A 1.1-mile bridge carrying 160,000 vehicles per day on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through an industrial district—and over a long-polluted waterway—might not be the first place to look for green design and construction approaches.
The bustle across Columbia University's emerging Manhattanville Campus is offering a rare window on a mega-development that has not only reshaped a neighborhood but has also become a showcase for innovation.
Superstorm Sandy's direct hit in 2012 on Broad Channel in Queens made the coastal community a poster child of the storm's devastation, with nearly every house on the tiny island in Jamaica Bay swamped by several feet of water.
An office complex in the suburbs is seldom the setting for highly rigorous site logistics, team collaboration and design management efforts. But the sweeping 1.2 million-sq-ft construction program Novartis Pharmaceuticals undertook in East Hanover, N.J., was no ordinary suburban affair.
Stamford Hospital's project team had nearly finished design and preconstruction work on a new three-story facility to house emergency, surgery and acute care services when the client added a request: Add a seven-story tower that the master plan did not specify for another decade.
When the project team for Winthrop University Hospital's new research building approached J&A Concrete about foundation work, the subcontractor was happy to provide a quote—along with an alternative proposal for a much different foundation package that shaved $2 million off the cost. Related Links: More Project Stories Sandy-Hit Beaches Made Whole Again When Winthrop's team chose that route, the five-story, 95,000-sq-ft project became Nassau County's first to use an innovative foundation based on an underground stormwater storage system.The experience validated Winthrop's decision to implement design assist, up-front payments to subcontractors for contributions during the planning stage of the $80-million project