The Garvies Point Project, Long Island: All you need to know
Since the 1800s, Glen Cove has garnered close links with New York through the use of its ferry service; however, such developments have created a strain on not only housing, but employment and the local economy. The Garvies Point project seeks to redevelop both these aspects through the creation of new homes, increased number of temporary and permanent jobs and long term economic growth through the new ambitious mixed-use project.
Encompassing 56 acres, the $1 billion investment will ensure the creation of long-term secure links to New York, in addition to a thousand new homes and apartments. The project contains 28 acres of open public space, with several walkways and trails, communal areas, eateries which will be placed along the mile-long waterfront esplanade, in addition to a number of leisure facilities for locals and visitors to utilise and enjoy.
Even outside entertainment, such as an amphitheatre has been embedded within its unique design. Architect Rick Parisi confirmed to Long Island News, “Of the 60 acres, 28 acres is open space and 21 acres is waterfront open space.”
RXR Realty and architects MPFP are also involved in the project. Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO of RXR Realty said, “When I think back to what Glen Cove was when I was growing up it was the centre of commerce. Now, we have a unique opportunity to turn that around.” Debbie & George Petkanas, long term residents of Glen Cove also support the project, stating: “Glen Cove is a very unique place and getting that revitalised would make it all the better.”
The redevelopment will be constructed to incorporate the highest levels of sustainability, with plans to gain LEED certification within the construction of new homes and communal areas. Water collection systems will be also utilised for irrigation purposes, alongside the utilisation of green roofs and rain gardens.
Pizzarotti-IBC has been selected as the project’s construction manager, alongside Joseph Roussine, who will be responsible for overseeing the progress of the redevelopment, which will take six years to complete through several phases.
The long-term project will increase the quality of life for residents and become a new exciting hub. However, there are some concerns with regards to increased numbers, which could result in increased congestion. Nonetheless, over 2,000 parking spaces have been placed within construction plans, in addition to new cycle paths, providing strong transport routes.
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Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project
Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.
Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.
1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.
Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.
Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.
The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.
The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.
The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.
Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."
“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”