181 Mercer Street

Overview

181 Mercer Street , the new multi-use building expected to be complete in 2022 and open in spring 2023, 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 2022 and the building is scheduled to open in spring 2023.
  • 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 complete in 2022 and open in spring 2023.

Current Project Update

December 5, 2022

Upcoming Work 

  • Pending Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, repaving of Mercer and Bleecker Streets has been rescheduled. This work may begin as early as the week of Monday, December 5. Per DOT stipulations, work will continue over consecutive weekends overnight from 10:00pm to 6:00am. Vehicular traffic will be suspended on Bleecker Street between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street, and along Mercer Street from Bleecker Street to West Houston Street. A pedestrian detour will be installed along Bleecker Street and the eastern sidewalk on Mercer Street will remain open. Contractors will be milling the roadway and pouring new asphalt. The roadway will reopen outside of the above stated work hours.
  • Per the Restrictive Declaration, NYU committed to building a space for a community facility tenant. A draft marketing plan has been published and is available for public comment. Please submit any comments to NYU Community Engagement at community.engagement@nyu.edu by January 3, 2023. Following the public comment period, applications will be open for up to one year, or until a community tenant is identified. 

Ongoing Work

  • Site work around the perimeter of the project is ongoing. This work includes demolition, foundation work, and reestablishing the roads and sidewalks within the site fence. Site work is scheduled to continue for the duration of the project.
  • Deliveries are scheduled to 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.
  • 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 that will be used to cut, bolt, weld and fasten steel. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.

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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