726 Broadway Physics Lab Renovations

New York University is renovating the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of 726 Broadway to create a home for new physics labs. The project will include interior abatement, demolition, construction, renovation work, vault and new utility work on the buildings Lafayette & Broadway Street side, installation of new windows on floors 8 and 9, and installation of mechanical equipment on the roof.

Work Hours

  • Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • There will be instances of night and/or weekend work when necessary.
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Project Timeline

  • The project began in March 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in December of 2016.
  • Interior construction is scheduled to commence the week of March 23.
  • A sidewalk fence was installed in April.
  • Vaulted sidewalk work to tie in new gas and water lines started in late May on the Broadway Street and Lafayette Street side.
  • New oil pipe installation on the Broadway Street side is scheduled for the fall of 2015.
  • New mechanical equipment and cooling tower on the buildings roof is scheduled to be installed in the fall of 2015.
  • The installation of new windows on floors 8 and 9 are scheduled for fall 2015.

Scope of Work

  • The project will include interior abatement, demolition, construction, and renovation work, vault and new utility work on the buildings Lafayette & Broadway Street side, installation of new windows on floors 8 and 9, and installation of mechanical equipment on the roof.
  • A packer truck(s) will be on site to grind debris as it is removed. The packer truck(s) will be located on building's Lafayette & Broadway street side.
  • In April of 2015, periodic asbestos abatement will require the use of specialized disposal truck that will be stationed in the sidewalk fence on Lafayette Street.
  • External noise may increase when vault work commences in the spring through the summer of 2015.
  • Construction and renovation work will require periodic deliveries, which will use the building's Lafayette & Broadway Street side.
  • Mobilization of interior construction is scheduled to commence the week of March 23rd. This will require a packer truck to be onsite on Broadway for approximately one month, Monday through Friday, as dictated by DOT. A packer truck will be on site on Lafayette Street through June, Monday through Friday, as dictated by DOT.  There will also be intermittent use of the packer truck during the project’s timeline.
  • As per the Department of Transportation (DOT), a sidewalk fence will be installed on the west side of Lafayette (alongside the building) for construction staging which will shift the bike lane to the outside. The sidewalk fence is scheduled to be installed starting the week of March 30th and stay for the duration of the project. Pedestrian and bike lane traffic will shift to the exterior of the sidewalk shed.   This work will require a parking lane closure but it will not affect vehicular traffic unless otherwise necessary for project work.
  • A temporary generator will located within the sidewalk fence on Lafayette Street from April 2015 through the end of the project.
  • As per DOT permit approval, between late March and June,  a portion of the Broadway Street and Lafayette Street vaulted sidewalk will be removed in order to update Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) water service and Con Edison gas utility lines.Work hours and dates will be dictated by DOT for the Broadway Street side.  Contractors will excavate a  3-foot wide trench from the front of the building into the street. This work will take approximately 2 months to complete. This work will require a parking lane closure and will affect vehicular traffic on Broadway. Work hours and dates will be dictated by DOT for the Lafayette Street side.  There may be instances of weekend work for the DEP water service tie in. Contractors will excavate a  12-foot wide by 20 feet long trench from the front of the building into the street. Pedestrian and bike lane traffic will shift to the exterior of the sidewalk shed.   This work will require a parking lane closure but it will not affect vehicular traffic unless otherwise necessary for project work. This work will take approximately 2 months to complete.
  • In the fall of 2015, a new pipe for oil deliveries will need to be installed on the Broadway side. Work days and hours will be dictated by DOT.
  • New mechanical equipment and cooling tower will require a crane to be on site on Lafayette and Broadway Street in the fall of 2015.  Demolition on the roof will occur in during the early summer of 2015 and take approximately a month to complete.
  • The installation of new windows on floors 8 and 9 requires the installation of a sidewalk bridge on Lafayette & Broadway Street for pedestrian safety.  Window installation is scheduled for fall 2015.

Current Project Update

August 18, 2016

Project Update

  • Interior work continues.
  • Contractors are scheduled to continue making repairs to the sidewalk on the Lafayette Street side of the building the week of August 15.
  • Following the completion of sidewalk repairs, the sidewalk bridge on Lafayette street is scheduled to be reinstalled.

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