Skanska Gets Contract For First Phase of Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp. (BBPDC) has awarded Skanska USA Inc. a $47 million contract to develop an 85-acre waterfront park seen as a key to the revitalization of the Brooklyn, NY waterfront.
When complete, Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 1 and the entrance of the park at Old Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn, designed by the landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, will stretch 1.3 miles along the Brooklyn waterfront from Atlantic Avenue to Jay Street, north of the Manhattan Bridge.
The development agency approved the contract at its board meeting last week. Skanska has already done demolition work at the stretch of piers south of the Brooklyn Bridge. The first phase of construction scheduled to begin in November will include about 1,300 feet of promenade along the East River and 2.5 acres of lawn with views of the harbor, the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan.
Also included in this phase will be the first portion of the Brooklyn Greenway, to be a borough-wide bikeway network. Pier 1 will have about 700 trees, water gardens and a playground at the northwestern edge of the pier.