Brittany Hall<br>55 East 10th Street

Beginning in December, 2012, NYU will begin a full upgrade of Brittany Hall, including dormitory spaces, building offices, common areas, and life safety systems. Upon completion, the renovated Brittany Hall will continue to house many of the University's upperclassman in more energy-efficient, modern spaces.


Information for Neighbors


Project Timeline

  • The project will begin around December 12, 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by August 15, 2013.
  • On or around December 21, 2012, crews will begin removing the building's existing furniture. Neighbors can expect to see and hear moving crews and trucks along 10th Street for approximately 7-10 working days.
  • Starting January 2, a packer truck will stage near the building entrance along 10th Street to remove debris. The truck will be used most intensively over the first 12 weeks of the new year, but will be continue to be used periodically throughout the project.
  • A sidewalk shed will be erected during the first week of January around the building's perimeter as a safety measure and as per regulations from the New York City Department of Buildings.
  • During the spring (exact date as yet unspecified) street excavation will be required. Details are pending directives from the New York City Department of Transportation. As soon as specifics are determined, a notification will be given to the community.

Scope of Work


  • The scope of work includes upgrading the building's fire alarm and security networks, installing new sprinkler and fire pump systems, and connecting new emergency power generators.
  • Student apartments, including flooring and bathrooms, will be outfitted with new furniture and finishes. Several bathrooms will be converted to comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations.
  • The project will upgrade the building with the goal of reaching LEED Silver certification standards, involving new plumbing fixtures, windows, heating and cooling systems, and energy efficient LED lighting.
  • A hoist, or portable lift, will be installed along 10th Street to deliver materials. It will be used frequently for the duration of the project, starting in early January, 2013.
  • Pending NYC Department of Transportation approval, the northernmost lane of 10th Street will remain closed along the southern side of the building for the entirety of the project.
  • The majority of regular work will be interior, with exterior work occurring periodically throughout the project duration. Community members will be given advanced notification of external work.
  • The most intensive interior demolition will take place over the first 12 weeks of 2013. After this period has elapsed, internal activity will continue, and may be audible to nearby neighbors.
  • Because interior work will take place during dark hours, inside spaces will need to be lit per city code requirements. Interior construction lighting will continue for the entirety of the project.

Updates and Announcements


Construction Update, September 5, 2013: Construction Wrap-up

Brittany Hall is now occupied by student residents and is operating as a fully functional student dormitory. The minimal outstanding construction should be complete by the end of the week of September 3.

For the next several weeks workers will be making minor adjustments and touch-ups, so neighbors may notice the periodic presence of work crews arriving to and leaving the building.

The University thanks you for your patience throughout this construction project.

Construction Update, July 29, 2013: Furniture Deliveries

Furniture deliveries will begin July 27th, and take approximately 10 working work days to complete. Delivery hours are 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday, and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday. There are no deliveries on Sunday. Deliveries will arrive the 10th Street building entrance.

Street work, including Con Edison work, has been completed. However, a malfunction in an underground water service valve may once again require street excavation. Times and dates are to be determined; community notice will be given as soon as possible.

Construction Update, July 17, 2013: Two-Week Look Ahead

Major street work on 10th Street is scheduled for completion on or before July 21. Con Ed work crews may return to 10th Street for final utility connections during the following week.

Through the end of July, work crews will be completing light interior work and commissioning mechanical equipment.

During the week of July 22, workers will be adjusting equipment on the patio/roof area that abuts 53 East 10th Street. The work will be complete and the roof cleared of any debris by the end of that week.

At the end of July, the building's Broadway opening will be closed. Work crews will relocate to East 10th Street for the remainder of the project. Impact upon 10th Street should be minimal, and will only effect the last week of construction.

Furniture deliveries will begin arriving to the 10th Street entrance on Saturday, July 27th.

Saturday and Sunday work continues July 20th and 21st, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. This work is entirely interior and should not be noticeable to the neighbors.

Construction Update, July 12, 2013: Nearing Completion

Construction is expected to be complete and Brittany Hall ready for occupancy by August 15th.

Weekend Work: From 8:00 am Saturday, July 13 - 12:00 am (midnight) on Sunday, July 14, Con Edison will be finalizing Brittany Hall's utility service connections. This work is almost entirely internal, but because a building-wide power shutdown is required, residents may notice Con Ed crews working on 10th Street at the start and end of the work to disconnect power and then to finalize the installation. Work hours are dictated by Con Edison.

Furniture Deliveries: Furniture deliveries will begin on Saturday, July 24th and will last approximately 10 working days. Delivery hours are 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday, and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday. There are no deliveries on Sunday.

Street Work: Street work is expected to be complete by July 21, with the top surface of the asphalt entirely repaved. This work is several days behind schedule due to recent inclement weather.

Work Crew Presence: On-site personnel numbers have dropped by approximately 50% since being at full capacity two weeks ago. This has resulted in significantly less site activity.

Construction Update, June 27, 2013: Project Updates

The Brittany Hall renovation project is progressing according to schedule. Street work continues with the consistent noise levels and visibility expected through the second week of July.

General Update

The front door will not remain open past 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Project Timeline Updates

On Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 the rooftop generator will start up, and a fire alarm test will be conducted. Regular fire alarm tests and FDNY compliance exercises over the following 3-4 weeks.

From Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, the building's lobby floors will be sanded, polished, and buffed. The work will go on into the evening. Noise from this work is expected to be contained inside of the building.

Sunday work will be required for 4 weeks, beginning Sunday, June 30. Sunday work hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday work is interior only. Work times are pending permit approval by the NYC Department of Building.

The site will be closed on July 4th. July 3rd and July 5th will have normal work hours.

By the end of the July 8th work week, the number of onsite workers should reduce by approximately 50%.

Furniture will be delivered starting in the last week of July. Deliveries will take approximately 10 work days. Delivery hours are 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday, and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturdays.

Construction Update, June 26, 2013: Project Update and Work Hour Modification

The construction hoist and protective sidewalk bridging have been removed from the project site.

Street work along 10th Street to connect the building’s gas, electric, water, and sewers will continue until the middle of July.

Work hours for loud street work such as jack hammering and excavation will be 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Construction Update, June 21, 2013: Weekend Work Potential

Depending on the progress made by work crews on Friday and Saturday, site activity may occur on Sunday, June 23rd from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm as contractors complete polishing the floors of the building’s lobby. All work would be entirely interior.

Construction Update, May 31, 2013: Sidewalk Work on East 10th Street

Water and sewer service installation will require sidewalk excavation and intermittent jack hammering on East 10 Street, with an expected start date of Monday, June 3. Work hours are expected to be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Con Edison will also begin installing gas service in the same area, with electrical installation to follow in mid-June. Scheduling and hours for this work are directed by Con Edison. All work weather dependent and is expected to take approximately 6 weeks to complete, during which time pedestrian traffic will be rerouted around any outdoor work areas.

Construction Update, May 31, 2013: Hoist Deconstruction

The hoist on 10th street is expected to be dismantled beginning Monday, June 3rd.

Construction Update, May 30, 2013: Fire Alarm Pre-testing from May 31

As required by the Fire Department of New York, we will be intermittently pre-testing the fire alarm system, with expected pretesting dates running from May 31 and into July. Pretests will occur during work hours from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, will be intermittent and not constant, and are not expected to occur daily. The pretesting will not ring out an all floors, and most pretest sounds will not be audible to neighbors, but occasional building-wide tests may be heard outside of the building.

Construction Update, May 24, 2013: Weekend Work, Sunday May 26

Work at Brittany Hall may be required Sunday, May 26 if renovations cannot be completed on Saturday, May 25. The work in question is on the first floor and should not be noticeable to the surrounding community. Sunday work hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Construction Update, May 17, 2013: Water and Sewer Work on Broadway

Starting on Tuesday, May 21, contractors will begin installing new water and sewer infrastructure from the building’s Broadway side. Street excavation and intermittent jackhammering require a partial lane closure along Broadway. Work will take place Monday through Friday and is expected to take five working days to complete.

Construction Update, May 3, 2013: Sunday ConEd Work

Con Edison will be shutting down power at 55 East 10th Street this Sunday so that interior lighting can be safely disconnected and removed. The scheduling of this work on a Sunday comes at the directive of Con Edison. Work will take place primarily inside of the building from 9:00 am - 5:00 and should be quiet. Neighbors may notice Con Ed trucks on the street during this time.

Construction Update, April 30, 2013: Temporary Truck Staging Change

Due to instructions from the New York City Police Department, no street parking may take place on Broadway tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1st. This will impact the use and location of the Brittany Hall project's packer truck and garbage truck. For tomorrow only, beginning at 8:00 am, the trucks will be staged on on 10th Street.

Contractors will park the trucks as close to Broadway as possible, and will move the trucks back to Broadway immediately after they get the “all clear” from the NYPD.

Construction Update, April 12, 2013: April 20 Crane Use and Street Closure

At the direction of the New York City Department of Transportation, the crane lift planned for Saturday, April 20th has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 21st.

Use of the crane will require closing East 10th Street between University Place and Broadway to thru-traffic. No parking will be possible along this stretch of 10th Street during the crane lift, and cars that remain parked in this area will be towed.

The crane will arrive in front of 55 East 10th Street at 8am. The street will be cleared and reopen to vehicle traffic by 6pm. The street will remain open to foot traffic and a flagman will be present to safely direct pedestrians while the crane is in use.

No Parking notifications will be placed in the relevant areas at least 72 hours prior to the crane's arrival. A 4'x4' sign will be placed at the corner of University Place and 10th Street to alert traffic of the street closure.

In case of inclement weather the crane's arrival will be rescheduled for the weekend of 4/27.

Construction Update, April 12, 2013: April 20 Crane Use and Street Closure

Saturday, April 20th, a crane will stage near the entrance of 55 East 10th Street to lift critical mechanical equipment to the building's rooftop. The crane will arrive in the early morning, requiring the closing of East 10th Street between University Place and Broadway to vehicular traffic. Cars parked along 10th Street in this area will also need to be relocated while the crane is onsite.

Notification of the crane's arrival will be posted 48-72 hours in advance in impacted areas. Any cars that remain parked on 10th Street between University Place and Broadway on April 20th will be towed.

All work is weather and permit dependent and is susceptible to change. If a change in work hours or scope changes, additional community notification will be given.

Construction Update, April 8, 2013: Sidewalk Demolition

Starting April 9, select areas of the sidewalk outside of Brittany Hall will be demolished along both East 10 Street and Broadway. The demolition is needed to access below-grade areas underneath the sidewalk as part of the Brittany Hall restoration project. The demolition will require intermittent use of a jackhammer over the course of 2-3 days. All loud work will take place after 8am and finish by 6pm. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted around the outdoor work area.

Construction Update, March 15, 2013: Boom Truck Arrival

On Tuesday, March 19, a boom truck will arrive on 10th Street near Broadway to deliver materials to Brittany Hall's upper floors. The truck will be in place from 8:00 am until approximately 12:00 pm. All work is weather and permit dependent and is susceptible to change. If a change in work hours or scope changes, additional community notification will be given.

Construction Update, March 12, 2013: Revised Hoist Hours

Currently the project uses a delivery hoist from Monday through Friday. We have been able to refrain from its use on Saturdays, lessening noticable construction activity for many neighbors, and aim to continue this practice.

In order to ensure the greatest probability that the hoist will not be necessary on Saturdays, normal work week hours will be extended from 5:00 to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday. This will be effective immediately. Please note that DOB permits allow for hoist use until 6:00 pm.

Construction Update, March 11, 2013: Work Hour Revision

Work hours have been revised.

Formerly, work hours were 7:00 am - 12:00 midnight, Monday-Friday, and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturdays.
New construction hours are 7:00 am - 11:00 pm, Monday-Friday, and 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturdays.

Construction Update, February 13, 2013: Materials Deliveries

A boom truck will deliver sheetrock during work hours on February 14, 2013. The truck will set up in the lane closure at the corner of 10th Street and Broadway. Additionally, a concrete delivery and pump truck will arrive on Friday, February 15, working for most of the day during project hours. The pump truck will set up closer to hoist and enter through the front door of the building.

Construction Update, January 24, 2013: Boom Truck Arrival

Saturday January 26th, a boom truck will be parked on 10th Street near the Broadway corner from 9:00 am to approximately 12:00 pm. Materials will also be delivered through the building's primary entrance on 10th Street from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All work is weather and permit dependent and is susceptible to change. If a change in work hours or scope changes, additional community notification will be given.

Construction Update, January 24, 2013: Change in Demolition Hours

As of Tuesday, January 22nd, the remaining heavy demolition on the building's upper floors has been truncated.

Work hours are now 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, instead of 7:00 am - 8:00 pm. The noisiest of the demolition that remains, in the basement, will occur from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Construction Update, January 17, 2013: Upcoming Deliveries and Boom Truck Arrival

Saturday January 19, a single delivery of materials will arrive at 55 East 10th Street. The materials will unload in the closed lane on 10th Street, and utilize the 10th Street entrance to access the building. The delivery will start no earlier than 9:00 am and should be complete in a couple of hours.

On or around Wednesday, January 23 a boom truck, or temporary lift, will arrive on site to load materials through an elevated window on the corner of 10th Street and Broadway. The truck will set up in the closed lane on 10th Street and remain on site for several hours while materials are being unloaded.

All deliveries will closely follow all already established project operation hours.

Construction Update, January 17, 2013: Work Schedule Revision

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, there will be no work on Monday,
January 21.

Construction Update, January 10, 2013: Sidewalk Bridge and Hoist Installation

The erection of the sidewalk bridge will begin Thursday, January 10 and will take approximately 3 working days to complete. The sidewalk bridge is a safety precaution required by New York City building code and must extend 20 feet beyond the building's property line.

A portable lift, or hoist, will be erected outside of the building entrance to lift materials into the building. Installation of the hoist will begin during the week of January 14. To properly accommodate the hoist's staging, the northern lane of East 10th Street will be closed between the building's western property line and Broadway for the duration of the project. The lane closure will go into effect as early as January 14.

Construction Update, January 10, 2013: Change in Location of Packer Truck

Starting January 11, the packer truck which has been primarily staged along 10th Street will be relocated to Broadway for the duration of the project.

Packer truck use will be continue to be limited to the hours of 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Saturdays.

Construction Update, January 10, 2013: Work Schedule Revision

The following modifications have been made to the work schedule and project sequencing:

Hard demolition inside of the building will be halted at 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Internal work which may continues until midnight will take place away from any walls contiguous to neighboring buildings.

Saturday work hours have been revised. Original work hours were 7:00 am - 6:00 pm; current work hours are 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Construction Update, December 27, 2013: Renovation Schedule

Building renovations will begin on or around January 2nd. The use of a packer truck, which we anticipate to be the most noticeable portion of the project, will be necessary to assist in consolidating debris. The truck's use will be limited to between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays. If Sunday work is necessary, it will not start before 9:00 am nor continue past 6:00 pm.

In all cases, the packer truck will park and remove materials from 10th Street until 5:00 pm, at which time it will relocate to Broadway for the remainder of the working shift.

Construction Update, December 21, 2013: Furniture Removal and Abatement

Starting on Wednesday, December 26, existing furniture will be removed and abatement work will start in preparation for the building's renovation.

Removal will take place take place between Wednesday, December 26 and Saturday, December 29 from 8:00 am and 10:00 pm; Sunday, December 30 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm; and Monday, December 31 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Furniture will be loaded onto a truck in front of the dormitory on 10th street. Much of the removed furniture will be donated to nonprofits.

From December 28 through approximately the second week of January, building abatement will take place from 7:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight), Monday through Saturday. Sunday work is not anticipated. Material removal will not occur later than 10:00 pm; materials removed during late hours will remain inside of the building overnight and be removed the following day.

The abatement process is relatively quiet, and we do not anticipate neighbors to notice the work taking place inside of the building. Learn more about the University's abatement policies »