A Grand Feat for Lower Manhattan

HAKS led the REI joint venture for this ambitious $40 million public works project that reconstructed water mains and utility infrastructure along Grand Street, from Broadway to Essex.  Subsurface challenges included active subways, non-functioning water main valves, active steam lines, underground building vaults extending into the street, and a high density of secondary electrical and communication lines.  Abandoned, heavily reinforced trolley track foundations also interfered with the work.  Continue Reading…

A Salt Shed as a Civic Monument

Salt Shed-Final 2

With the full heat of the long summer just kicking in, this past February’s Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped a record 27.5 inches of snow in Central Park, can seem like a distant memory. Notwithstanding that December 2015 was the warmest on record, New York City will continue to be slammed by storms like Jonas and the blizzards of 2006 and 1996, as well as snowstorms that might be more mundane but nevertheless paralyzing to city streets in their own right. That is why residents of Lower Manhattan can look upon the New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) new Spring Street Salt Shed as a comfort and reassurance as the next inevitable winter looms on the distant horizon—and, given its unique, striking design, as an object of civic pride. Continue Reading…

Declaring “War” on Homeless Shelters

Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio released the results of his aggressive program to inspect and repair violations in New York City’s homeless shelters. The numbers are impressive: in just two months, the city and shelter providers repaired almost as many violations as were fixed in all of 2015 and, in two months, the city conducted one-third as many inspections as it did in all of 2015. The February Shelter Repair Scorecard, which allows tracking of conditions and results, reported that:

  • The 2,660 inspections conducted in just two months in 2016 is almost one-third of the 8,665 inspections conducted in all of 2015. These inspections identified 11,125 new violations and conditions.
  • The two-month total of 12,026 repairs completed is almost as many as the total 12,934 violations cleared in all of 2015.
  • Of the 330 non-cluster city homeless shelters, 157 sites had ten or fewer violations; 90 of those sites had five or less. (A cluster shelter refers to groups of individual apartments in larger buildings, and the violation total includes all violations in each building, not those solely relating to the cluster units. The city plans to phase out the use of such cluster shelters and return them to the market to serve as low-rent housing.)
  • The 303 cluster shelters, which house only 23 percent of the total shelter population, had 14,054 violations, or 68 percent of the total.
  • The Scorecard lists 26 cluster buildings with 315 units designated for closure this fiscal year.

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Transformation of West Side of Manhattan

Rezoning from a manufacturing to commercial and residential area, the soon-to-be-completed $2.4 billion extension of the No. 7 subway line to 34th Street and 11th Avenue and the popularity of the High Line were necessary steps to bringing New Yorkers and tourists to the Far West Side of Manhattan, where a massive redevelopment is taking place. This underused area has become a developer’s dream, and the transformation of this area is not that far from becoming a reality.

No. 7 Subway Extension

No. 7 Subway Extension

The 1.5-mile extension of the No. 7 line from its current terminus at Times Square to what will be known as the 34th Street/Hudson Yards Station was a crucial element to the development of this area, and is projected to be the busiest single station in New York City. HAKS provided civil and structural engineering design as a subconsultant to Parsons Brinckerhoff and is now part of the construction management team working toward the 2014 completion of this link to the Far West Side of Manhattan.



Hudson Yards Rail Yard

The Hudson Yards Redevelopment project, often referred to as the “final frontier” for development in Manhattan, is a planned $15 billion, 26-acre transit-oriented, mixed-use development on the scale of Rockefeller Center. The development will include new parks and open public spaces and a 750-seat public school. HAKS is providing special inspection and material testing for a platform over active LIRR tracks, which will serve as the foundation for two high-rise office towers, including steel fabrication in out-of-state plants.

Phase I, the Eastern Phase, will consist of two office towers bordering Tenth Avenue—10 Hudson Yards, an 895-foot-tall, 52-story structure that broke ground in December 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015, and 30 Hudson Yards, a 1,337-foot-tall, 80-story structure scheduled for occupancy in 2018.  The towers will be seeking LEED Gold certification.

The Hudson Yards redevelopment project is expected to provide more than 23,000 construction jobs and more than 700 residential, commercial and security positions.