It’s been some time since we have reported on the Harold’s Square project due to the extended demolition phase and necessary permits being obtained. Much has changed with the buildings being entirely removed and a blank space created for the next phase of the project, shoring and excavation. This next phase of the project should last approximately 6 weeks and will be handled by Paolangeli Contractors, in concert with Taylor the Builders, with oversight by Harold’s Holdings, the owners.
The first part of the shoring involves placing piles. The project will be using a zero-resonance hammer to insert the piles, commencing this week. This will reduce the impact to merchants by reducing vibration and noise. Vibration monitors are in place to monitor and document the vibration. This is the same technique that has been used recently on the City Centre and Tompkins Trust Company projects, each recording no readings on the vibration scale. The piles should be placed within approximately ten days.
Shoring will start on the north side of the site plus the removal of the last of the foundation walls. The foundation walls on the south side of the project will then be removed after the piles have been placed. After the piles have been driven, excavating will commence on the north side with wood timbers being placed, followed by the same on the south side.
Within 3-4 weeks, while finishing the shoring on the south side, the project team will start excavating for the mat slab, crane pad, and elevator pits for the building.
During the process, the team will be exploring the placement of utilities which will include an investigation and an excavation phase, which extends to the boundaries of the placed fence of the Commons. The playground will continue to be closed due to Federal safety regulations and has been encapsulated for its protection. The team is exploring alternative play amenities on the Commons.
The team is working with the City of Ithaca, the DIA, and impacted merchants, to continue to keep the communication open and to minimize the impact to business on the Commons. Here are the newest renderings of the project: