Award of Merit: Airports/Transit

Built in 1946 and exposed to a saltwater environment, the ramps of the St. George Ferry Terminal, a multimodal transport hub in Staten Island, N.Y., required extensive repair and reconstruction. The city's $175-million, design-build project called for re-decking and rehabilitating eight elevated concrete bus ramps, some of which are located over active rail lines; strengthening the existing structures; and removing asbestos and lead-based paint.

Crews replaced roughly 245,000 sq ft of existing concrete decks. To save costs, the team used lightweight concrete to reduce loads on the structural steel and epoxy-coated rebar. Since most ramp work took place over an active parking lot and rail line, crews installed more than 250,000 sq ft of catch platform to prevent falling debris.

Throughout the project, the team coordinated the requirements of numerous agencies, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Staten Island Rapid Transit Authority and Ferry Terminal Operators as well as the borough president and other stakeholders. Contractors used online project tools to provide real-time communications regarding project documents, changes, RFIs, as-builts, shop drawings, plans and submittals. A public relations professional was hired to prepare community notifications to help the public understand the project and keep abreast of the construction schedule.

Rehabilitation of the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal Ramps, Staten Island, N.Y.

Key Players

Owner New York City Dept. of Transportation

General contractor Conti Enterprises Inc.

Lead Designer URS

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