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University of Notre Dame Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
 Junior Class Field Trip
New York City Infrastructure Basics

Field Trip Home

Getting Ready for the Trip
The Sites
Additional Resources
Packing - What You'll Need
Important Trip Phone Numbers

The Sites:

Brooklyn Bridge
brooklyn bridge
World Trade Center Transportation Center
is providing design services for the new permanent World Trade Center PATH terminal, a $2billion transportation hub designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, a soaring sculptural steel-and-glass shell covering a cathedral-like concourse and network of passageways that will bring together commuter trains, ferry boats, and 14 subway lines.
AECOM: World Trade Center Path terminal

World Trade Center
Empire State Building
Empire State Building, 32nd Floor, Skanska USA

Skanska managed the redevelopment of the 2,260 m2 floor, and completed the planning, design, procurement, retrofit, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) documentation, administration and commissioning of the project. The retrofit was completed in 8 weeks and generally involved the creation of open planned workspaces around the perimeter and executive offices at the core. Approximately 80 full-time employees are based at Skanska's Empire State Building office, including New York construction units, a commercial development team and corporate offices. Skanska's Empire State Building office was designed and retrofitted to LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certification, and has become the first Platinum Commercial Interior in the Empire State Building. LEED for Commercial Interiors is a voluntary U.S. Green Building Council certification intended to encourage and guide the construction of more sustainable and energy efficient interiors.
United Nations Headquarters
is the Construction Manager of a confidential Headquarters Renovation, a 5-year renovation of the entire Headquarters facilities. The existing headquarters facilities, designed by a committee of international architects, were built during the late 1940's and earlier 1950's, with additions in 1961 and the early 1980's and which have been under continuous use for the last 60 years. The complex consists of about 2.6 million square feet in six separate buildings. The current plan is for a phased on-site approach that involves the construction of a temporary facility to house the staffing facilities, as well as off-site leased spaces. The ongoing-activities, with attendant issues of safety, security, communication, off-hour work, parking, deliveries and construction/operations isolation, and disruption are of critical importance to the project and to the client.
Croton Water Filtration Plant
's largest project in the U.S. is one of the main facilities used to supply 10 percent of New York City with its drinking water. Upon completion, the Croton Water Filtration Plant will have the capacity to treat 1.2 million cubic meters of water per day. Skanska is accountable for the concrete installation work, including the construction of the facility four stories beneath the Mosholu golf course in the Bronx.

Brighton Subway Line, Brooklyn
Granite Construction Northeast, Inc.
is working on a $161 million contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority - New York City Transit Authority to rehabilitate the five stations at Avenues H, J, M, Kings Highway and Newkirk along the Brighton "B" Line in Brooklyn. The project entails the reconstruction of platform areas, including foundations, floors, windscreens and canopies. Granite will also rehabilitate and reconstruct stairs, control areas, lighting and drainage systems.
Stillwell Avenue Terminal Reconstruction



Additional Resources
McCullough, David. The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1972.
Steinman, David. The Builders of the Bridge: The Story of John Roebling and His Son, New York, Harcourt Brace, 1945.
Reier, Sharon. The Bridges of New York, New York, Quadrant Books, 1977.
Rastorfer, Darl. Six Bridges: The Legacy of Othmar H. Ammann, Yale University Press, 2000.
Allen, Oliver E. New York, New York: A History of the World's Most Exhilarating and Challenging City, MacMillan Publishing Company, 1990.
Hornberger, Eric. The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History, Holt Paperbacks, 2005
Billington, David P., The Tower and the Bridge, Princeton University Press, 1985.
Petroski, Henry, Engineers of Dreams, New York, Vintage Books, 1995.


Packing - what you'll need:

Valid Government issued identification (Drivers License or Passport)
Easy to carry luggage
Small day pack or backpack for water bottle, sweater, layers, raincoat, etc.
Clothes for touring/job sites:
           Jeans, layers of warm clothes
           Shoes: work boots or closed-toed very sturdy shoes  – above a “sneaker” type of shoe for safety purposes
           Coat, hat, gloves if needed
           Raingear in case of rain - raincoat, umbrella
Clothes for Mass on Sunday
Water bottle
Food/drinks/snacks for bus on Thursday and Sunday (or money to purchase along road)

There will be wi-fi on the bus. But, please remember that the bus company is not responsible for keeping track of personal items during the trip.


All expenses are paid through the generous support of the Murphy Travel Fund and the College of Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, except for breakfast/lunch on Thursday during the bus ride (either bring along in backpack or buy when we stop at rest stops along the way) and dinner on Sunday during the bus ride (either bring along in backpack or buy when we stop at rest stops along the way). Skanska Civil Northeast, Skanska Koch, and Skanska USA Building will be providing lunch on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Lehigh University will be providing lunch on Sunday.


Hosts in New York City:
AECOM, Skanska USA Building, Columbia University, Skanska Koch, Skanska Civil Northeast, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc., Lehigh University


Important Trip Phone Numbers:
Joannes Westerink (cellular) 574-532-3160
Diane Westerink (cellular) 574-286-9696
Alexandros Taflanidis (cellular) 574-485-8515