Hall of Science Expanding in Queens
With Bovis Lend Lease LMB Inc. serving as general contractor,
the 55,000-sq.-ft. extension to the New York Hall of Science
in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens is well under way.
The $68 million addition designed by Polshek Partnership Architects
LLP, provides a long, low horizontal transparent counterpoint
to the museum's original building designed by Harrison and Abramovitz
for the 1964 World's Fair which consists of a cellular concrete
frame infilled with dark cobalt-colored glass shards.
The extension's exposed structural steel frame will provide
visitors with a visual demonstration of structural principles.
Cladding the steel structure is a taut, luminous, uniform membrane
of translucent panels, though which the building's internal
mechanical systems will be revealed.
Work began in October 2001 and is expected to be completed by
Tishman to Build Bus Depot
Also in Queens, a new bus depot and maintenance garage will
soon rise on Grand Avenue in Maspeth.
New York City Transit has named Tishman Construction Corp.,
in a joint venture with The Washington Group, as construction
manager for the new $150-million, 500,000-sq.-ft., three-story
facility. The Grand Avenue Bus Depot will provide space for
fueling, cleaning and in-door storage for 200 buses on the
first floor. The second floor will house a maintenance facility
which will be able to accommodate 27 buses, and the third
floor will be taken up by offices for NYCT's Department of
The project is expected to break ground in the third quarter
of 2003 with a construction timetable of 28 months.
Saint Anne Gets Face Lift
St. Anne's Lower School in downtown Brooklyn has been undergoing
a major make-over. Designed by Brooklyn-based GVZ Architects,
the $8 million renovation/redesign is 95 percent complete and
will be ready to open its doors to students in grades 1 through
3 in September.
The project, for which Goldreich Engineering PC of Manhattan
served as structural engineer, involved three separate 100-year-old
buildings that had been tied together over the last century.
All of the existing floor joist structures, throughout the six-story
facility, were in need of repair in order to provide the required
dead load per square foot required by a Class G construction.
The first and sixth floors were removed entirely and replaced
with new steel framing, q-deck and concrete slabs. The remaining
floors had additional wood joists sistered to the existing wood
joists that were stable and complete. Where the existing joists
were split, cracked or poorly framed, they were replaced with
new 16-gauge 12-in. metal joists.
The east façade, which faces Cadman Plaza, was removed
from the fourth floor to the roof, in order to shore the existing
joists that were bearing on the masonry.
Deteriorating masonry was removed and new heavy-gauge metal
framing was installed. In addition, the project team, which
was managed by Builders Group, a national firm based in Manhattan,
discovered that existing footings were either not deep enough
or had been undermined, necessitating the underpinning of the
existing foundations at numerous locations.
The revamped facility contains 28,000-sq.-ft. and includes 12
regular classrooms, three tutoring rooms, two music rooms, and
one art classroom, along with a cafeteria and kitchen, gymnasium
New Building for Hebrew Home for the
The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, located at 5901 Palisade
Ave. in the Bronx, has hired Levien & Co. as project manager
for construction of its newest long-term care residential facility.
Gotham Construction Co. LLC of Manhattan will serve as construction
The 120,000-sq.-ft., five-story building, which will be known
as the Jacob Reingold Pavilion, has been designed by Manhattan-based
Gruzen Samton Architects Planners and Interior Designers LLP.
It will provide 170 beds in single occupant rooms arranged in
16 "neighborhoods" each with its own living and dinning
room areas. The building will include a lounge, a beauty parlor,
a winter garden and a rehabilitation area with an aquatic therapy
Construction is already under way, with completion expected
by the third quarter of 2004.
High-rise Residential in White Plains
HRH Construction Corp. of New York City has been retained
as construction manager for the 35-story high-rise residential
tower at City Center at White Plains in Westchester County.
The residential tower is part of a $300 million, 540,000-sq.-ft.
mixed-use retail, entertainment and residential complex in
downtown White Plains being developed by Cappelli Enterprises
of Valhalla, N.Y. The residential tower, which is currently
under construction, will house 300 luxury apartments and should
be ready for residency by year-end 2003.
Konover Construction Corp. has started work on a $6.4 million
renovation and addition to the Connecticut Police Academy
in Meriden. The addition, which is scheduled to open at the
end of the year, will provide the academy with 20,000 new
sq. ft. and will include ten new dormitory rooms, a library
Picone Construction Corp. of Williamsville, N.Y., in the Buffalo
metropolitan area, was retained as general contractor by the
Swormville (N.Y.) Fire Company to build its new $2.1 million
firehouse. Picone will demolish the old facility and build
a new 17,000-sq.-ft. building in its place.
ADF Construction Corp. of Amherst, N.Y. has been retained
as construction manager by Canisius College in Buffalo to
build a 300-bed mid-rise student residence hall. The dorm
will be located on the college's main campus, adjacent to
Bosch Hall. The project's architect is Cannon Design of Grand
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