Gateway Demolition Takes Over West 57th St. Sanitation Depot Dismantlement

Wed August 13, 2003 - Northeast Edition

Gateway Demolition, a Vendex-approved New York City (NYC) demolition contractor recognized for its work at Ground Zero and many other NYC emergency projects, will complete dismantlement of the problem-ridden West 57th Street Incinerator and Garage owned by the New York City Department of Sanitation.

“We’re confident we can complete the project in a safe and timely manner,” said Michael Richman, vice president of Gateway, based in Flushing. “We have a 27-year history as a top-rated New York City emergency response contractor. The fact that we were able to successfully obtain approval of our demolition plan in just one week is testament to the city’s confidence in our ability.” Work at the site began again on May 23.

The demolition of the four-building facility stretching south along the West Side Highway between 55th and 57th Streets was awarded to another contractor in 1999. The contract was originally valued at approximately $4 million. After many months of problems at the site, including the collapse of scaffolding onto West 57th Street in June 2002, the city stopped work at the site in November of that year.

The previous contractor’s bonding company brought in Gateway Demolition to complete the remaining work. “There is still much work left to complete, including the demolition of the 56th Street Overpass,” noted Richman.

Gateway will devote its experienced crew to the project, as well as a portion of its specialized fleet of heavy demolition equipment. The contractor expects to complete work in three to four months. Once the site is cleared, the Sanitation Department will construct a new facility.

Gateway Demolition serves the New York City and Tri-State Metropolitan area, with clients that include the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC Economic and Development Corp., Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, government federal agencies, and wide range of general contractors such as Turner Construction and Bovis Lend Lease.

Among its most recent notable demolition contracts have been the demolition of Downing Stadium on Randall’s Island, the demolition of the Schaeffer Brewery in Brooklyn, and the demolition of the 100th Street Bus Depot for the NYC Transit Authority.

In addition to providing demolition and land clearing services, Gateway also specializes in demolition of high-rise buildings, warehouses, bridges, and industrial plants. It also provides asbestos abatement and tank and hazardous waste removal.

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