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February 8, 2015

New York MTA awards future LIRR building contract to GCT Constructors

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US has selected GCT Constructors, a joint venture consisting of Schiavone Construction and John P Picone, for a $404.8m contract to build future Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) concourse at Grand Central Terminal (GCT).

By Samseer M

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US has selected GCT Constructors, a joint venture consisting of Schiavone Construction and John P Picone, for a $404.8m contract to build future Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) concourse at Grand Central Terminal (GCT).

Under this contract, the scope of works includes the construction of architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical facilities, along with escalators and elevators for the 375,000ft² passenger train concourse and related ventilation plants.

GCT will built 17 escalators at 45th, 46th, 47th and 48th Streets and install elevators connecting the LIRR passenger concourse to the train station caverns 140ft below Park Avenue.

"Up to this point, East Side Access work at Grand Central Terminal has been largely unseen by the public."

In addition, the contract will see the installation of emergency egress stairs and the associated architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical finishes and equipment.

MTA Capital Construction president Dr Michael Horodniceanu said: "Up to this point, East Side Access work at Grand Central Terminal has been largely unseen by the public.

"This contract finally brings the construction from 140ft below-ground up to the dining concourse at GCT and in other places where the public will finally start to see what’s been going on right underneath their feet."

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This contract will also lead to the creation of passenger connections from the new LIRR Concourse up to Grand Central’s lower-level dining concourse, Grand Central’s Biltmore Room on the upper level and cross passageways at 45th and 47th Streets, MTA stated.

The mechanical and electrical fit-out of ventilation buildings at 44th and 50th Streets, including the installation of eight large fans and associated system equipment, will also be covered under this deal.

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