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20 Cooper Square Renovation


New York University will be renovating the 1st and 2nd floor of 20 Cooper Square. This project will include internal renovation, Local Law 11 facade work, window and shutter renewal, and the installation of a rooftop cooling tower.

 

Information for Neighbors

 

Project Timeline
 

  • The project is scheduled to begin in mid-September 2013 and to finish by spring 2015.
  • Initial renovations, including demolition, abatement, renovation, and related debris removal, are scheduled to take place until mid-to-late November 2013. Subsequent internal work will be less noticeable than this initial period.
  • Local Law 11 facade repairs are expected to begin during the fall.
  • Work on windows and shutters will commence in the spring, along with the installation of a new cooling tower on the roof.
  • Interior renovations will continue throughout the duration of the project.

Scope of Work

  • The project consists of internal renovation, Local law 11 work, window and shutter renovation work, and the installation of a new cooling tower on the building's roof.
  • The majority of the work will be interior, including demolition, abatement, renovation, and related debris removal, with construction related noise coming mostly from the debris removal and periodic materials deliveries.
  • There will be a packer truck or trucks on site to grind debris as it is removed. The packer truck will be located in front of 20 Cooper Square near the alleyway. During abatement, there will be an asbestos abatement truck on site as well. 
  • There will be periodic internal asbestos abatement as part of this project.
  • External noise may increase once Local Law 11 work commences in late fall, and again when work on the windows and shutters commences in the spring.

What is Local Law 11?

  • Local Law 11 is a New York City Department of Buildings statute that requires facades maintenance on buildings of six or more stories every five years. First, a certified architect or engineer determines whether potentially dangerous deterioration has occurred on a building's exterior faces. The contractor then files recommendations with the city. Finally, the building owner schedules the necessary facade work and is required to complete it in a timely manner.
  • Local Law 11 work generally involves replacing masonry elements such as terra cotta, limestone, cast stone, and bricks; applying new mortar, caulking, and sealant; and patching spalled masonry. Repairs are usually localized to specific spots which have been highlighted by an architect, rather than occurring over an entire building face. All of a building’s exterior walls are assessed for maintenance needs.

Updates and Announcements

 

Construction Update, December 12, 2014

Work on the 1st and 2nd floor of the south and west-facing windows, shutters, and louvers is completed. Pending permit approval, interior work on the 1st floor will be delayed until the winter of 2015.  

Construction Update, September 22, 2014

Work on the 1st and 2nd floor of the south and west-facing windows, shutters, and louvers is scheduled to finish by the end of October. Interior work on the 1st floor will continue through January 2015.

Construction Update, June 17, 2014

Work on the 1st and 2nd floor of the west (rear) and south windows, shutters, and louvers is scheduled to start on July 21st and be completed by early October. Work will require the installation of mesh fencing in the rear courtyard and pipe scaffolding in the south alleyway.

Construction Update, June 10, 2014

Rooftop mechanical equipment is scheduled to be replaced on Saturday, June 14. The work will require a crane to lift materials to the roof. As per New York City Department of Buildings requirements, the crane will need to arrive to the site during off-peak hours, but will not be set up until 9:00 am. The work is weather dependent.

Construction Update, May 6, 2014

Local Law 11 facade work on the east (front) side of the building is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. Scaffolding at the front of the building will also be removed. Rooftop mechanical equipment is scheduled to be replaced on Saturday, May 10. The work will require a crane to lift materials to the roof. As per New York City Department of Buildings requirements, the crane will need to come during off-peak hours, but will not be set up until 9:00 am. The work is weather dependent.

Construction Update, April 27, 2014

Local Law 11 facade work on the east (front) face of the building continues. Work on the west (rear) side of the building is complete. Rooftop mechanical equipment is scheduled to be replaced on Saturday, May 5th. The work will require a crane to lift materials to the roof. As per New York City Department of Buildings requirements, the crane will need to come during off-peak hours, but will not be set up until 9:00 am. The work is weather dependent. Second floor renovations will continue through the fall.

Construction Update, March 9, 2014

Second floor renovations will continue through the fall. Local Law 11 facade work is scheduled to continue on the west (rear) side of the building through April 2014. Progress is weather dependent.

Construction Update, January 27, 2014

Renovations on the first floor are complete; second floor renovations are scheduled through the fall. Local Law 11 facade work continues on the south side of the building. Scaffolding is scheduled to be installed the week of February 3 in the west (rear) of the building. The work in the rear will continue through April 2014, and is weather dependent.

Construction Update, December 19, 2013

Internal abatement and demolition are complete. 1st floor renovations are scheduled for completion in January 2014. 2nd floor renovation and Local Law 11 facade work continues.

Construction Update, December 10, 2013

Due to delays, Local Law 11 is now scheduled to begin the week of December 9th. Internal abatement and demolition work continues.

Construction Update, October 28, 2013

Internal abatement and demolition work continues. Local Law 11 work has commenced. Contractors will be installing a sidewalk bridge in front of our building in order to protect pedestrian traffic. In addition, a swing scaffold will be used in order for contractors to lower themselves and make repairs to the facade.

The Local Law 11 facade repair will start in the front facade portion of our building and the corner of the south side facade.

Construction Update, October 14, 2013

Internal abatement and demolition work continues. Local Law 11 work is scheduled to begin the week of October 28th.

Construction Update, September 21, 2013

The project timeline and hours have been finalized, and work has commenced.

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Work hours

 

  • Monday - Friday,
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Debris removal is not expected to start before
    8:00 am.
  • In instances where night or weekend work is required, community members will be given advanced notice.

Latest News

 

December 12, 2014

Work on the 1st and 2nd floor of the south and west-facing windows, shutters, and louvers is completed. Pending permit approval, interior work on the 1st floor will be delayed until the winter of 2015. Read more »

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