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Basic Science Building
433 1st Avenue

As part of our consolidation of medical programs along the 1st Avenue Health Corridor – a major component of NYU’s initiative to move certain programs out of its West Village core, place them in proximity to other like fields, and maximize the efficiency of existing spaces – the University is redeveloping its property at 433 1st Avenue. Formerly home to the NYU's Basic Science complex, the revamped site will become a single, 170,000 square foot facility for the NYU College of Nursing, expand facilities for the NYU College of Dentistry, and create a space for the University's emerging bioengineering program.

 

Information for Neighbors

 

Project Timeline

 

  • The project will begin in the spring of 2012 and is scheduled for completion by year-end 2014.
    • Phase 1: Mobilization and security of site: spring of 2012
    • Phase 2: Foundation work: spring 2012 through spring 2013
    • Phase 3: Concrete/steel: spring 2013 through summer 2013
    • Phase 4: Fit-out: fall 2013 through December 2014

Scope of Work

 

  • The project consists of demolition, the installation of a new foundation, and the construction of a new building.
  • The west-bound lane of 26th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the project. Only east-bound traffic (towards 1st Avenue) will be permitted.
  • Plywood barriers will be put in place to protect pedestrian traffic along 25th Street, 26th Street, and 1st Avenue. The 1st Avenue bike lane will be temporarily relocated east of these pedestrian barriers. Vehicular traffic on 1st Avenue will not be affected.
  • To accommodate the temporary walkways, parking spaces on 26th Street and three parking spaces along 1st Avenue will be rendered inaccessible for the duration of the project.
  • Sidewalk sheds will be erected around the perimeter of the site on First Avenue and along 26th Street for pedestrian protection in the summer of 2013.

Updates and Announcements

 

Construction Update, July 21, 2014:  

Interior construction continues with the project scheduled for substantial completion by December 2014.

Construction Update, March 12, 2014:  

Exterior work continues with the installation of a terracotta facade. Interior construction continues with carpentry and general fitting-out of spaces.  

Construction Update, January 25, 2014:

The building’s exterior "skin" is scheduled for completion by the end of winter. Remaining facade work is scheduled to finish in the summer.

Construction Update, January 10, 2014: Crane Work

Due to inclement weather forecasting, crane work has been rescheduled to occur from 12:01 am Saturday, January 18 until 6:00 am, Monday, January 20.

Construction Update, January 9, 2014: Crane Work

Crane work is scheduled from 12:01 am on Saturday, January 11 until 6:00 am Monday, January 13.

The crane will lift and install new building equipment from 26th Street, closing the street to vehicular traffic between First and Second Avenues. Pedestrian access is expected to remain open. Work is weather dependent. The nearest reschedule would be from 12:01 am Saturday, January 18 until 6:00 am, Monday, January 20.

Construction Update, December 10, 2013: Con Edison Work and Project Update

Con Edison work is expected during the weekends of December 14 and/or December 21. Con Edison's timetable may fluctuate, and work may occur during the holidays without warning.

December 24 and December 31 are scheduled as active work days. The site will be closed on December 25 and January 1.

Construction Update, October 28, 2013: Con Edison Work and Project Update

Contractors from Con Edison will be delivering new sidewalk vaults on Saturday, November 2 from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, temporarily closing 26th Street between Mt. Carmel Place and 1st Avenue.

Construction Update, October 18, 2013: Con Edison Work and Project Update

Con Edison work crews may be working on the corner of 26th Street and 1st Avenue on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. If Con Edison is present during these days, work will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday and 9:00 am on Sunday.

Construction Update, September 19, 2013: Steel Phase Completion and Crane Dismantlement

The steel erection phase is 85% complete and should be finished by the end of September. During the final phase of work, the sit's specialized crane will be disassembled and removed on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday September 22. The work is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm on September 21 and finish at 6:00 pm on September 22.

During this time, 26th Street will be closed between First and Second Avenues, and both 28th Street and Mount Carmel Place will be inaccessible to local vehicular traffic.

A possible alternate schedule is Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.

Construction Update, September 12, 2013: Steel Phase Completion and Crane Dismantlement

The steel erection phase is 85% complete and should be finished by the end of September. During the final stages of work, the site's specialized steel crane will be disassembled and removed over a two-day period, Saturday, September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2013. The work is scheduled to start on September 21 at 6:00 pm and to finish on September 22 at 6:00 pm.

During this time, 26th Street will be closed between First and Second Avenues, and 28th Street and Mount Carmel Place will be inaccessible to local vehicular traffic.

The alternate date is Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.

Construction Update, June 26, 2013: Water Main Connection

NYC Department of Environmental Protection requires installation of a water main connection. Pending permit approval, the installation will take place on Saturday, 6/29 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The work will take place on First Avenue inside of the construction site. There will be no impact to traffic flow on either 26th Street or First Avenue.

Noise may be noticable from construction machinery, including trucks and a backhoe.

Construction Update, June 4, 2013: Steel Phase Start and Crane Use

The start of the project’s steel construction phase will require the use of a specialized crane on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th, 2013. Crane setup will begin June 8th at 6:00 am, and crane use will continue until June 9th at 6:00 pm.

During crane use, 26th Street will be closed between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The crane’s assembly on 26th Street will make 28th Street and Mount Carmel Place accessible from 1st Ave only. Once the crane is operational, 26th Street will re-open (narrowed from 13’ to 12’), and a protective sidewalk shed will be erected on 1st Ave along the perimeter of the site.

The backup dates for this activity will be June 15th and 16th.

Construction Update, April 22, 2013: Steel and Concrete Phase Set

The construction of the buildings foundation is nearing completion and the start of the steel and concrete phase is set to begin in early May 2013. This portion of the project will run through summer 2013.

During the steel and concrete phase, regular noticeable activities will include frequent deliveries of steel and other materials, positioning and installation of steel beams, and regular pouring of concrete from trucks.

Furthermore, for one weekend (targeted for May 18-May 19), a specialized crane will be brought in to replace the existing crane. The new crane is necessary to handle the incoming steel. It will be located almost exactly where the current crane is. Additional details regarding the new crane will continue to be made available.

For the duration of the steel and concrete phase, sidewalk bridging for pedestrian protection will be erected along the site perimeter on both 26th Street and 1st Avenue.

Construction Update, April 22, 2013: Saturday Work Hours Reminder

Work on Saturdays will continue through the end of June to help make up for the project's lost time. Saturday work hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Construction Update, March 21, 2013: Crane Use

A special use crane will be on site to remove machinery on Saturday, March 30th. Staging will occur on on 26th Street between Mount Carmel Place and First Avenue, closing the street between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Drivers headed eastbound should use alternatives such as 24th or 28th streets during this time.

Construction Update, February 1, 2013: Work Schedule Revision

Due to Hurricane Sandy and additional flood mitigation needs, the Basic Science project is not proceeding on schedule, and additional work hours are needed. Beginning Monday January 28, 2013, regular work schedules will be extended on an as-needed basis up until 6:00 pm, replacing the previous 4:00 pm finish time. Start times will remain at 8:00 am.

Starting February 9th, and continuing for several weeks, Saturday construction work will be necessary from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Construction Update, February 1, 2013: Noise Escalation

Through the month of February, neighbors may experience elevated levels of construction noise due to necessary rock excavation. The excavation is expected to be completed by March or April.

Construction Update, November 26, 2012: Crane Work

On or around December 3, 2012, a crane will be placed on 26th Street, reducing the width of the street from 16' to 13', and requiring the temporary elimination of roughly five parking spaces. This project is scheduled for completion by January, 2015.

Construction Update, June 7, 2012: Weekend Work Announcement

On Saturday June 9th, a contractor will be on-site to repair the air conditioner serving the site operator's cabin. This work will require the use of specialized machinery, which may create noise. The machinery will remain stationary, and the work should be completed in approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Construction Update, May 31, 2012: Work Update

Foundation work to 433 1st Avenue continues as scheduled.

Construction Update, April 5, 2012: Perimeter Fencing

Perimeter fencing has been fully erected around the site to ensure pedestrian safety. Regularly scheduled work continues at the site.

Construction Update, February 22, 2012: Weekend Work

Weekend work will be required to re-stripe the bicycle and traffic lanes on First Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets and on East 26th Street between First and Second Avenues.

Scheduled work dates are for Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, weather permitting. Rain dates are set for the following weekend: Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Construction Update, January 27, 2012: Start of Construction Phase

Site mobilization for construction is scheduled to begin the week of February 13, 2012, with foundation work scheduled to begin the first week of March. The scheduled construction completion date is December, 2014.

Construction Update, September 16, 2011: End of Demolition Phase

The demolition phase of the 433 1st Ave project is now complete; however, construction workers will be active onsite for approximately two more weeks. Maintenance crews will be on-site periodically in the coming months to perform basic upkeep.

Construction Update, August 16, 2011: Exterior Demolition

Exterior demolition is on schedule to be completed by the end of September 2011.

Construction Update, June 1, 2011: Demolition Phase

The start of the demolition phase will begin June 9, 2011. This construction work will be performed Mondays through Fridays, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No weekend work is anticipated. If work needs to take place outside of these hours advanced notice will be given to the community. The demolition is expected to be complete by August 30, 2011.

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Work hours

 

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • If work is required outside of these hours, advance notice will be given to the community and posted here on the project website.

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July 21 2014

Interior construction continues with the project scheduled for substantial completion by December 2014.

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