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CUNY college aquatics center renovated

A $7.2 million renovation of the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC’s) aquatics center has been completed.

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) served as the project manager for the project at the school, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system.

The aquatics center is located in the main campus complex on Harrison Street and the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, with an entrance at 77 Harrison Street.

The renovation included a 220,000-gallon pool with six competition lanes, each of which is six feet wide and 25 yards long.

Stalco Construction was the general contractor on the project. The team included construction manager AECOM; the architect and engineer of record was MP Engineers & Architects; Genesys Engineering P.C. was the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineer; Eldor Contracting Corporation was the electrical contractor; Premier Mechanical Services, Inc. served as mechanical contractor; ARA Plumbing Corporation was the plumbing contractor; and the waterproofing and tile work subcontractor was Baybrent Tile Corporation.

The Stalco team replaced or repaired the steampipes, made extensive concrete repairs on the south and west sides of the pool, and upgraded the HVAC systems.

Stalco installed a new ultraviolet dechlorination and water treatment system, and a new motorized vinyl sheathing that will cover the pool when it is not in operation. According to Erik Rappel, Stalco’s project manager, “The sheathing not only prevents water and heat loss, it reduces humidity and wear and tear on the HVAC systems. BMCC expects to save over 4,400 kW of electricity this way each year, which translates to a savings of nearly $41,000, not to mention less of an environmental burden.”

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