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Monday, August 25, 2014

Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech Structural Demolition Of Goldwater Hospital About To Begin - No Explosives Or Wrecking Ball Used, Large Excavator Will Tear Down Facade Together With Shearing Machine Cutting Through Steel Beams

Image Of Cornell NYC Tech Demolition Of Goldwater Hospital Today

Here's the most recent Cornell NYC Tech Construction Update describing

Image Of Cornell NYC Tech Demolition Of Goldwater Hospital Today

 the demolition

Image Of Cornell NYC Tech Demolition Of Goldwater Hospital Today

of Goldwater Hospital. According to the Cornell NYC Tech Roosevelt Island construction update:
August 15 - August 29 Look Ahead

All interior work in Building B is now complete. The roof abatement project is slated to be complete early the week of August 18th.

The heavy equipment necessary for structural demolition has arrived by barge and is currently being set up. The small connector building between Buildings C and E has already been demolished, which gives the larger equipment sufficient room to operate and maneuver. The contractors have been focusing on removing all the balconies on Building C. Once complete, the machines will begin to systematically remove the fa├žade. The waste will be packaged and placed into containers for removal. Due to the volume of waste and the speed at which it will be generated, barging events will occur more frequently. From Roosevelt Island, the waste travels to New Jersey, where it is transferred to trucks and continues to the final disposal sites.
During the July 28 meeting of Roosevelt Island Cornell Construction & Community Task Force, Cornell NYC Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters provided an update on the campus construction. Mr Winters reported that demolition is a little bit behind schedule but does not expect that to delay completion of Phase 1 by the planned 2017 date. Construction of the first academic building is expected to begin in January 2015 and is a 28 to 30 month project.

Mr. Winters also said that the  July 11 weekend power outage to Southpoint Park during an Outdoor movie

 Image of Deflating Outdoor Movie Screen During Power Outage From Frank Farance

was caused by Con Ed severing a cable intending to cut off power to part of Goldwater Hospital but which also cut off power to Southpoint Park. Con Ed was unaware that the cut cable provided power to Southpoint Park. (Reminiscent of the January 2014 undocumented water main line accidentally cut during Cornell construction?)

Aric Domozick representing PAL Environmental Services followed Mr. Winters with a more detailed presentation on abatement and demolition construction issues. Mr. Domozick explained that no explosives or wrecking ball will be used in the demolition. The demolition procedure is to use a very large excavator to pull down the structural facade elements and a shearing machine to cut through steel beams.

Here's the discussion.

and summary of the Task Force meeting from Cornell.

More on Cornell NYC Tech's use of barging during construction at this prior post.


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