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Looks like this is finally getting back on track...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/ny...l?ref=nyregion

Delivery Date for Transit Hub Is Set for 2014

By WILLIAM NEUMAN
May 20, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Wednesday that it would complete construction of the long-delayed Fulton Street Transit Center in 2014, seven years behind the original schedule. The authority plans to spend $424 million in federal stimulus money to plug a hole in the project’s budget and make the rest of the work possible.

When it is finished, the project, which has been described as a Grand Central Terminal for Lower Manhattan, will cost an estimated $1.4 billion, nearly twice the original estimate.

Michael Horodniceanu, president of capital construction for the authority, who took over the project last year, vowed to stick to the new budget and schedule.

“I expect to deliver that with the exact dates that you have,” he said.

Parts of the center will open before the building is done. Most of the improvements to the subway, including easier connections between lines, will be finished by 2012, Mr. Horodniceanu said.

He said the building would look very much like earlier versions of the design, with a four-story, glass-walled structure at Fulton Street and Broadway. Atop the building will be a roughly conical metal tower, with a glass top called an oculus that will channel light into the building and the subway.


“It will be a jewel for Lower Manhattan,” Mr. Horodniceanu said.

The transit center was originally proposed as part of the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001.

An early estimate put the project’s price at $750 million, to be paid for from federal money for the redevelopment of the trade center area.

But since then, costs have soared and the project has been beset by repeated delays.
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TRANSIT-HUB 'BLOOD OATH'

By TOM NAMAKO
May 21, 2009

The 50-foot glass building and metal dome that will tower over a revamped Fulton Street Transit Center won't be completed until June 2014 -- a date one MTA official swore was "signed in blood."

For months, there was no end in sight for the megaproject after it blew by its initial December 2009 opening deadline.

MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger said MTA construction chief Michael Horodniceanu, "has, at least to me, signed it in blood" -- referring to the completion date.

The new timeline for the project was made possible by the agency securing $1.4 billion in federal stimulus funds.

Straphangers will be able to use a new northbound platform for the R and W lines by this December, said Horodniceanu.

A new entrance at William Street will be finished by May 2011, the 4 and 5 lines station will be rehabbed by July 2012, and the mezzanine for the A and C lines will be finished by March 2013.
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M.T.A. puts $424 million of Obama money in Fulton station



By Julie Shapiro

The long-delayed Fulton Transit Center has a budget and a schedule at last, thanks to a $424 million boost from the federal government.

The glass-domed station, which will link 12 subway lines and connect to the PATH trains, was once supposed to open at the end of 2007 and cost $750 million. The station’s estimate is now $1.4 billion and the M.T.A. expects it to open in June 2014, the first completion date they have given for the project since announcing a year and a half ago that they had run out of money to build it.

“It’s great that we fought for it,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told Downtown Express.

The M.T.A. announced the funding news at a meeting of its Capital Construction, Planning and Real Estate Committee Wednesday morning.

The station will rise at the corner of Fulton St. and Broadway, where the M.T.A. demolished a row of buildings in 2006, displacing more than 100 businesses. The new station will include a slightly scaled-down version of the glass oculus that received wide praise in the original design. The project also includes over 26,000 square feet of retail and the restoration of the adjacent historic Corbin Building.

“It’s a great day for Lower Manhattan,” said Liz Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance and one of the strongest advocates for the station. “I hear from owners and brokers all the time that this is the facility tenants are waiting for…. Now we know that it’s real.”

The current station, which connects nine subway lines, is hard to navigate, with a maze of ramps and confusing signs. The new station will simplify connections and eliminate the ramps.

Before receiving the federal stimulus money, the M.T.A. said they did not have enough money to build the aboveground station, which will cost $170 million. The $424 million in stimulus funding will cover pieces of the belowground work, freeing up money for the station building. The authority will spend about 40 percent of its $1.1 billion federal grant on the Downtown complex.

In addition to the stimulus money, the M.T.A. received $847 in federal post-9/11 money for the station and added $129 million of its own money.


While the Fulton Transit Center will not be complete until 2014, other pieces of the station will open as they are finished, in a rollout similar to the Times Square renovation. Some parts of the project are already done, including improvements to the 2/3 platforms and new entrances to the 4/5.

Next up will be the opening of the nearby Cortlandt St. R/W station’s northbound platform this December. The entire station has been closed since 2005, and it will be at least 2011 before the southbound side can open, but the community has long pushed for the M.T.A. to open as much of the station as they can.

Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chairperson of Community Board 1, is glad part of the station will open in time for Christmas shopping this year. She said the additional transportation option would help businesses like Century 21 and the Millenium Hotel.

Other parts of the Fulton Transit Center will be done in 2011, when a new entrance will open at William St., along with a new, more direct connection between the A/C and 4/5.

The year 2012 will bring more changes, with the renovated 4/5 station and new Dey St. entrance expected to open in the summer; the Dey St. concourse in the fall; and the restored Corbin building with first-floor retail opening at the end of the year, if the current schedule holds. The Corbin building work will cost $75 million, not including design fees.

Finally, the rebuilt A/C mezzanine could open in the spring of 2013, and just over a year later, the station building is planned to be completed.

The M.T.A. hopes to award its next round of contracts this August for the A/C mezzanine, J/M/Z elevators and William St. entrance.

Those who have been fighting for the station for years did not sound daunted by the lengthy schedule of work that lies ahead.

“It would have been great if they’d met the original deadline, but it’s so exciting that they have the funding in place and they have a timeline,” Hughes said. “It’ll be nice to see it complete.”

Both Hughes and Berger said they would have to hold the M.T.A. to the project’s new schedule. The M.T.A.’s own slideshow, presented to board members Wednesday, seems to anticipate their concern, and includes a slide entitled “Back on Track: Roadmap to Completing Mega Projects.”

To that end, the M.T.A. has assigned new project executives to the Fulton Transit Center and will avoid any more mid-stream changes to the plan, the presentation states.

“This is the best news we have had in a very long time,” Hughes said. “It should renew everyone’s confidence that the heart of the Financial District is not being ignored.”
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I don't know if we can go so far as to say the original design is back, but that's what's posted here...

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Original Fulton Transit Center Design Returns
With the stimulus funds, the transit center moves forward


With the help of $424 million in federal stimulus funds, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced this week that the Fulton Street Transit Center is back on track. The original main building design, which was scaled back and then nearly abandoned due to budget constraints, has returned to the drawing board with an opening date of 2014.

The building will be constructed almost exactly as initially planned when ground was broken in 2005,
with a revised budget of $1.4 billion, according to MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu. The metal-and-glass structure will rise to four stories, topped with a roughly conical oculus that will funnel light into the station’s lower levels.

While 2014 stands as the final completion date for the Transit Center, several improved areas inside the station will open before then -- including the northbound platform of the Cortlandt Street R/W station this December. A new entrance at William Street and better A/C-to-4/5 rider connections will conclude in 2011. By 2012, renovated 4/5 Fulton Street platforms will open, along with a new entrance at Dey Street.

Already the MTA has opened new 4/5 platform entrances on Broadway, and made other improvements in the station including new stairways at the 2/3 platform. The agency also has excavated and built the new Dey Street Pedestrian Concourse, with only finishing work and entrances to be completed.

The new Fulton Street Transit Center building will be home to 26,000 square feet of retail, and will create an underground link to the renovated Corbin Building, located at Broadway and John Street. Once complete, the expansive station will be the underground hub of 12 subway lines and the World Trade Center PATH station.

“It will be a jewel for Lower Manhattan,” said Mr. Horodniceanu.
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Fulton Street Transit Hub on track
Funding is in hand and schedules are in place



Though construction plans at the World Trade Center site are stalled, the Fulton Street Transit Center is back on track. At last night's meeting of Community Board 1's World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) representatives reported that consensus has been reached on costs and schedules, and that funding is now in place to deliver on the project's original goals.

The funds include $847 million from the federal government, $129 million from the MTA and $424 million in stimulus funds, for a total of $1,400 million. The majority of the money will go to complete construction below ground.

Some of the milestones include completion of the northbound platform of the R/W Cortlandt Street station by December 2009, a new entrance at William Street by May 2011, a new connection from the A/C to the 4/5 trains at Fulton Street by August 2011, a rehabilitated 4/5 Fulton Street station and a new entrance at Dey Street by July 2012 and a new escalator to John Street and the opening of the Dey Street concourse by November 2012.

By December of 2012, the MTA expects to have restored the Corbin Building and added first floor retail space. The Transit Center building with its glass oculus is expected to open in June 2014.

"This is a positive step in rebuilding our community, which was interrupted on 9/11 and again with the recent financial downtown," said World Trade Center Redevelopment Chair Catherine McVay Hughes. She noted that "the MTA will have about 25,000 square feet of retail space that will address the needs of a 24/7 community."

The MTA has committed to quarterly updates, she said, "and will bring their retail consultant at the appropriate time."

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Shoppers skirt Fulton St.
Latest building project turns street into no-go zone; brighter future



Latest building project turns street into no-go zone; brighter future


July 12, 2009
By Amanda Fung

In recent months, Sedat Jorkorkmaz, manager of Wow Style Fashions, has watched helplessly as his revenues have lurched from lousy to near-lethal. This year, sales are off 60% as a result of the recession and construction outside his lower-Manhattan door that has turned Fulton Street into something resembling an open-pit mine.

“There is no tourist activity,” says Mr. Jorkorkmaz, who used to get travelers' checks every day but now hasn't seen one in six months. “People see the mess outside and they don't come in.”

For years, businesses along Fulton Street have suffered through a series of disruptions. No sooner had they recovered from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 than the city unveiled plans for a huge new Fulton Street Transit Center that required demolition of six buildings. The $1.4 billion project is expected to be completed in 2014—five years behind schedule. Now, the city is two years into what most shops see as the most crippling work of all—the $28 million project to rip up Fulton Street and replace the 150-year-old infrastructure.

“It's a double whammy—the construction and economic downturn have been devastating to businesses,” says Alan Gerson, who represents the area on the City Council. “I'm seeing businesses relocate and close. Several are teetering.”

Currently, 35 of the 200 storefronts along Fulton and Nassau streets are empty, according to recent estimates by the Downtown Alliance. Nine of those 35 went vacant within the last six months.

“The construction is killing us,” said German Oreallan, assistant manager of a 20-year-old shoe repair shop on Fulton Street, while standing outside his store at midday last week to let passersby know he is open for business.

With Fulton Street closed off to vehicular traffic, green construction fences lining the sidewalks, and men in hard hats laboring seven days a week, business owners say the chaos is driving away customers.

Among those feeling the pinch is Café Seaport on the corner of Fulton and William streets, where business normally peaks in the busy summer tourist season. This year, though, business is down 40%.

“Summer business is gone,” says Nancy Kang, the manager. “People can't tell we are open.”

Across the street at Texas Rotisserie, business is even slower. Sales are down 50%. Manager Yasser Elserwy is giving his customers discounts, hoping they'll refer friends.

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Others are cutting back to make ends meet. Wow Style Fashions used to be open seven days a week; now it is closed on Sundays. Mr. Jorkorkmaz also occasionally closes the five-year-old store on Saturdays to save on utility and staff costs. Last year, he reduced his employees' workday by one hour.

Similarly, Les Halles on John Street has cut staff by 20% over the past three years. The casual French restaurant, one of the first establishments to open in the area after Sept. 11, has largely been obscured by scaffolding since work on the transit hub began. While the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has allowed the eatery to put up banners, General Manager Pam Gill says the experience has been “frustrating.”

Others fault the city's aid efforts as inadequate. Mr. Jorkorkmaz got the maximum grant of $25,000 that the city is offering via the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., but says his losses are far greater.

Mindful of the impact of the disruptions, LMDC is expected to extend the grant program to cover eligible businesses on 200 blocks instead of the current 60, and to double the grant per square foot to $5.

Meanwhile, the city says work on the Fulton Street infrastructure will be over by year's end, barring what officials term “unforeseen things.” Initially, businesses were told that work would conclude this summer.

“It has been tough for retailers,” says Elizabeth Berger, Downtown Alliance's president. But “the transit center and street improvements will bring the area into the 21st century.”

That may be the case, but at this point businesses are so accustomed to repeated construction delays that they are losing hope.

“It would be great if it all came to fruition,” says Ms. Gill. “I just don't believe them.”
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Going off the rails
Fulton hub $oars


By STEVE CUOZZO
September 8, 2009

The price tag for the MTA's already-way-overbudget Fulton Street Transit Center just went up by another $40 million

The stalled project, which was supposed to cost $750 million, had already mushroomed to $1.4 billion, and its completion date, once 2007, was recently pushed back until 2014.

Now, a judge has ruled that the MTA must pay $40 million more than the $100 million it had offered to owners of land it seized to build the jinxed project.

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Court: MTA Owes $142M for Land Seizures

By Paul Bubny
September 9, 2009


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will have to pay a total of $141.7 million to three Downtown landowners whose parcels were seized for phase two of the MTA’s Fulton Street Transit Center, a New York judge has ruled. Justice Walter Tolub of the New York State Supreme Court agreed with the landowners’ contention that the properties should be valued as an assemblage rather than as individual parcels, thereby making them worth about $40 million more than the MTA’s valuation. An MTA spokesman tells GlobeSt.com the transit agency plans to appeal.

"The highest, best and most profitable use of the properties would have resulted in the construction of residential rental and condominium development, with ground and second floor retail development," Tolub wrote in his August 28 ruling. Given that, "there is simply no question" that the three northernmost parcels along lower Broadway between Fulton and John streets "would have constituted an assemblage, and that the parties would have entered into a zoning lot merger, transferring the development rights. These lots were, for all intents and purposes, under common ownership and control."

That common ownership of the four properties on these parcels came from the Reformed Protestant Church of the City of New York, the fee owners of 192, 198 and 204-210 Broadway; and from Brookfield Properties, which entered into a joint venture with the church on ownership of 200 Broadway. Brookfield and the church had discussed an assemblage of these parcels well before the MTA’s eminent domain seizure of the properties in March 2006, Tolub wrote. All have since been demolished.

According to Tolub’s ruling, the church had also been in active negotiations with the Riese Organization, which owned 194 Broadway, for developmental rights prior to the MTA’s taking the property. Based on comparable sales that took place in early 2006, Tolub ordered the MTA to pay the Rieses $35.2 million for 194 Broadway, and to pay the church and Brookfield a total of $106.5 million for the four other properties.

An MTA spokesman tells GlobeSt.com that the agency "disagrees with the court's valuation of property required by the MTA to complete the Fulton Street Transit Center and intends to appeal the decision." He adds, "The project’s budget and the proposed 2010-2014 capital program include reserves for contingencies, which, if necessary, would cover these increased valuation costs." MTA attorneys had argued in court that the landowners had been unable to reach an agreement on the sale of air rights and that the concept of the properties as an assemblage was an afterthought.

In a release, Warren A. Estis, founding partner of law firm Rosenberg & Estis and lead counsel for the Riese Organization, says that because the court’s award was "substantially in excess of the MTA’s valuation, we plan to seek to recover from the MTA Riese’s attorney’s fees and other expenses." A Brookfield spokeswoman tells GlobeSt.com the company has no comment.
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"The highest, best and most profitable use of the properties would have resulted in the construction of residential rental and condominium development, with ground and second floor retail development," Tolub wrote in his August 28 ruling. Given that, "there is simply no question" that the three northernmost parcels along lower Broadway between Fulton and John streets "would have constituted an assemblage, and that the parties would have entered into a zoning lot merger.
Perhaps something along the lines of this could and should have been built to help with the costs, those air rights have to go for something...

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November 12, 2002

A developer who has built a dozen residential towers in the relatively safe environs of the East Side now wants to plunge into uncertain waters downtown, with a new 90-story skyscraper that would be the second-tallest building in New York City — and only a block from ground zero.

Friends of the developer, Trevor Davis, describe him as a visionary for his designs for a building that would be 1,050 feet tall, 4 feet taller than the Chrysler Building, but 200 feet shorter than the Empire State Building, on a block at Broadway and Fulton Street.

Mr. Davis is undeterred. "I typically don't chase pipe dreams," he said, his soft accent hinting at his South African origin. "I'm looking seven years in advance. I think that downtown has all the ingredients to be the next attractive location, for residential and retail space, and a finite amount of office."

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the $680 million, 1.3-million-square-foot tower would be called 1 New York Place and combine shops on the bottom floors with 679,000 square feet of office space and 68 floors of apartments on top of the offices, on an entire block on Broadway, between Fulton and John Streets.
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Perhaps something along the lines of this could and should have been built to help with the costs, those air rights have to go for something...
I would not like to see that. The genius of the Fulton Street Transit Center is that it dedicates the entire building to transit circulation. It is a monument to travel. With residential or office development above it, it becomes like any other generic tower proposed near a subway station - the World Product Center comes to mind.

The absurd real estate prices of New York make this transit center all the more profound for NOT incorporating some sort of tower above.

It would really only have the desired effect with a Citicorp-like base that separates the mass of the tower from the transit component. You'd have to segregate the entrances, too.
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I would not like to see that. The genius of the Fulton Street Transit Center is that it dedicates the entire building to transit circulation. It is a monument to travel. With residential or office development above it, it becomes like any other generic tower proposed near a subway station - the World Product Center comes to mind.

The absurd real estate prices of New York make this transit center all the more profound for NOT incorporating some sort of tower above.
You have a misunderstanding of the Fulton Street Transit Center. First of all, the tower, as proposed above was midblock. The only portion of the Transit Center above ground will be at the corner of Broadway and Fulton. All of the transit improvements & circulation will be underground. There are over 1 msf of air rights that could have been sold to help pay for the transit improvements, but the MTA decided not to pursue that.
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Fulton Transit Center on Track, Says MTA

By Matt Dunning
UPDATED Oct. 07

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said earlier this month that they are keeping to their promise to complete the Fulton Street Transit Center on budget and on schedule, despite the agency’s struggles of the last year.

“We’re doing very well in terms of progress on the construction,” Uday Durg, the MTA’s project manager, told a Community Board 1 committee on Tuesday. “We have the funding for those projects and we’d like to use the current market conditions to get them built as quick as we can.”

In May, transit officials released a revised schedule for the $1.4 billion megaproject, which will connect 12 subway lines to the PATH trains, and include more than 25,000 square feet of retail space. That schedule predicted the project would be complete in June 2014. The MTA had originally hoped to complete the construction by last year, but cost overruns and a budgeting crisis within the agency slowed progress to a crawl.

Often touted as the “Grand Central Station of Lower Manhattan,” the new Fulton Street Station will be partially funded by $424 million in federal stimulus money, a little less than 40 percent of the $1.1 billion grant that the agency was first promised from the federal government. A year prior, it was revealed that the original price tag of $755 million had almost doubled. Without the federal money, the station’s unique oculus design would have been scrapped.

Since the money was delivered in August, Durg said the agency was able to finalize several contracts earlier than expected,
including deals for construction of a new mezzanine and elevators for the A/C and J/M/Z platforms, as well as new entrances to the station on Williams and Dey Streets. Those projects are expected to be complete between May 2011 and March 2013.

Crews will finish later this year pouring the foundation for the new station’s vaunted main concourse, which will encompass a balcony of retail stores and restaurants and topped with an angled, cone-shaped dome to allow natural light to reach even the lowest levels of the complex. The next part of the station to be returned to everyday service, Durg said, would be the northbound platform of the Cortlandt Street R/W station, closed in 2005 due to work on the adjacent World Trade Center site.

Committee member Tom Goodkind lauded the MTA for, so far, sticking to its revised schedule despite a tumultuous year. Only a few months earlier, the agency came within a hair’s breadth of implementing drastic fare hikes, as well as cuts in jobs and services, in order to make up a budget deficit of more than $1 billion.

“I compliment [the MTA] on keeping this online during very difficult times,” Goodkind said. “It’s just great news that you’re going ahead with this full force.”

Two pieces of the project have been finished for some time. The agency completed improvements on the 2/3 platform in 2006, and a new entrance to the 4/5 Train on the east side of Broadway at Maiden Lane opened in 2007.


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Like this project and the overall shape of the interior - kudos NYC!
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Construction Watch: Fulton Transit Hub Supports Its Friends



Tuesday, October 20, 2009, by Joey

A group called the Citizens Budget Commission is all in a tizzy over the MTA's unchecked, delayed, money-burning megaprojects. Angry citizens, please don't rock the boat right when the Fulton Street Transit Center is actually showing signs of life. The FiDi boondoggle recent gave us some fresh looks at its future subway madness, and look! Look! Er, read! Read!

These photos were taken yesterday. They show supports for the walls of the site. They support the surrounding building and street foundations that allow the workers to keep digging deeper.

Supports! Digging! Who's the jerkface now, Citizens Budget Commission?


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I feel like I should extract the photos from these PDFs and post them here so more people see them, but that's just freaking hard, so here's some links instead:

http://www.mta.info/capconstr/fstc/d...ate_060809.pdf

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Walkway Closure for Fulton Transit Crane
Additionally, infrastructure work is scheduled to begin next month


January 14, 2010

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues its work at the Fulton Street Transit Center, crews will close the walkway outside its truck-access area this weekend. Starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, January 16th, the walkway on Broadway between Fulton and John Streets will be closed through 6 p.m. The one-day closure allows crews to assemble a large crane at the site, which will be used for steel installation at the new subway hub.

Also at the Transit Center site, contractor WDF Construction is preparing for rehabilitation work at the 4/5 Fulton station, where new infrastructure will begin being built next month. It will tie into the new headhouse at Dey Street, also being built by WDF. Final contracts for Transit Center construction are expected to be in place by spring 2010.
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MTA Goes Full Speed Ahead on Fulton Transit Center

February 10, 2010


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.

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.

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