NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE-SMILOW LAB FND.

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Turner provided construction management services for this 15-story, 230,000 square foot bio-medical research laboratory. The project scope included a conference center, a faculty common areas with a café, and a 10,000-cage rodent vivarium with animal holding rooms and procedure rooms. The vivarium, located 30 feet below the surface of the nearby East River, required a foundation system of drilled secant piles at the perimeter, a 4-foot thick matt slab, 1,000 driven steel piles, and state-of-the-art waterproofing technologies.
 
The project was the first building in New York City to implement the installation of a secant wall around the perimeter of the site in lieu of traditional sheeting. It was built using a unique top-down construction approach, allowing for completion of the courtyard, where the tower crane was installed, prior to completing the foundation and excavation.  The scope included a five-story tie-in with the adjacent building as well as tie-ins to the campus systems, requiring extensive coordination with the NYU Facilities Management team. This research center has a modern curtain wall system that provides transparency and allows natural sunlight to flow into the structure.

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