Telecom duct bank and telecom service installation to each building was finished in May, which wrapped up Phase II of the Commons Repair and Upgrade Project. Phase III started in April with Power and Construction Group (P&CG) installing the new electrical conduits that will feed the new lights on Commons, which is near completion.
The installation of the electrical hand holes and light pole bases will begin the week of July 7th. Concrete hand holes are junction boxes which house conduits coming from different directions and allow the electric wires to be connected safely and fed to specific devices (like the light poles or outlets).
Vacri is working on the Bernie Milton Pavilion. Two of the three footers are poured, with the third footer to be poured the week of July 21st.
NYSEG is also working on the Commons installing a new gas main and on Thursday, 7/3, will begin to bring new services into each building. Access from either the east or west will be blocked until the service the building is complete. This phasing is similar to when Vacri installed the telecom services to each building. Even though NYSEG gas is not technically part of the Commons Project, the Project Team is working to coordinate the work plan in the most effective and efficient manner to help keep the project on time.
The tragic accident at Simeon’s on June 20th created a slight setback in NYSEG’s plan to complete the gas main installation on the east end. This may impact other parts of the schedule. The concrete slab for the new pavers cannot be installed until the new gas services are brought into each building. We have divided the Commons into three areas; Bank Ally, 100 Block of E. State St, 200 Block of E. State St, with Bank Alley being the first area to have the concrete slab and paver work done.
The construction fence with the murals will slowly be removed in Bank Alley in preparation for the concrete slab. As the mural fence comes down, the panels will be stored at an off-site location for future construction projects. Chain link fence will be used as needed to create a safety area between the construction and pedestrians.
There are many building basement’s that extend underneath the Commons proper which we refer to as areaways. American Crafts areaway ceiling needs be reconstructed before the concrete slab can be poured. Vacri will begin work on reconstructing American Crafts ceiling that extends underneath the Commons sidewalk at the south end of Bank Alley on July 7th.
In mid-July, A&CP, the paving contractor, will start pouring concrete in the middle of Bank Alley and move north toward Seneca Street.
On the south side of the Commons, Vacri is laying asphalt 10 feet out from the building fronts on the dirt areas left by NYSEG’s gas main as well as putting asphalt on some low areas in pedestrian crosswalks. This will create a safer, more comfortable walking surface.
Given the slight setback of the accident on June 20th and NYSEG’s installation of the gas main and services the substantial completion date is still projected to be in November.