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Group of people wearing hard hats and holding shovels, stand behind a group of seated children to commemorate the Gilder Center groundbreaking. D. Finnin/© AMNH

4/3/2020

We hope that everyone is healthy and well as COVID-19 continues to impact New York City. 

We wanted to update you that, following New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Order "Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency" (No. 202.13), which directed all non-essential construction to halt, and additional guidance from the Empire State Development Corporation, construction of the Gilder Center will be paused at close of business today, April 3, until further notice.

Crews have been working to secure the site and make it safe in accordance with requirements from the New York City Department of Buildings, and staff will be monitoring the worksite to secure the site and ensure continued safe conditions until work can resume. We will continue to update you as the situation changes.

The Museum continues to be temporarily closed to the public. Status updates and online resources can be found at amnh.org/health-safety.

3/24/2020

We hope everyone is healthy and safe as COVID-19 continues to affect New York City. Per Governor Andrew Cuomo’s guidance on essential services under the “New York State on PAUSE” Executive Order, we have noted that construction, which employs essential trades, can safely continue.

  • The construction team has implemented enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols, including disinfecting all surfaces in direct human contact.
  • The Museum temporarily closed to the public on March 13 to maintain health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information, including links to online programs and online access, is available at amnh.org/health-safety.

Please note, work is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, and Saturday, April 4.

  • Weekend work will be limited to the installation of pre-delivered materials, which will include only construction activities with minimal noise impact. There will be no deliveries of equipment or materials to the worksite and no trucks entering or exiting the site. Work will occur between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm.

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, weekday work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries 
  • Underpinning, caisson, and foundation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Below grade plumbing and electrical infrastructure installation
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed)  

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.   

Coming Up: 

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation 
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installations
  • Slab on-grade installation

3/10/2020

Please note that work on the Gilder Center is scheduled for several Saturdays in March, weather permitting.

  • Work will be limited to installation of pre-delivered materials, which will include only construction activities with minimal noise impact. There will be no deliveries of equipment or materials to the work site and no trucks entering or exiting the site. Work will occur between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm.

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, weekday work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries 
  • Underpinning, caisson, and support of excavation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed)  

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.   

Coming Up: 

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation 
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installations

2/26/2020

*Please note that work on the Gilder Center is scheduled for several Saturdays in March, weather permitting.

  • Work will be limited to installation of pre-delivered materials, which will include only construction activities with minimal noise impact. There will be no deliveries of equipment or materials to the work site and no trucks entering or exiting the site. Work will occur between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. 

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries 
  • Underpinning, caisson, and support of excavation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed) 

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.   

Coming Up

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation 
  • Continued support of excavation installation, including excavation and sheeting and tie back installation
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installation

2/11/2020

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries 
  • Underpinning, caisson, and support of excavation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed)  

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.   

Coming Up

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation 
  • Continued support of excavation installation, including excavation and sheeting and tie back installation
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installations

1/28/2020

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries 
  • Underpinning, caisson, and support of excavation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed)  

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.   

Coming Up: 

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation 
  • Continued support of excavation installation, including excavation and sheeting and tie back installation
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installations

1/14/2020

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries 
  • Underpinning and support of excavation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed) 

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.   

Coming Up: 

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation 
  • Continued support of excavation installation, including excavation and sheeting and tie back installation
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installations

Community Notice: 

Below is information on neighborhood activities unrelated to the Gilder Center project:

  • The crane operation to replace chilled water equipment in the Museum complex is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week. These chillers will aid in the Museum’s energy efficiency efforts. The crane operation is using the Gilder Center construction site to access an area of the Museum and work is occurring during normal weekday work hours. 

12/30/2019

*Please note that there is no work scheduled for Wednesday, January 1*

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, work is scheduled to include:

Excavation and foundation work, with associated noise, including: 

  • Delivery of equipment and materials to the work site, with about 10-20 trucks arriving per day, including some concrete deliveries
  • Underpinning and support of excavation installation using demo hammers, jack hammers, drills, and other hand tools
  • Soil and rock removal (including rock breaking, where needed)

Unless otherwise noted, work will occur on weekdays from approximately 7 am to 6 pm. Flaggers will be present to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles into and out of the site. For excavation and foundation activities, when required, work using noise-emitting machinery will not begin prior to 8 am. Night or weekend work may occasionally be required for certain construction activities, in which case advance notice will be provided. 

The work activities above are outlined based on the best available information for the current schedule and may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. 

Coming Up: 

  • Continued underpinning and caisson installation
  • Continued support of excavation installation, including excavation and sheeting and tie back installation
  • Concrete truck deliveries for footing installations

Community Notice:

Below is information on neighborhood activities unrelated to the Gilder Center project:

  • A crane operation to replace chilled water equipment in the Museum complex is scheduled for the week of January 13-17. These chillers will aid in the Museum’s energy efficiency efforts. The crane operation will use the Gilder Center construction site to access an area of the Museum and will occur during normal weekday work hours. This work is not expected to generate excessive noise.