The installation of the parasols at the top of the Transit Center oculus (shown), which will be used to direct sunlight down to the lowest levels of the Transit Center, has been completed. All photos courtesy MTAPhotos. MTAPhotos.
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority's construction of the new Fulton Street Transit Center
that will improve travel for nearly 300,000 commuters, residents and visitors to Lower Manhattan and better link 10 subway lines to PATH service and the World Trade Center site.
The Transit Center is more than 60% complete and on track for its scheduled June 2014 completion. The $1.4 billion project will feature 70,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and office space, as well as offer street-level ADA accessible entrances and include restoration of the historic Corbin Building, an 1888 landmark.
According to MTA officials, construction at the Transit Center building continues to progress well. The curtain wall of the building is being installed, with some of the steel mullions already in place and exterior glass delivery beginning this month. The installation of the parasols at the top of the Transit Center oculus, which will be used to direct sunlight down to the lowest levels of the Transit Center, has been completed.
Across the street from the Transit Center Building, the new Dey Street Entrance is nearing completion as finishes such as floor and wall tile work, stair treads and electrical work are installed. The Dey Street Entrance should open to the public later this summer.
Underground at the 4/5 Fulton Street Station the structural work at the northern end of the platform has been completed, strengthening a structure that was first opened to the public over 100 years ago as one of New York City’s first subway stations.
The Corbin Building, which is over 120 years old and is being restored and rehabilitated as part of the Fulton Street Transit Center project, is in the process of getting a central HVAC system installed for the first time in that building’s history.
The Fulton Street A/C Station mezzanine continues to receive new finishes, including floor tile and blue-tinted glass tiles on the mezzanine walls. Other components of the Transit Center have already been completed and opened for customer use, including the rehabilitated 2/3 Fulton Street Station, new 4/5 Fulton Street Station southern entrances, a new entrance at 135 William Street, as well as both platforms and a underpass at the R Cortlandt Street Station.