Construction officials talk decarbonisation, design and construction at CO Forum – Trade Observer

Construction officials talk decarbonisation, design and construction at CO Forum – Trade Observer

New York City is on the cusp of a major decarbonization initiative, Local Law 97, which will require the electrification of buildings, greening the grid, and improving indoor air quality.

During the Design and Construction Forum held by the Commercial Controller on October 24 in The Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkContractors, engineers and project managers have been trying to figure out the best ways to implement those new standards by next year, when the law takes effect, while keeping projects on time and on budget.

Jimmy Torres Springerwho presides Metropolitan Transportation Authority‘s Construction and development arm, the keynote began with Ryan Dougherty Subordinate Geothermal Energy Exchange Organization By talking about what the agency is working on as part of its current $55 billion capital program. The majority of what the MTA does is quality repair work, including fixing tracks, updating signals, updating often century-old subway stations, and resiliency work designed to keep the subway system from being overwhelmed during the next big crisis. Storm.

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Tom DerCole, Joshua Ramkissoon, and Adam Chernow speak at the Commercial Observer’s Design and Build Forum at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Greg Morris

However, Torres-Springer noted that 17 percent of the agency’s current budget goes toward expansion work — “the stuff that makes the headlines” — which is the most expensive. He tried to counter the narrative about how expensive it would be to build new subway lines in the five boroughs by pointing out that the New York City subway was, far and away, the busiest transit system in the country in terms of ridership volume.

“The cost of the Second Avenue subway is very high per mile,” Torres-Springer said, referring to the fact that the new line, which costs $2.8 billion per mile, has become the most expensive subway project in the world. But the average cost for a daily commuter is about $30,000. “Any other investment in transportation that the federal government will make is $80,000, $100,000, $120,000 per passenger.”

He also said the MTA was using design-build, phased-in design and public-private partnerships in an effort to finish projects faster.

Cost efficiency was also a big focus of the forum’s first session, which centered around making office buildings more energy efficient, largely by converting them to all-electric heating and cooling. Maxwell Hatfield-Biondo From an engineering company Jaros, Baum and Bowles He moderated the discussion, while Ben Rodney From the owner Heinz, Laura Bush to Consigli Building And Alex Gulassi to What is with you RXR They discussed how to reduce the carbon footprint of the city’s largest buildings.

“Not every building is going to be a great candidate for these large decarbonization projects,” Rodney said. “We’ve been asked to evaluate buildings or consider an acquisition about what it would take to go all-electric. (You have to ask): How can I maximize the efficiency of the building and can I do it all-electric?

pointed to 345 Hudson Street As a particularly difficult example, because it includes the radio broadcast infrastructure for 1010 wins. Hines and its engineers figured out how to recycle the heat generated by the radios and use it to help warm (and cool) the rest of the building.

In the next panel, Plaza building‘s Tom DercoleDeveloper Related CompaniesJoshua Ramkissoon And construction manager toAdam Chernow She talked about making construction sites and buildings more efficient using project management platforms, models and site-level sensors.

Sensors and meters, in particular, play an important role in managing the heating, cooling, and energy use of a larger building. “Measurement is important,” Ramkissoon said. “You can’t make it more efficient if you don’t know where the energy is going.”

When it comes to controlling heating and cooling on a room-by-room basis, Related has not yet implemented that level of control for tenants — but it may happen someday, he noted.

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Steve Levine, John Rice, and Jones Walker discuss indoor air quality at the CO Design and Build Forum. Greg Morris

“Some smart building technologies are being incorporated by Related,” explained Ramkissoon. “It’s slowly evolving. “We can’t control the temperature in the conference room from our phones yet, but I can call the elevator from my phone.”

The third session of the day revolved around indoor air quality Steve Levin to Atmosair, John Rice to Heritage Engineers And Jones Walker From the architecture and design company Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“I want to create a healthier, cleaner, safer environment,” Levine said. Installing “a dashboard in the reception area, so people can see the air quality, so they can look at VOC levels, carbon dioxide levels” helps tenants feel better, especially in a larger commercial building, he said.

Rice noted that he worked on building IUD, Tishman SpeyerThe 66-story, 2.8 million-square-foot office tower was difficult to ensure the building was properly cooled.

Turner (construction) “They wanted floor-to-ceiling glass and were very concerned with thermal comfort,” Rice said. “So we had an overhead system to handle the air, and we hired a CFD modeling company to do computational fluid dynamics” to figure out how to properly heat and cool the rooms along the windows.

The final session of the day focused on the pros and cons of the design-build approach to construction Joshua Frankel to Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Constantine Zachariadis to TM Technology Partners, Michael Giarrametta From the construction manager BMX group And Arthur Metzler From an engineering company AMA Group.

“Every delivery method has good things and bad things,” Giarametta said, noting that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. “I’ve had projects where owners chose the wrong delivery method and it failed.”

Zachariadis noted that the use of design and construction can depend on where the project is located in the country, and how design-build companies are recruited there.

“Different regions have different building cultures,” he explained. On the West Coast, “a lot of the design talent is in contracting companies, so we just design and build there. … (However), you may want to roll out the entire project, rather than a quick delivery with design and build. That’s why Traditional projects may fit the bill.

“It’s completely different when you leave the tri-state area,” Zachariadis added.

finally, Carlo Scissora Subordinate New York Congress Building He concluded the event with a summary of his organization’s latest construction spending report, and how state and city governments can encourage more construction.

“Spending has increased in all major categories compared to last year, and that alone is a win for the industry,” Scissora said. “We expect construction spending to reach $83 billion this year, $13 billion more than last year after adjusting for inflation.”

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Carlo Scissora discusses the latest construction report from the New York Construction Conference. Greg Morris

Mayor added Eric AdamsChina’s administration still needs to do more.

“At the city level, we need to improve capital budgeting, cut red tape related to outdated building codes and regulations, and encourage better technology and tools,” Scissora said. “We still live by a zoning code that is older than me, and the mayor and city planning are working together (to update it).”

At the state level, Scissora emphasized the need to replace the 421a tax credit for affordable housing development, which expired a year and a half ago.

“Everyone hates 421a, and it hasn’t been around for over a year,” Scissora said. “We need a new plan, something that will build housing for New Yorkers and get projects done. We need to build housing for low-income New Yorkers who can’t afford to stay here now.

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