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Times Square Hub Advances Interactive Technology

CLIENT: New York Police Department (NYPD) / VALUE: $1M / TIMEFRAME: 19 months (including 12 months pre-construction) / SERVICES PROVIDED: Design and Construction Management

THE SITUATION: Located in the heart of New York City at the “Crossroads of the World,” the NYPD Times Square substation is the focal point of the department’s security and enforcement efforts in the area. This approximately 1,000 square foot facility functions as a vital systems and information hub from which the NYPD monitors activity and engages with the public. Originally built in the 1950’s, the substation needed a redesign to modernize building systems that were no longer functioning as well as increase NYPD’s visibility and interaction with the public.

THE CHALLANGE: Redesign and modernize an entire substation in a high-traffic volume area, on a minimal staging area footprint, above an active subway station, all with multiple entities (e.g. NYPD, MTA, DOT, PDC, Times Square Alliance, adjacent projects)involved.

THE SOLUTION: The right professionals in the right roles.

CLS oversaw the design team from concept to completion and managed all construction activities. By developing a logistics plan to satisfy specific requirements of all agencies involved, CLS retained expediting consultants to secure permits and approvals in a timely manner including hiring a structural engineer dedicated to the specifics of loading on the MTA to ensure the subway system below would not be impacted. From stripping the existing structure to frame and foundation to retrofitting the building with new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems to sourcing and installing high-tech systems that project imagery on the perimeter glass, CLS’ renovation perfectly fit the bright lights of Times Square.

THE RESULT: A high-tech substation that is able to interact in the busiest location in New York City.

As Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said, “The NYPD’s vastly-improved Times Square substation enhances our ability to connect with New Yorkers and the millions of visitors to our great city each year.”

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