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  1. 1. 83 New York Construction 6/2006 Work began in March on the World Trade Center memorial in Manhattan, a highly anticipated project at the central site of the Sept. 11 tragedy. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which is heading up development of the project, plans to open the facilities in September 2009. The heart of the project is the creation of Reflecting Absence, a 6-acre memorial that will sprawl through the rectangular trade center site. It also will entail con- struction of a 100,000-sq.-ft. below-grade memorial facility. Separate projects not yet begun will create a new visitors center and a performing arts venue. The development corporation reported that the memorial-museum facility budg- et was $493 million in April, though it planned on releasing an updated budget later this spring. Led by Bovis Lend Lease of New York as construction manager, crews began site preparation work in March, including de- bris removal, engineering and surveying work, delivery of construction materials, and construction of protective barriers around the box beam columns of the orig- inal Twin Towers. The project schedule calls for installing 125 footings for the complex’s structural columns by June and pouring concrete for the structures in early summer. Designed by Michael Arad of New York-based Handel Architects and Peter Walker of Peter Walker and Partners in Berkeley, Calif., in conjunction with asso- ciate architect Max Bond of New York- based Davis Brody Bond, the memorial plan calls for a tree-lined, ground-level plaza with two 200- by 200-ft. fountains, from which water will fall 30 ft. into re- flecting pools. A 30- by 10-ft. mock-up of the fountains is being tested in Toronto. The memorial grounds will feature 400,000 cobblestones and paving stones and 92 benches representing the home countries of trade center victims. A ramp will allow visitors to walk behind the wa- terfalls to the below-grade spaces, which will have areas for visitors to reflect, a mausoleum for unidentified remains of Sept. 11 victims, space to display Sept. 11 artifacts, and an access point to the origi- nal slurry-wall foundation of the towers. The planned visitor center will serve as an entry to the memorial plaza at Fulton and Greenwich streets. Located at the northeast corner of the memorial plaza, the $80 million center, designed by Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, will also serve as a buffer between the city and the me- morial. The center has been vastly scaled down from an original 250,000-sq.-ft. structure after state leaders scrapped plans for it to house cultural institutions last year. The new smaller design was ex- pected to be released in late spring. << Key Players Developer: Lower Manhattan Development Corp. Construction Manager: Bovis Lend Lease Architect: Handel Architects; Peter Walker and Partners; Davis Brody Bond 11 Top Projects Started World Trade Center Memorial Cost: $493 million
  2. 2. 85 New York Construction 6/2006 A quartet of owners started construc- tion this year on Trump Plaza in Jersey City, a two-tower condominium complex that is expected to result in New Jersey’s tallest residential buildings. In the works since 2000, the $415 mil- lion complex faced various changes along the way, including a new project name, an expanded ownership roster, and most re- cently a last-minute switch of construction managers before work began in January. The project had its origins with two lo- cal developers, the Applied Cos. of Hobo- ken and Panepinto Properties of Jersey City. Panepinto had bought the 1.86-acre tract a few blocks away from the Hudson River, and after signing on Applied, it planned to build a rental residential devel- opment called HarborSpire on a design by DeWitt Tishman Architects of New York. But early in 2005, Metro Homes of Hoboken bought a controlling stake in the property and obtained a rezoning to shift the use to condominiums. Then, last sum- mer, the Trump Organization, led by real estate celebrity Donald Trump, joined the project and will manage the building up- on its completion. The original plan was for a ground- breaking last year and a November 2007 completion, but the start was delayed when Metro Homes decided to switch from its initial construction manager, New York-based Bovis Lend Lease, to A.J.D. Construction of Leonardo, N.J. Dean Geibel and Paul Fried, the owners of Metro Homes, said the switch resulted from a greater comfort level with A.J.D. and its experience building various high- rise residential buildings in northern New Jersey in recent years. The completion date has shifted to early 2008. Foundation work was well under way by spring, with caissons drilled into bedrock for 22 poured concrete piles that will sup- port a 328,658-sq.-ft., seven-story base linking the two towers as well as the 55- story “west” building, which will be 565 ft. tall. The base, which will house a 696- space parking garage, will occupy every inch of the lot, which is bounded by Wash- ington, Bay, Green, and Morgan streets and within walking distance from ferry, subway, and light-rail transit facilities in downtown Jersey City. Most of the base and the 531,500-sq.-ft. western tower, which will have 445 condo- minium units, make up the first phase of the project. The other tower, on which work will start this year, is a 50-story, 481,283-sq.-ft. structure that will have 417 units and open in 2009. The design calls for a staggered posi- tioning of the buildings and a stepped, two-toned masonry façade. Windows will span nearly floor to ceiling, allowing views of Lower Manhattan for majority of the units, which will be available in studio to three-bedroom layouts ranging from 750 to 2,224 sq. ft. Metro Homes would not re- lease sale price information on the units. To distinguish the project from develop- ments sprouting along New Jersey’s Hud- son River shoreline, planned amenities in- clude 24-hour door and concierge service; 23,000 sq. ft. of retail space; and a world- class restaurant. Other features include a high-tech “business bar,” virtual golf course, outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, spa with massage rooms, enclosed basketball court, 8,200- sq.-ft. fitness center, and children’s play- ground. American Leisure of Nanuet, N.Y., a fitness, lifestyle, and spa consulting firm, helped design the “South Beach”- style haven. << Key Players Owner-Developer: Metro Homes Equity Owners: Trump Organization; Panepinto Properties; Applied Cos. Architect: DeWitt Tishman Architects General Contractor: A.J.D. Construction Structural Engineer: Goldstein Associ- ates Concrete Contractor: Forsa Construction Fitness Center Design Consultant: American Leisure 12 Top Projects Started Trump Plaza Jersey City Cost: $415 million
  3. 3. 87 New York Construction 6/2006 Developers are already building big in Downtown Brooklyn only two years af- ter a major municipal rezoning, with sev- eral planned projects aiming well above the existing skyline. Work is already un- der way on a $400 million pair of towers at 306 and 313 Gold Street that may be the tallest project on the boards. Developed by Ron Hershco and Dean Palin on a parcel purchased by Hershco in February 2005, the 400-ft.-tall 306 Gold Street is the first ground-up resi- dential high-rise to start in the district since the 2004 approval of a Downtown Brooklyn rezoning plan, which allows larger residential and commercial devel- opment. New York-based Ismael Leyva Architects designed the project. Plaza Construction of New York broke ground on 306 Gold, the first phase of the project, in April. The 40-story tower will be ready for occupancy in late 2007 and complete in January 2008. The 400,000 sq. ft. building will have 303 condominium apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom pent- houses, a 50-ft. lap pool, fitness center, screening room, parking garage, and 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. The building will also have 24-hour door- man and concierge services. Work on the second tower, 313 Gold Street, will get under way in August. The 35-story, 250,000-sq.-ft. building will have 214 condominium apartments, a 50-ft. lap pool, fitness center, and screening room. The two buildings are close to the Man- hattan Bridge, as well as a Long Island Rail Road station and several New York City Transit subway lines. The developer withheld sale prices for the condominium units. TerraMark De- velopment of Sugar Land, Texas is serv- ing as development and marketing con- sultant. << Key Players Owner: Ron Hershco and Dean Palin Construction Manager (306 Gold Street): Plaza Construction Architect: Ismael Leyva Architects 13 Top Projects Started 306-313 Gold Street Cost: $400 million
  4. 4. 89 New York Construction 6/2006 In the end, the house always wins – which might explain why just a few years after completing the $1.1 billion Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., in 2003, its owners quickly embarked on big-ticket expansion projects. Work on a new $325 million hotel tow- er began at the end of last year, right on the heels of a $200 million project that got into the ground last spring to expand the casino, spa, and retail setup. The tower is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2007, several months after the casino expansion will open. The new hotel will connect to the low-rise casino, but stand tall in the bur- geoning Atlantic City skyline. The new structure will have 39 stories and rise 457 ft., falling just short of the existing hotel’s 43 stories and 479-ft. height. While the original 2,000-room tower is the tallest building in Atlantic City, a new Harrah’s Hotel & Casino cur- rently under construction will eventually surpass the Borgata. The new tower will be separate from the existing hotel. It will contain roughly 800 rooms, suites, and condominiums; sever- al pools; additional spa facilities; and meeting rooms. The tower is rising on the site of a park- ing lot. To accommodate the loss of park- ing, the expansion project also entails the construction of a new 1,600-space park- ing garage. Construction of the tower’s foundation has already begun. Much like the existing Borgata buildings, the new structures will stand on steel piles driven 65 ft. into the ground. The new hotel tower will require the installation of roughly 900 such piles, while the parking garage will stand on 215 piles, though they will have greater spacing between them. Work on the concrete superstructure is slated to begin this month. The structure will have a face of metal and glass, similar to the existing Borgata buildings that have glass and stone exteriors. It will stand on a steel podium. Borgata’s Las Vegas-based owners, Boyd Gaming and MGM Mirage, hired a joint venture of New York-based Tishman Construction and W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss., as construction man- ager, the same team that built the original complex and that is already working on the casino expansion. << Key Players Owner: MGM Mirage; Boyd Gaming Construction Manager: Tishman Construction; W.G. Yates & Sons Architect: Joint venture of Bower Lewis Thrower Architects and Cope Linder As- sociates Structural Engineer: Cagley Harman & Associates Site Engineer: Paulus Sokolowski & Sartor M-E-P/Security Engineer: Giovanetti Shulman Associates Landscape Consultants: Cairone & Kaupp 14 Top Projects Started Borgata Hotel Tower Cost: $325 million
  5. 5. 91 New York Construction 6/2006 New Jersey Devils fans are used to cel- ebrating wildly at the sight of a red light flashing above the opposing goalkeeper’s net because that signals a score. But it was a green light in February that had team and municipal officials cheering. A state Superior Court judge threw out a three-year-old lawsuit at the end of March and ruled that Newark authorities were within their rights to redirect rent payments the city collects for Newark In- ternational Airport toward development of a new 18,000-seat arena. The ruling, which frees the city to use the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s rent payments for the airport, ap- pears to have cleared the way for the $310 million arena in downtown Newark to move ahead and provide the National Hockey League franchise with a home for the next 30 years. The arena is set to open by October 2007, just in time for the Dev- ils to start a new NHL season. Despite the lawsuit, sitework had got- ten under way in October. Workers had to move 80,000 cu. yd. of dirt just to prepare the site. The 850,000-sq.-ft. complex will con- tain an estimated 8 million lb. of struc- tural steel, another 9,000 tons of steel, and 25,000 cu. yd. of concrete. A joint venture of Bovis Lend Lease of New York and Hunt Construction Group of Indianapolis is general contractor and construction manager. HOK Sport of Kansas City was tapped as architect for the project, with Morris Adjmi Architects of New York stepping in as the arena’s exte- rior architect and El Taller Colaborativo of Newark as associate architect. The arena will be one of the most elab- orate and modern complexes in the NHL. Inside, the facility will house a 4,800-sq.-ft. LED screen above the ice, 750 television monitors, 78 suites, 150 points of sale, 12 escalators, eight elevators, and a gourmet restaurant that will overlook the rink. As part of a core redevelopment pro- gram planned for the downtown Newark neighborhood around the arena, the Dev- ils franchise and other developers are planning a 300-room hotel, 100,000-sq.- ft. office building, 1,000-space parking garage, and a community and cultural center. The new arena will be owned by the city and the Newark Housing Authority. The Devils will pay rent to both, which will amount to a portion of gross revenues generated by the facility, but no less than $4.5 million per year. << Key Players Owner: City of Newark and the Newark Housing Authority Construction Manager: Joint venture of Bovis Lend Lease and Hunt Construction Group Design Team: HOK Sport; Morris Adjmi Architects; El Taller Colaborativo 15 Top Projects Started Newark Arena Cost: $310 million