Plaza Construction awarded Fulton Street Transit Center contract

New York, NY (October 12, 2010) – Plaza Construction today announced it has been named  General Contractor, in a joint venture with Schiavone Construction, for the construction of the Fulton Street Transit Center, a 180,000-sq.-ft., $176 million project, that will modernize a critical Manhattan subway complex that serves hundreds of thousands of commuters every day. The complex is scheduled to open in 2014.

“This is the single most important renovation and upgrade of an existing subway complex in the entire city, and a crucial component of infrastructure within the MTA subway system,” said Richard Wood, President of Plaza Construction.  “We are proud to have been selected, in a joint venture with Schiavone, as the firm responsible for executing this complicated and essential project, which will be undertaken while the trains continue operate and serve MTA customers.”

The scope of work for the Transit Center consists of the complete building enclosure from the existing street level foundation through the roof. The facade is comprised of structural steel and glass topped with a beautiful and impressive glass dome oculus and clad in stainless steel panels. The main architectural feature of the structure is the oculus, an oval-shaped, glass and steel ceiling that allows sunlight to penetrate down into the facility and is striking in its detail and beauty. Resembling stained-glass windows in a traditional cathedral, the oculus will be the focal point of the space.

The interior of the building is constructed of architecturally exposed structural steel, glass storefronts, stainless steel panels, GFRC column covers and ceilings, granite flooring and decorated with a cable net structure with reflective artwork panels.

Spiral stairs, elevators and escalators shuttle passengers between the A, C, 4 and 5 subways and connects to the 2, 3, J and Z trains.

Artist rendering of the oculus attached; hi res version available from jfisher@rubenstein.com.

About Plaza Construction
Established in 1986, New York City-headquartered Plaza Construction provides construction management, general contracting, and project consulting services nationally.  Plaza is the sixth largest contractor in the New York region, with offices located in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC and New Jersey.  The company was ranked by Engineering News Record in 2008 number 65 out of the nation’s top 400 contractors with revenues in 2009 of $1.2 billion.  An industry leader in sustainability, Plaza has executed over $2 billion of LEED rated projects since 2005.  By combining its own construction expertise with its roots as a builder for its sister development firm, the company has earned a vaunted track record as an innovative executer with great attention to detail and cost resulting in the delivery of high quality buildings. Given these strengths, Plaza offers an entirely different brand of development management service to its clients throughout the greater New York area in addition to its general contracting and construction management services.