Hunter Roberts Turns Over 3595 Broadway
Hunter Roberts’ 3595 Broadway project team turned over Columbia University’s newest residential building to the owner this past August. Having been awarded the contract four years ago and breaking ground two years ago, the staff and laborers gave a terrific effort to complete the 73,000-SF, 12-story apartment building ahead of schedule. Part of Columbia’s plan to rejuvenate Manhattanville (the neighborhood in West Harlem where the university is currently constructing a new campus), 3595 Broadway will provide 43 rentable units of affordable housing to the community and will give the Meeting with God Church a new meeting space on the first floor.
During the project’s duration, the team faced a host of challenges, mainly to do with the building’s unique design which contains three different structures – concrete, block and plank, and structural steel. The three different structures complicated the planning process; chemicals from the dry cleaner business previously located onsite had contaminated the soil; a sharp incline, a grade estimated at eight percent, prevented a smooth delivery process. Careful planning and scheduling, three months of soil testing and decontamination, and a delicate balance between pulleys and workers proved to get the team through each of these problems.
Currently, the project team is performing punchlist work and commissioning, but the project is otherwise complete. Although the tenants have yet to walk inside their new home, word of mouth has indicated they are excited about the finished product, with its brand new rooms and beautiful views of both Manhattan and the Bronx. “Everyone’s been really positive,” said Hunter Roberts Project Manager Giuliana Benedicty. “The owner seems really pleased.”