Urban Development Corporation
New York, NY
The Time Square Redevelopment Corporation, under the auspices of the Urban Development Corporation, requested that DiGeronimo Architects provide a critical path method (CPM) construction schedule for the entire $3 billion project, as well as the documentation required to preserve historical elements of the theater buildings.
DiGeronimo contributed historic preservation specification services, and handled construction and approvals scheduling for the historic district’s nine theaters throughout the 15 year planning and construction process, beginning in 1990.
DiGeronimo Architects prepared the required historic preservation specification portion included in theater leases for the developers. The specification outlines such precautionary measures as encasement of stipulated ornamental work, vibration monitoring, packing and off-site storage of designated ornamental work, and details of allowable construction and preservation methods.
The nine historic theaters located mid-block on 42nd Street were restored to their original grandeur to house repertory, non-profit and for-profit theatre productions. Plans for the 42nd Street Redevelopment Project included high-rise office buildings, a hotel complex and a merchandise mall.
DiGeronimo Architects negotiated the unique urban challenges posed by the site to coordinate construction deliveries and scheduling. Logistics were complicated by the site’s location on a major cross-town thoroughfare, by the convergence of four major subway lines under 42 Street, and the NY Times’ 24-hour trucking distribution operations on 43rd Street.