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Hamilton Avenue Asphalt Plant Reconstruction

Brooklyn, New York<br style='line-height:2px'>New York City Department of Design and Construction

The Hamilton Avenue Asphalt Plant in Brooklyn is one of the few municipally owned and operated asphalt plants in the country. The newly reconstructed plant will produce a new, state-of-the-art warm-mix asphalt that enables paving through the winter months. The $25 million project was initiated by the NYCDOT and built by the NYCDDC to replace the plant’s asphalt-producing equipment, which had exceeded its 30-year operational life.   The new equipment decreases emissions and odors, achieves a smaller carbon footprint for the plant, and promises smoother traveling on city roads.

The project team employed best available technology to accomplish this ambitious undertaking. HAKS, as CM/design-builder, managed, supervised, coordinated and inspected all design and construction work throughout all phases of the project. The reconstruction will increase the capability of the plant by 30%, from 350 to 450 tons of asphalt per hour. The percentage of recycled asphalt pavement will increase from 40 to 50% or more.

The project involved dismantling and replacing the existing plant equipment and all plumbing, electrical and structural work. The NYCDDC achieved this by using the unique hybrid CM/design-build method, which places the entire responsibility for the construction of the project, from design through close-out, with the CM as the single source of responsibility.

The plant’s location adjacent to the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site, and the heavily traveled Hamilton Avenue required specialized design and construction provisions for debris removal, MPT, geotechnical engineering and environmental permitting. Site design included a new stormwater pollution prevention plan and a drainage design that conformed to FEMA’s post-Sandy flood maps for this area and minimized impact to the canal.

The industry has taken notice of the innovative nature of the facility by honoring it with the 2014 ACEC-New York Diamond Award and National Finalist Award as well as CMAA Honorable Mention. The May 14th opening was attended by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, NYCDDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, NYCDOT Deputy Commissioner Galileo Orlando, and NYCDDC Deputy Commissioner David Resnick.