Noise Reduction Progress to Date
To date, FIT has made the following progress on reducing the construction noise disruptive to Kaufman Hall residents:
- Brookfield Properties has identified a 24/7 representative with telephone and email contact information for registering suggestions and complaints.
- Brookfield Properties now provides a schedule of work to FIT on a weekly basis;
- Brookfield Properties is utilizing drill and rock splitters where ever possible as an alternative to using significantly noisier hoe rams;
- Brookfield Properties has installed a 12-foot-high wall around the site instead of the NYC Department of Building's required 8-foot fence;
- Brookfield Properties develops their weekly work plans to spread the loudest activities across multiple times throughout the day to break up sustained period of noisy work;
- Brookfield Properties is placing noise shrouds over the loudest machinery when they are being used;
- Sound attenuation blankets have been placed adjacent to all work area;
- Sound jackets are being utilized on jackhammers when practical;
- Brookfield Properties has positioned trailers and equipment along the perimeter of the site to dampen sound;
- Brookfield Properties has enclosed the pressure manifold, a machine that generates significant noise, in a sound protection box;
- Brookfield Properties is monitoring sound with a decibel reading machine at the Kaufman Hall roof and loading dock and they have a sound monitor recording noise at street level;
- FIT retained its own sound engineer to record interior noise from numerous residence-hall rooms on different floors. This monitoring will continue based on the construction schedule.
New York City Department of Design and Construction
Sewer Installation on West 30th Street–Completed
- The contractor agreed to delay the start of work on West 30th Street from 7am to 8am on weekdays, and does not work on weekends.
- The contractor agreed to an earlier completion date of 12/8/18 instead of 12/15/18.