durg also noted that the oculus, the large silver cylinder atop the main building, will soon be complete with a special installation by lighting architect Jamie Carpenter, who's creation will help bounce natural light down to sub-grade levels. (Read more about the "solar reflector shell" here.)
Later in 2013, the new 150 William Street entrance is expected to open, as is more of the A/C mezzanine -- which is now partly open with new glass tiles, better lighting and signs, and improved stairways.
The entire Fulton Center complex remains on schedule to open in June 2014, including the main building, the Dey Street concourse, the new elevator outside 129 Fulton Street, and new Corbin Building entrance.