181 Mercer Street

Overview

181 Mercer Street , the new multi-use building expected to be substantially complete in early 2022 and open in fall 2022, will house much-needed new classrooms, performing arts education and training spaces, a modern athletic facility, student and faculty housing, and approximately 7,500 square feet of space for a public atrium and community uses. This project also features a number of open space enhancements.

NYU is committed to minimizing the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the construction site and has developed a plan with Turner Construction Company (NYU’s construction manager for the project) to implement NYU’s Restrictive Declaration commitments for construction mitigation. With the approval of the Department of City Planning, Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR) has been retained as the independent third party monitor to oversee NYU’s mitigation efforts. HDR's quarterly reports can be made available upon request. Please email community.engagement@nyu.edu for more information. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.

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Work Hours

  • Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Workers may arrive onsite as early as 6:30 am.
  • Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Neighbors will be given advance notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Scope of Work

  • Decommissioning of the Coles building began in February 2016 and project site mobilization and demolition of the Coles building commenced in October 2016.
  • As per the NYC Department of Transportation and Department of Buildings, a sound attenuating construction fence was installed around the perimeter of the 181 Mercer Street site. To learn more visit the 181 Mercer Project FAQ page.
  • Intermittent loading and unloading of deliveries and equipment may temporarily impact vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Each access point will be used for project operations. Flag-people are scheduled to be onsite to guide vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the perimeter of the project site during the receipt of deliveries.
  • Periodic asbestos abatement will require the use of a specialized disposal container.
  • Salvageable items not dispersed to departments across the University were made available to local public schools and nonprofit organizations.
  • As with any active construction site, dust may be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work and noise and odors may be generated by hand tools and mechanical equipment. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.

Project Timeline

  • Pre-construction work began in February 2016. The project is expected to be substantially complete in late 2021 and the building is scheduled to open in fall 2022.
  • Project site mobilization and demolition of the Coles building commenced in October 2016 and continued through February 2017.
  • Excavation, which includes the removal of the existing foundation, rock, and soil, began in May 2017 and continued through winter 2018.
  • Foundation work began in fall 2017 and continued through early 2019. 
  • Core and Shell work includes the construction of the building structure and façade. Steel work began in February 2019 and the installation of facade panels began in summer 2020. Enclosure of the building is scheduled to be complete in fall 2021.
  • The landscaping of the Greene Street Walk and Play Garden began in spring 2021. 
  • The final fit out phase includes interior construction of the building.
  • The project is scheduled to be substantially complete in early 2022 and the building is scheduled to open in fall 2022.

Current Project Update

April 5, 2021

New Updates

No new updates. 

Ongoing Work

Installation of the building’s façade continues. Work is scheduled to continue through fall 2021.

Concrete placement is scheduled to continue intermittently through 2021.

  • Once the concrete arrives and is poured, concrete setting and finishing follows. Once concrete is poured, the team must wait for it to set completely before it can be finished. It is essential for concrete to be finished properly to ensure the structural integrity of the building and it is not possible to revisit concrete after it sets. Given that concrete trucks can be delayed by weather or traffic, trucks are to arrive to the site by the early afternoon to avoid scenarios where work may go beyond our scheduled work hours. In cases, largely driven by traffic or weather conditions, work hours may need to be extended to allow for the concrete to finish setting and subsequent finishing to take place, but again we are working to avoid this from occurring. 

Site work for the Greene Street Walk and Greene Street Playgarden (west side of the site) is underway and is expected to continue intermittently for the duration of the project. Scheduled work includes demolition, excavation, foundation, and concrete work.

Utility work to set up the connection for permanent Con Edison service for the 181 Mercer Street building is expected to continue intermittently through 2021. This work will be performed in conjunction with Con Edison.

  • Please note, the details of DEP and Con Edison's work (i.e. work days, hours, and street access) will be dictated by the stipulations in City agency permits for the work. Portions of the work performed by NYU are expected to take place during normal work hours.

Deliveries are scheduled arrive and leave the site via tractor-trailer. Deliveries are scheduled to arrive both during regular work hours and for oversize and overweight loads, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) permits may stipulate deliveries outside normal work hours. Typically, the DOT will stipulate the truck's route to the site, as well as whether the truck will enter the site or queue near the site until the start of regular work hours. Following deliveries that arrive outside regular work hours, the construction site will remain closed until the start of regular work hours.

Previous Project Updates

Previous project updates and copies of Dust Monitoring Reports are available upon request via NYU Community Engagement at community.engagement@nyu.edu or 212-998-2400.

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