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Slurry Wall and Foundation

Abatement and Demolition

Manhattan Valley Viaduct Preparation Work


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Construction Schedule

The initial phase of development will include the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a new home for the Columbia Business School, and an academic conference center. Later phases will emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship, including biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, systems biology, and urban and population studies, as well as housing for graduate students and faculty.



Contact Information

Should you have a question about construction activity, we encourage you to call the Columbia University Facilities Services Center at (212) 854-2222 or e-mail projx@columbia.edu.

Construction Updates

Construction Activities for the Weeks of:
June 30 and July 7, 2014

What is happening

Slurry Wall and Foundations

  • Installation of foundation walls and other foundation elements to support the new buildings that will be constructed above the below grade space. This project is located within the eastern portion of the block bordered by West 129th Street, West 130th Street, Broadway, and 12th Avenue.
  • “Top-Down” construction work is complete
  • Performing punch-list items at the below grade

West 130th Street Work (between Broadway and 12th Avenue)

  • Installation of new structure in a portion of the area below grade that will allow for future development. Additionally, this structure will support the new street construction that consists of new road pavement, sidewalks, curbs, utilities and street lighting.
  • Excavation and removal of the existing soil
  • Installation of drilled shaft foundations
  • Install structural steel

Jerome L. Greene Superstructure

  • Masonry is being completed in below grade levels. Epoxy painting of below grade perimeter walls.
  • Building Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems continue to be installed on 2nd floor
  • Metal façade panels are being installed on 2nd floor
  • Glass facade panels are being installed on 3rd through 9th floors
  • Installation of MEP piping and ductwork on below grade levels through 6th floor
  • Elevator shaft and electrical closets framing is being installed
  • Bolting and welding of the steel is being completed on penthouse levels
  • Finish slab at SC4 level (below grade) to be poured

Lenfest Center for the Arts

  • Mobilization of construction equipment including crane for steel erection
  • Preparation work for ground floor steel will resume with wielding on the areas below nodes
  • Ground floor steel nodes complete
  • 150 Structural Steel pieces have been placed

-Please note that all activities are subject to change based on weather and other field conditions-

What to expect

Construction Activity

  • Regular work hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • West 130th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue is anticipated to remain closed until the summer of 2015
  • West 131st Street has been reopened. There is one eastbound and one westbound lane open

Temporary Traffic and Transportation Impacts

  • West 129th Street will be closed between Broadway and the intersection on 125th Street on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd from 7:00AM to 7:00 PM. It will also be closed on Saturday, June 28th & Sunday, June 29th from 7:00AM to 7:00 PM.
  • No standing on West 129th Street between Broadway and West 125th Street
  • West 130th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue is anticipated to remain closed until the summer of 2015
  • West 131st Street has been reopened. There is one eastbound and one westbound lane open

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