Martin Tagliaferro and his team at the 96th Street station had the challenge of completing entrances and coordinating with the systems contractor to complete FLS testing to have the station ready for an opening to the public on Dec. 23 hosted by the governor and other dignitaries. Appreciating the importance of first impressions, cleaning and addressing finish details continued until just hours before the opening. Tagliaferro and his team successfully directed the contractor and the key subcontractors to meet revenue service date requirements.
David Frank and his team at the 63rd Street station were faced with completing stairway/platform entrance finishes, completing FLS testing and having the new station entrance “white glove” clean. Working with MTACC, Frank’s team successfully coordinated the work between the station and systems contractor so that it was ready for an opening to the public on Jan. 1.
Amitabha Mukherjee and his team at the 72nd Street station faced perhaps the biggest challenge, as that station was considered the most unlikely to meet the Jan. 1 deadline. The mezzanine and entrance finishes were behind, systems testing had yet to start, remaining electrical work was significant, elevator/escalator testing was lagging and the code observation list was increasing.
Mukhurjee and his team, with the help of startup specialist Dave Fertal, focused their efforts on driving the contractor to complete the work using multiple shifts, parallel work paths and coordinated pre-requisite work between the station and systems contractor. The level of effort was enormous and not only was the station successfully opened, it was selected to host a gala opening party hosted by the governor on New Year’s Eve.
At the 86th Street station, the platforms and mezzanine were in good shape, but construction manager Martin Hall, resident engineer Harshad Pandit, and their team faced a challenge in completing the station entrance when it became clear in late December that a supplier would not be able to deliver the laminated tempered glass needed for the station’s canopy in time to open the station to the public on Jan. 1.
Hall and Pandit, working with MTACC, made a decision to use Lexan and stainless steel in place of permanent glass for the opening. Developing that work-around was key to ensuring the station opened on time and was only one of many instances where “we had to do things outside of the box,” according to Pandit.