181 Mercer Street

181 Mercer Street

Overview

181 Mercer Street , the new multi-use building expected to be completed in late 2021, 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.

Work Hours

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

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. Read HDR's report from Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Spring 2017, or learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site. Learn more about the 181 Mercer Street design and its minor changes.

 

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 see a site map or visit our About the Project Site FAQ page.
  • Periodic material deliveries and staging, dumpster and asbestos disposal truck placement, crane use, etc, will be located within the fenced in perimeter of the project site.
  • 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 such as jackhammers, saw-cutters, excavators, and burners. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.
  • The 181 Mercer Street Open House Space, located at Washington Square Village Building 2, on West 3rd Street between Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place, is open to the public and the NYU community on Tuesdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm and by appointment. This space features renderings, schematics, and a model, and will remain open for the duration of construction. 

Project Timeline

  • Pre-construction work began in February 2016. The project is expected to be completed in late 2021.
  • Project site mobilization and demolition of the Coles building commenced in October 2016 and is expected to continue through February 2017.
  • Excavation, which includes the removal of the existing foundation, rock, and soil, is scheduled to begin in May 2017 and continue for approximately seven months. Foundation work is scheduled to follow and continue through late 2018.
    • The 181 Mercer Street team has submitted an application to the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) to take part in the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). Projects that are part of this program employ high quality cleanups that meet State standards. This program ensures that all vacant land with light to moderate levels of contamination—known as "brownfields"—can be cleaned up and redeveloped in a manner that protects public health and the environment.
    • More information about this program can be found at the OER website, which includes a Fact Sheet about the project’s participation in the program.  
  • Core and Shell work includes the construction of the building structure and façade. Enclosure of the building is currently scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020.
  • During the final fit-out phase, the building is enclosed and interior construction is underway. The landscaping of the Greene Street Walk will also occur during this phase. The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2021.

Current Project Update

November 20, 2017

Dust monitoring report for week of November 13 - November 17, 2017

Ongoing Work

  • Excavation, which includes the removal of the existing foundation, rock, and soil, is underway and is scheduled to continue through late 2017, weather and site conditions permitting. Below grade demolition continues in conjunction with excavation. 
  • Foundation work continues on site and is scheduled to continue through late 2018.
    • Drilling of the building's structural caissons continues onsite. 
    • Soil mixing continues at the northern portion of the site and is scheduled to continue toward the southern portion of the site. This work involves mixing soil and grout in the middle of the site to prepare and stabilize the area for drilling. Due to the nature of this work, a soil-concrete mixture remains in the vicinity of work at the end of each day's operation. This mixture cools and solidifies overnight.   
    • Installation of concrete footings for the foundation wall on the northern end of the site is underway and is scheduled to continue through mid-November. This work involves drilling and pumping cement into the ground. Steam will come out of the drill rig and rise to the surface. The excess mixture will be collected and removed once it is dry.
  • Con Edison's cable relocation work continues. This work is expected to take place between Bleecker Street and Houston Street along the future Greene Street Walk.  
    • Work is expected to take place Monday through Friday, between 7:00am and 3:30pm through fall 2017, weather and site conditions permitting. Please note, Con Edison dictates their own work days and hours and may perform weekend work as needed. 
    • As with any active construction site, dust may be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work and noise may be generated by hand tools and mechanical equipment such as saw-cutters and jackhammers.
    • Pedestrian traffic is not expected to be impacted by this work and vehicular traffic will be redirected as needed.

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