The new Dey Street entry house opened on October 8, 2012
This week subway riders got their first access to the new Dey Street entry house, easing traffic to the 4/5 train platform. Located on the south corner of Broadway and Dey, the steel-and-glass structure opened on Monday, October 8th. It has been under construction since spring 2010 as part of the larger Fulton Center complex. It now offers an ADA-compliant elevator to the southbound 4/5 platform, as well as a wide staircase illuminated partly by natural light.
The new entry house will eventually tie into the underground Dey Street Concourse, which will link the Fulton Center to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, as well as to the fully reopened R Cortlandt Street station.
The Dey Street entry house update was one of several recent milestones noted by Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) project managers at the October Community Board 1 Financial District Committee meeting.
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Other milestones include opening of the renovated connection between the A/C and J/Z platforms in August. The A/C mezzanine also has opened in phases, replacing the switchback ramps that once confused riders with a single, open-view concourse lined with glass tiles and stainless steel details. New escalators and elevators throughout the complex are now in place and undergoing testing and adjustments over the next few months.
At the historic Corbin Building, MTA officials expect to begin removing the scaffolding in late October 2012, followed by the hoist located on John Street. Those equipment removals mark completion of the buildings exterior cleaning, rehabilitation, and window replacement; interior work will continue for several more months. (Read more about restoration of the landmarked building here.)
Progress is visible at the main Fulton Center building on Broadway and Fulton Street. Glass facade panels are being installed on all sides, and cladding is nearly complete on the oculus -- which stands 110 above grade and is specially designed to funnel natural light onto lower floors. (Read more about the solar reflector shell here.)
On the east side, the new entrance at 150 William Street (on the northeast corner of Fulton Street) is expected to open in late October 2012. At street level outside 144 Fulton, and at the new elevator site outside 127 Fulton, crews are making steady progress and should remove their construction materials from the street later this year.
The Fulton Center complex is expected to earn LEED certification for its environmentally sustainable features, including reduced power demands due in part to the natural-light captured by the oculus. Water efficiency, reflective roof elements, and reduced or recycled waste also will improve the transit centers sustainability.
The MTA continues to work with the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center to monitor air quality and noise around the work sites. Through October, crews also are performing early morning weekday work installing facade elements on the main building.
The entire complex remains on schedule for mid-2014 official opening.