Building New York: Dr. Michael Horodniceanu on Two Imminent Mega-Project Completions

Tuesday 25 February, 2014
7 - 8pm, $0/Rsvp

St. Francis College, Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn

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On Tuesday, February 25, New York Times reporter Michael Grynbaum will speak with MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu about two giant projects that are reshaping the city and the way we travel within it: the 7 Line Extension to Manhattan’s West Side, and the new Fulton Center. This free New York Transit Museum event will be held at 7 pm in Founders Hall at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

The 7 Line Extension will radically alter the Manhattan landscape, extending the Flushing line 1.5 miles west to 34th Street and 11th Avenue. This new station is projected to be the busiest single station in all of New York City after the Hudson Yards redevelopment is completed. Construction began in December 2007, utilizing advanced Tunnel Boring Machines and the first time a ground freezing technique was used in New York City. Dr. Horodniceanu and Mr. Grynbaum will discuss the planning, technology, and design behind this award-winning project.

The new Fulton Center, billed as downtown’s next "Grand Central," will improve the commute for nearly 300,000 daily riders. The thoroughly modern transit hub is rooted in 21st century design and includes new underground concourses, digital display screens and significantly improved accessibility and pathways.

Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design, the station’s exclamation point will be the Sky Reflector-Net, a soaring artwork and architectural centerpiece designed by James Carpenter Design Associates in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects and Arup that will fold the sky into the Center and reflect light deep into the station. The building complements the restoration of the adjacent 1889 Corbin Building, listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The conversation will offer a preview of this eagerly-awaited architectural landmark in Lower Manhattan.

Michael M. Grynbaum, City Hall Bureau Chief with the New York Times, is also a contributor for transit and metro reporting.

Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction, was the CEO of New York City-based engineering firm The Urbitran Group between 1980 and 1986, and again from 1990 until 2008. Between 1986 and 1990, he served as Traffic Commissioner for the City of New York.

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