March 2013 Update
Monthly Newsletter for Columbia University’s
Manhattanville in West Harlem Development
olumbia’s long-term plan for the old Manhattanville manufacturing area will revitalize the four former industrial
blocks from 125th/129th to 133rd Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue, and three small blocks along the east
side of Broadway from 131st to 134th Street, into an environmentally sustainable and publicly accessible center for
academic and civic life woven into the fabric of the West Harlem community.
Project Scope What to Expect
The initial phase of development will include the Jerome L. Greene Although contractors carefully stage construction activities to
Science Center, the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a new home for the minimize disruption to the surrounding community, the nature of
Columbia Business School, and an academic conference center. construction work is such that some disruptions will occur. The
Later phases will emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship, including community should expect the following in the coming months:
biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, systems biology, and
urban and population studies, as well as housing for graduate Regular work hours are 7:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday.
students and faculty.
Additional work hours, until 10pm on weekdays, may be
Current Construction Activity required to complete concrete pours that began during
regular work hours. These extended work hours could
Abatement and Demolition
Abatement and demolition is ongoing at select vacant University- occur several times a week (Monday-Friday). Weekend
owned buildings within the blocks bordered by 12th Avenue, West work may be performed this month.
132nd Street, Broadway and West 129th Street. Closure of certain traffic lanes, parking lanes, sidewalks and
Slurry Wall and Foundation
We are currently in Phases 1A and 2 of the project, which include West 129th Street: One westbound traffic lane and the
excavation, slurry wall (concrete perimeter wall), and foundation south sidewalk will be maintained during this phase of
(part of the structural system that supports the buildings) the work. Sidewalk will be closed.
geotechnical borings, and utility relocation on the blocks bounded by West 130th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue
West 130th Street , 12th Avenue, and West 125th/129th Street, re-opened to vehicles and pedestrians. One eastbound
west of Broadway. traffic lane and the north sidewalk are opened.
Phase 1A: Completed the installation of 62 slurry wall panels.
West 131st Street: fully closed to vehicles and
Phase 2: 118 slurry wall panels will be installed.
pedestrians as of January 2013 for slurry wall work on
131st Street, from Broadway to a point approximately
400’ west of Broadway. No parking zones in effect in
More specific information about construction impacts can be found
in our weekly construction updates at campusplan.columbia.edu.
Please note that construction activities are subject to change based
on field conditions. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of
everyone who is temporarily inconvenienced by these projects.
March 2013 Update
Spotlight: Kevin Thomas Jobs and Opportunities
Job opportunities are currently limited as we are in the initial phases
of our vision. Major trade unions working on the site currently
include Laborers (locals 731, 78 and 79), Operating Engineers
(locals 14 and 15) and Dock builders (local 1456). As the project
progresses, we expect additional opportunities for people with a
wide range of skills and experience in the coming years.
Who He Is: Harlem native Kevin Thomas, is a General Foreman and We are working with our construction partner McKissack &
1 of 4 site safety managers at the Manhattanville development for McKissack to assist those interested in employment with
Lend Lease, the construction manager for this phase of the project. construction firms currently working at Columbia. For more
Years at Lend Lease: 27. He has worked at the Manhattanville information, please contact McKissack’s Office of Community
development since October 2010. Employment at 646-276-0979.
What He Does: Kevin is part of a team responsible for worker safety
for the Manhattanville development. “This project truly emphasizes Bidding Opportunities
clean construction and safety. My role is to help ensure safety on If you are interested in construction contracting opportunities, visit
and around the Manhattanville site.” On the site, Kevin ensures the http://campusplan.columbia.edu for upcoming bid opportunities.
use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as goggles,
hardhats, and construction boots. “We emphasize safety during Newsletter & Updates Distribution
orientation for new construction workers and at our daily morning
huddles for all workers to discuss scope of work for the day and This newsletter and our weekly construction updates will be available
specific safety hazards to be mindful of.” on the web at http://campusplan.columbia.edu and at various
Best Part of Job: The relationships he is able to build with his team locations at the project site and throughout the Manhattanville area.
at Lend Lease and Columbia. He also takes pride in seeing the
progress on the site. “We are working to safely turn visions into
realities—that is extremely rewarding. It is like seeing a rough rock
slowly transform into a diamond before your eyes.” Should you have questions about construction activity, call the
Previous Experience: Thomas was a Sergeant First Class in the U.S Columbia Facilities Services Center at (212) 854-2222, 24 hours a
Army. He joined the Lend Lease team 27 years ago. Prior to joining day, 7 days a week, or e-mail email@example.com. For more project
the Manhattanville development, Thomas worked at Ground Zero information and to sign-up for our e-mail updates visit
and several residential buildings in the community. “I was born and campusplan.columbia.edu.
raised in Harlem. Much of my family still resides in this community.
I am extremely excited to be part of this project.”
Most Memorable Moment: “The day the first slurry wall panel was
poured. For me, the magnitude of the panel symbolizes the
foundation of this great project.”
Hurricane Sandy: Thomas and other Lend Lease employees worked
with Columbia’s Public Safety and Manhattanville Development
Project Team to safeguard the site. Throughout the storm, they fixed
fences, nailed-down loose materials, tied equipment, maintained
scaffold bridges. “We were able to maintain the safety integrity of
the site because we live locally. All bridges and tunnels were closed;
however, we were able to come to work and secure the site.”
Other Thoughts: “This project has one of the best safety ratings for
projects of this size. This is due to much planning, preparation, and Illustrative Site Map for
execution on behalf of Lend Lease and Columbia. We want everyone Phase 1A Foundations
on contributing to this project to return to their families safely at the and Phase 2 Slurry Wall
end of the day. ”
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