Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building in New York. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
We are providing site/civil and geotechnical engineering design services for a proposed medical education building in Manhattan. As part of the design effort, Transportation coordinated approvals with the NYCDEP for sanitary and storm sewer connections, including a large detention system, and coordination with the NYCDOB was required for the Builder’s Pavement Plan. Transportation also provided geotechnical engineering oversight during the soil-boring program which confirmed the high rock profile for the area – a critical component during the design stage with regards to excavation and foundations. Due to site constraints and the proposed building location, the existing parking garage entrance that serves the neighboring high-rise housing for the Columbia University Medical Center has been demolished and relocated. The relocated tunnel entrance was designed using precast roof panels so that the garage could remain open during construction. As part of construction support services, Transportation has been working closely with the construction manager reviewing shop drawings and request for information (RFIs) submittals. Complications have risen during construction, but the design team has been able to come up with creative solutions in order to allow the contractor to stay on schedule.
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