Tower Crane to Be Removed

The yellow tower crane for the Harold’s Square project will be removed during the week of July 29 to August 2nd. The crane that assembled the tower will take it down piece by piece. Trucks will load in from the west side of the Commons and leave the same way and will be using the Emerson Power Transmission property to assist with staging. Work will begin early on Monday morning. The necessary removal of lights and benches has taken place and the Commons is ready for the mission. Fencing protection will be placed from the project to the west end of the Commons. If wind and weather cooperate and all goes according to plan, it is hoped that the crane removal will be completed in three days.

All merchants will remain open during the process. If you are accessing Trader K’s, Autumn Leaves, Angry Mom Records, Ten Forward Cafe, or the Workers Center, you can use the rear entrance which has 15 minute parking or gain access from Cayuga Street. Flaggers for both vehicles and pedestrians will be onsite to minimize delays and to make it easier for pedestrians to get where they need to go. A golf cart will be available to transport people around the fence to south side merchants. You may call for assistance at 607-882-4006.

The Harold’s Square project is progressing well, with all concrete for floors completed to the 12th floor. The remaining concrete work includes stairwells and the void that will be left from the tower crane. Fire protection and utilities continue to be roughed in and elevators are arriving. The building is slated for a Spring/Summer occupancy.

Our friends at wrote the following article regarding the crane removal with one of the best titles we have seen:

Crane-deconstructing crane coming to deconstruct construction crane on the Commons

Topping Off on June 27 & Update

A topping-off ceremony for the Harold’s Square construction project will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 12noon onsite at 125 The Commons/MLK Jr. Blvd. The event will include the hoisting of the highest beam and its placement atop of the building.

The developers, team members, and contributors will be present and will provide remarks. Guests will be invited to sign the steel beam before it is hoisted to the penthouse level of the building. Light refreshments will be served.

Construction Update

As steel comes to a finish, utilities are being run, duct work is moving ahead, and fire protection is being added throughout the building. Stairs are going in, as are the shafts for the elevators. Concrete pours for the 9th and 10th floor will take place (weather permitting) next week, with 2 pours per week moving forward until it is complete. The rear scaffold has been installed and will be used to ferry materials for the project. Work is continuing on the Commons facade with DensGlass sheathing being added.

It’s Ithacating

Due to the rain, the pours scheduled for this week have been moved to next week. As always, these are also weather dependent but we hope to pour on Monday (May 20) and Thursday (May 23). Other work continues with utilities, roughing in, and steel.

Wishing all of those who are graduating in the coming weeks the best, and hoping that the weather breaks so that you can enjoy the celebrations, as well as all that our downtown community has to offer.

April Showers Brings May Flowers

The next week will see the crew dealing with challenging weather with rain in the forecast. Currently the pour that was scheduled for Thursday is now going to take place on Friday. This will be for the 5th floor on the south. The pour for the North side, and the stairs on the Southwest will take place next Wednesday and Thursday, consecutively. Pours for the 6th and 7th floors will take place on 5/14 and 5/15, Spring willing.

Roughing in of utilities is continuing as well as fire protection and lighting. Plastering will begin next week. Deliveries are mostly occurring on Mondays and Fridays in the coming weeks. The team from LeChase continues to monitor safety and de-water the basement.

You may have noticed a new sign on the “Tower Crane.” The sign is part of a literacy campaign by the Children’s Reading Connection, and no, we do not intend to label all of our equipment (haha)! But you can read about this community wide effort by Brigid Hubberman here:

‘Words are essential nourishment’: Collecting and celebrating words as a community


Concrete Pours & Steel

The Harold’s Square project continues to make good progress with two pours happening Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and another next Thursday. Pours will likely continue at the rate of two per week, weather permitting, until the project tops out. There will be a steel delivery on Friday and it will continue to be erected and tied in. Ongoing activity includes utilities and rough-ins.

Harold’s Square Update – April 2nd

Steel erection is ongoing with the columns and decking on the 9th floor level, and we will be erecting the 10th floor steel next week. Once that is off the ground, we will have the real estate available to set the pump up and place the concrete on the 4th floor level which we have tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday of next week (weather and labor dependent). Once the 4th floor is complete, we will be prepping the 5th floor level and scheduling that for the next placement. Mechanical rough-ins are continuing in the basement with both Matco Electric and Crosby Brownlie onsite.