181 Mercer Street

Overview

181 Mercer Street , the new multi-use building expected to be substantially complete in early 2022 and open in fall 2022, will house much-needed new classrooms, performing arts education and training spaces, a modern athletic facility, student and faculty housing, and approximately 7,500 square feet of space for a public atrium and community uses. This project also features a number of open space enhancements.

NYU is committed to minimizing the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the construction site and has developed a plan with Turner Construction Company (NYU’s construction manager for the project) to implement NYU’s Restrictive Declaration commitments for construction mitigation. With the approval of the Department of City Planning, Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR) has been retained as the independent third party monitor to oversee NYU’s mitigation efforts. HDR's quarterly reports can be made available upon request. Please email community.engagement@nyu.edu for more information. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.

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Work Hours

  • Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Workers may arrive onsite as early as 6:30 am.
  • Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Neighbors will be given advance notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Scope of Work

  • Decommissioning of the Coles building began in February 2016 and project site mobilization and demolition of the Coles building commenced in October 2016.
  • As per the NYC Department of Transportation and Department of Buildings, a sound attenuating construction fence was installed around the perimeter of the 181 Mercer Street site. To learn more visit the 181 Mercer Project FAQ page.
  • Intermittent loading and unloading of deliveries and equipment may temporarily impact vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Each access point will be used for project operations. Flag-people are scheduled to be onsite to guide vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the perimeter of the project site during the receipt of deliveries.
  • Periodic asbestos abatement will require the use of a specialized disposal container.
  • Salvageable items not dispersed to departments across the University were made available to local public schools and nonprofit organizations.
  • As with any active construction site, dust may be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work and noise and odors may be generated by hand tools and mechanical equipment. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.

Project Timeline

  • Pre-construction work began in February 2016. The project is expected to be substantially complete in late 2021 and the building is scheduled to open in fall 2022.
  • Project site mobilization and demolition of the Coles building commenced in October 2016 and continued through February 2017.
  • Excavation, which includes the removal of the existing foundation, rock, and soil, began in May 2017 and continued through winter 2018.
  • Foundation work began in fall 2017 and continued through early 2019. 
  • Core and Shell work includes the construction of the building structure and façade. Steel work began in February 2019 and the installation of facade panels began in summer 2020. Enclosure of the building is scheduled to be complete in fall 2021.
  • The landscaping of the Greene Street Walk and Play Garden began in spring 2021. 
  • The final fit out phase includes interior construction of the building.
  • The project is scheduled to be substantially complete in early 2022 and the building is scheduled to open in fall 2022.

Current Project Update

December 6, 2021

New Updates

Waterproofing is underway in the future Greene Street Playgarden. Work is scheduled to continue through the week of December 6, weather and site conditions permitting. This work will involve the application of a hot waterproofing material, which may emit steam and odor in the area immediately surrounding the work.

Con Edison has notified the 181 Mercer Street team that ongoing utility work is scheduled to continue intermittently through December 2021, weather and site conditions permitting. Con Edison's team will be working within the northern portion of the construction site and most activity will take place below grade in utility vaults located below the future Greene Street Walk (western side of the site). Work is expected to take place from 7:00pm to 6:00am, as many as seven days per week. As Con Edison shares details about the nature of their work with the 181 Mercer Street project team we will update neighbors accordingly.

  • Work inside the vaults is not expected to generate noise typical of Con Edison manhole cleaning work that happens on NYC streets overnight and that was heard over the last few weeks.

Ongoing Work

Installation of the building’s façade continues. Work is scheduled to continue through late 2021.

Site work for the Greene Street Playgarden and Greene Street Walk is underway on the west side of the site. Site work is expected to continue intermittently for the duration of the project. 

  • Waterproofing is underway in the future Greene Street Playgarden. Work is scheduled to continue through the week of December 6, weather and site conditions permitting. This work will involve the application of a hot waterproofing material, which may emit steam and odor in the area immediately surrounding the work.

Utility work to set up the connection for permanent Con Edison service for the 181 Mercer Street building is expected to continue intermittently through early 2022. This work will be performed in conjunction with Con Edison.

  • Please note, the details of Con Edison's work (i.e. work days, hours, and street access) will be dictated by the stipulations in City agency permits for the work. Portions of the work performed by NYU are expected to take place during normal work hours.

Tests to the building's air handlers and heat sources have begun. Per code requirements and union rules, workers will need to be onsite to monitor these systems. Monitoring will include hourly rounds of the building 24-hours a day, seven days per week. The workers will access the upper floors of the building using the exterior hoists until the interior elevators are running in early 2022.

The exterior hoists may be used outside regular work hours during weather-events to provide workers with access to the upper floors to monitor drain and roofing systems as the project transitions from a temporary to a permanent system. These operations take place while weather-events are taking place and for a while before and after the event to make sure water is not entering the building. The workers will access the upper floors of the building using the exterior hoists until the interior elevators are running in early 2022.

Deliveries are scheduled arrive and leave the site via tractor-trailer. Deliveries are scheduled to arrive both during regular work hours and for oversize and overweight loads, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) permits may stipulate deliveries outside normal work hours. Typically, the DOT will stipulate the truck's route to the site, as well as whether the truck will enter the site or queue near the site until the start of regular work hours. Following deliveries that arrive outside regular work hours, the construction site will remain closed until the start of regular work hours.

Previous Project Updates

Previous project updates and copies of Dust Monitoring Reports are available upon request via NYU Community Engagement at community.engagement@nyu.edu or 212-998-2400.

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