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ADA upgrades at the Eastern Parkway – BrooklynMuseumSubway Station in Brooklyn, NY MTAConstruction&Development, Urbahn Architects and Gramercy Group complete $25.8 Million reno.

ROOKLYN,NY — Ur- bahn Architects and contractor Gramercy Grou p have completed an extensive renovation of the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum subway station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line for MTA Construction & Develop- ment (MTA C&D). This sta- tion, serving subway trains on routes 2 and 3, was identified in the MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan as one of a group of key stations throughout the New York City subway system that would be made fully accessible in order to better serve riders. Many of the existing stations were constructed up to 100 years ago and predate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The enhancements, which included the installation of three hydraulic elevators and the replacement of one street level stair, achieve full ADA compliance and have improved customer ingress and egress. “This is a popular station for those heading to local institu- tions such as the Brooklyn Museum, whose advocacy and support helped get this project done,” said Sarah Meyer , NYC Transit chief customer of- ficer. “By adding elevators and other ADA features we are not only helping improve acces- sibility for local residents, but making our stations inclusive for all those visiting, as well.” According to Natale Bar- ranco, AIA, LEED AP , Ur- bahn Architect’s Principal-in- Charge, “This $25.8 million public transportation project that serves visitors to the Brooklyn Museum and Brook- lyn Botanic Garden was both technically challenging and satisfying. The station had to remain fully operational during construction, with the goal of a full accessibility upon completion. Urbahn worked closely with MTA C&D and with the contractor, Gramercy, to ensure that the work was adequately phased and re- mained on schedule. The proj- ect’s duration was 28 months.” In addition to Natale Bar- ranco, Urbahn’s team included project manager Nandini Sengupta, LEED AP ; proj- ect architect Ijeoma D. Ihe- anacho ; and construction administrator Siddharth Tai- lor. Joseph Castaldo, PE , vice president of operations, and Scott Krokoff , construc- tion project manager, led the B

Gramercy team. Additional design and con- struction team members in- cluded structural and civil en- gineer TY Lin International ; mechanical, electrical, and telecommunication engineer GG Engineering ; vertical transportation consultant AB Consulting ; surveyor Matrix New World Engineering ; cost estimator ELLANA, Inc. ; and maintenance and protec- tion of traffic planner SIMCO Engineering . Gramercy coordinated exten- sively with both the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to ensure

that public access to major planned events was main- tained throughout the project duration. The Eastern Park- way entrance to the museum parking lot had to be closed during much of construction, and Gramercy provided sig- nage to redirect traffic. They worked with the Botanic Gar- den to temporarily reopen the parking lot entrance for the popular Cherry Blossom Fes- tival weekend. In addition, the crews relocated barriers and constructed temporary stages for the 2019 West Indian Day Parade and for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. MAREJ

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Urbahn Architects and contractor Gramercy Group have completed an extensive, $25.8 million renovation and accessibility upgrade of the Eastern Parkway-BrooklynMuseum subway station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line in Brooklyn, NY for MTAConstruction & Development.

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