MTA Metro-North Railroad has awarded Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) an $18.9 million construction management services contract for a design/build project at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
The project will convert an interior space at the historic terminal from a tennis club to facilities for Metro-North train crews, fire brigade crews, and building services staff. The current facilities for the train and fire brigade crews and building services staff “have outlived their useful life and are in need of substantial upgrade; this project will relocate the crews and staff members to a better location with updated accommodations,” HMM said.
Part of the project involves removal of a portion of Grand Central Terminal’s Monumental Window on the southwest corner of the building, to allow for worker access and a means to supply material to the project site. This was anticipated by MNR, who received early approval of this concept from the State Historic Preservation Office in New York. The window is to be carefully removed, labeled, documented, and stored off-site; it is to be re-installed at the end of the project.
HMM Senior Vice President Norman Rhodes and Senior Project Manager Neal O’Connor are leading the construction management services. Hill International, Inc., and A.G. Consulting Engineering, P.C. are sub-consultants. HMM has undertaken several other major projects for MNR at Grand Central Terminal. The most recent involved upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems including emergency lighting, public address, stairwell pressurization, control center ventilation, and transformer house upgrades.