Overview

NYU will upgrade the capacity of the Co-Generation Power Plant to accommodate increased electricity and heating and cooling service for greater energy efficiency at 181 Mercer Street. In addition to 181 Mercer, once the upgrades are complete at the Co-Generation Power plant, Washington Square Village will be connected to the Co-Generation Power Plant for backup emergency power. This will provide electrical service, in case of an emergency, for the common areas of the buildings including the elevators, hallways, and the stairwells.

This project will include demolition, abatement, and the installation of new plant emergency generators and chiller equipment within the plant and the bike rack area behind Tisch Hall. Work is also scheduled to take place within the Washington Square Village and Silver Towers parking garages. Trenching across West 3rd and Bleecker Streets between Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place is also scheduled in order to accommodate new piping and conduits. The project is scheduled to begin in late September 2017 and continue through winter 2021.

Work Hours

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, on West 3rd Street
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Some night and weekend work may be required.
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of night or weekend work. 

Current Project Update

April 26, 2021

Work in the Co-Gen Plant continues.

Scope of Work

Co-Generation Plant and Street Work

  • This project will include demolition, abatement, and the installation of new plant emergency generators and chiller equipment within the plant and the bike rack area behind Tisch Hall.
  • In order to install mechanical piping and conduits, trench digging will be required across the West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street, between Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place.
  • An emergency generator will be stationed on West 3rd Street behind Tisch Hall in order to provide backup power for the duration of the project. The generator will be tested weekly.
  • An enclosure will be built around the bike rack behind Tisch Hall around the area where demolition and abatement are scheduled to occur, in order to provide additional sound and dust mitigation.
  • As early as November 2017, the bike storage area may be periodically inaccessible due to construction. Residents and students who use this area regularly should anticipate periods of intermittent, reduced access.
  • Pending DOT permit approval, mechanical and electrical work on West 3rd Street will begin as early as fall 2018, and will involve partial street and lane closures.
  • Periodic material deliveries and staging, waste removal, crane operations, and equipment removal and installation will be located along West 3rd Street. This work will require lane closures and parking restrictions on West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street between Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place, pending DOT permit approval. A sidewalk shed will be installed on the north side of West 3rd Street for pedestrian safety throughout the duration of the proejct. Temporary power, mechanical, and water shutdowns may be necessary. Neighbors will be given advanced notice of this work before it occurs.
  • As with any active construction site, dust may be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work and noise may be generated by mechanical equipment, such as jackhammers.

Washington Square Village Garage

  • The scope of work within the Washington Square Village garage is expected to include demolition, abatement, and the installation of mechanical piping and conduits along the ceiling of the garage to connect the plant to 181 Mercer Street. A temporary construction barrier is expected to be installed to separate the work area from the remainder of the garage.
  • Some parking spaces will be rendered inaccessible while work is performed in the garage.
  • Temporary power, mechanical, and water shutdowns may be necessary. Washington Square Village residents will be given advanced notice of this work before it occurs.
  • Work is scheduled to commence in May 2018, and continue through fall 2018. Work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Some night and weekend work may be required. Washington Square Village residents will be given advanced notice of night or weekend work.
  • 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, welders and burners.
  • Periodic material deliveries and waste removal will be located along West 3rd Street. 

Silver Towers Garage

  • The scope of work within the Silver Towers garage is expected to include demolition of sections of the Silver Towers garage, abatement, and the installation of mechanical piping and conduits along the floor of the garage to connect the plant to 181 Mercer Street. A temporary enclosure is expected to be installed to separate the work area from the remainder of the garage. Material storage and staging is expected to be located within the temporary enclosure.
  • Some parking spaces and parts of the bike storage area will be rendered inaccessible while work is performed in the garage. Residents whose parking spaces are impacted will be notified about alternate parking and residents with bikes in storage will be notified with alternate storage locations within the garage.
  • Water shutdowns may be necessary. Silver Towers residents will be given advanced notice of this work before it occurs.
  • Work is scheduled to commence in September 2018, and continue through spring 2019. The work is scheduled to take place in phases, with saw-cutting of the concrete floor scheduled to take place in fall 2018, and installation work taking place in one area of the garage followed by the second area. Work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Some night and weekend work may be required. Silver Towers residents will be given advanced notice of night or weekend work.
  • 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, welders and burners.
  • Periodic material deliveries and waste removal will be located along Houston Street.

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