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72nd Street Station Fit-out

The Second Avenue Subway (SAS) project is New York City’s first major expansion of the subway system in over half a century. The first phase of the project will provide service from 96th Street to 63rd Street on Manhattan’s densely populated East Side, as an extension of the current Q Line train. East Side passengers can continue on the line to midtown Manhattan, the West Side or Brooklyn.

Judlau is the general contractor for the finishes and fit-out of the structural station shell for the 72nd Street Station of the new SAS.

Major project activities include:

  • Structural concrete work at the station platform and mezzanine level, including concrete slabs and precast wall sections
  • Installation of a ventilation system including fan and chiller plants within the station and its ancillary structures
  • Extensive electrical and lighting work throughout the station and the various entrances
  • Construction of station finishes including miscellaneous metals, ornamental metals, wall panels, granite and porcelain tile, sunscreens, louvers, and external cladding
  • Work to interface with the communications signals contract and the station excavation contract

Judlau is required to maintain the station until the start of operations. Judlau has subcontracted across multiple trades, requiring the explicit focus of the project team on coordination of trades.

Benefits to the community

This first phase of the project, when operational in December 2016, will provide the following benefits:

  • Improved subway access for Manhattan’s East Side, a commercial and residential area currently served only by the Lexington Line 4, 5 and 6 trains. This requires residents of the far East Side to walk as much as 10-15 minutes to the Lexington Line subway. The new subway line will cut this time to less than half
  • Reduced overcrowding and improved reliability on the Lexington Avenue Line, the city’s most heavily used subway line
  • Improved subway access for people with disabilities, as all new stations will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

When all phases of the project are complete, the Second Avenue Subway will run for 8.5 miles from 125th Street, in Upper Manhattan, to Hanover Square, in Lower Manhattan. A total of 16 stations will be built along the East Side with connections to other subway lines.