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Hayden Hall Renovation and Local Law 11 Facade Repairs, 33 Washington Square West

Starting in summer 2014, NYU will renovate the dormitory spaces, building offices, common areas, and life safety systems at its Hayden Hall dormitory. The project also calls for Local Law 11 facade maintenance work and connecting the building to the University's cogeneration plant.


Information for Neighbors


Project Timeline


Work has been scheduled in phases:

  • Summer 2014: Local Law 11 facade repairs and site preparation, including furniture removal and abatement of asbestos containing material.
  • Summer, fall, and winter 2014: hard demolition, including interior demolition, use of an exterior hoist, and materials removal.
  • Winter, spring, and summer 2015: Construction and fit-out, including interior renovations, window replacements, and a link-up to the NYU cogeneration plant.

Scope of Work


Project Details

  • Life safety systems will be upgraded, including fire alarms, sprinklers, and security networks.
  • New and efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be installed.
  • Student and staff apartments will be outfitted with new furniture, finishes, and bathroom facilities.
  • Windows on floors two through sixteen will be replaced. New windows have been approved by the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission.  
  • A hoist will be installed along Washington Place to transport materials into the work site. The location of the lift is dependent upon the NYC Department of Transportation.
  • The packer truck on Washington Place is scheduled to be staged on Washington Square West for the majority of the project. Periodically, it may need to be moved to Washington Place for short periods of time.
  • Connecting the building to NYU's cogeneration plant will require street excavation near the corner of West 4th Street and Washington Square West.  
  • Facade repairs will require the occasional grinding and removal of mortar and masonry. This work is done with small hand tools and will create some noise. A minimal amount of dust will be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work.
  • As with most Local Law 11 work, contractors may require the use of a swing scaffold to lower themselves down the side of the building.
  • If any asbestos containing material, or ACM, is detected in the mastic that lies behind the brick facade, contractors will implement safe abatement protocols to securely dispose of it. Contractors can only detect ACMs when they removed bricks; if they discover any, they will safely handle, remove, and bag the material, whereupon it will be transported to a protected ACM disposal unit.
  • Protective sidewalk bridging will be erected around the building's perimeter prior to the start of Local Law 11 work. It will remain up for the duration of the project.

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, October 8, 2014

Interior abatement is now complete and abatement of the existing windows is scheduled to start in December.  The packer truck on Washington Place is scheduled to be staged on Washington Square West for the majority of the project. Periodically, it may need to be moved to Washington Place for short periods of time. As per the Department of Transportation, a hoist to transport materials into the building will be erected on Washington Place where delivery trucks will be unloading materials. This will require the removal of the tree closest to the hoist location and the closure of the parking lane along Hayden Hall (at Washington Place).  Interior demolition is scheduled to continue through December and installation of new windows is scheduled to start in January.

Construction Update, August 4, 2014

Starting the week of August 4, workers will begin the first stages of interior demolition. An abatement truck and a packer truck to grind debris will be located on Washington Place. Local Law 11 work is scheduled to continue through early autumn, Abatement through early October, and interior demolition through November.  

Construction Update, July 1, 2014

Interior abatement is scheduled to begin Monday, July 7 and continue through early fall. An abatement container will be placed on the corner of Washington Place and Washington Square West. If any asbestos containing material is detected, contractors will implement safe abatement protocols to securely dispose of it. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, and Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Construction Update, June 9, 2014

The project timeline has been established and work has begun.


Work hours


  • Monday - Friday
    7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays where needed
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Latest News

October 8, 2014

A hoist is scheduled to be erected on Washington Place and interior demolition continues.  

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