NEW YORK, NY — General contractor Stalco Construction has completed a $7.2 million renovation of the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC’s) aquatics center, including the 220,000-gallon pool. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) served as the project manager. BMCC is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system.
The 4,575 s/f pool is located in a campus building on Harrison St. and the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan. “We performed extensive aesthetic and infrastructure renovations to the 10,500 s/f facility, including work on the steampipe network and the concrete structural system underneath the pool,” stated Kevin Harney, Stalco’s principal and CFO.
While the pool was taken out of service during construction, the team was working during the school year (as well as over holidays) in an occupied building on a busy college campus within a crowded city. Thus, security of access and construction safety were of the utmost importance. “First, we completely fenced off the entire construction area, making sure students and faculty could not enter the site. The next step was to remove two large 5'x12' windowpanes from the pool area on the Harrison St. side. With this, we created independent access to the construction area,” said Stalco’s Christopher Caulfield, a superintendent on the project. The Stalco team was careful to ensure that this independent access did not interfere with foot traffic.