Keeping Commuters Connected with GFRC Ceiling Panels in NY City Subway
Lower Manhattan, New York City – The recent opening of the new Fulton Center was a culmination of seven years of construction including delays and cost overruns. Perseverance has paid off for this $1.4 billion modern upgrade to New York's transportation network. It has dramatically improved the transit experience for the 300,000 people who travel through it daily. The nine subway lines now have smoother transfer points with well-lit concourses, pedestrian tunnels, escalators and elevators. Stromberg Architectural played an integral part in the structure of these subways with their GFRC ceiling panels. As busy commuters traversing these passageways glance upwards they will see, above their heads, the stylish Stromberg ceiling panels.
Stromberg's ceiling panels are made from glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). It is lightweight, versatile and durable – the ideal substance for ceiling panels. Different types of ceiling panels were designed for several subway stations including the Dey and Fulton Street stations near the new World Trade Center. These included stationary panels as well as hinged, lockable access panels. These were precast, with hundreds of panels being delivered and installed on site within the tight time constraints. The schedule for this project was particularly accelerated in order to allow former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, to take the first ride through the stations before his term expired.
Safety is a priority in all Stromberg's designs. These ceiling panels include some access panels with locks and gas hinges designed to protect maintenance workers by preventing the panels from swinging open too quickly. Perforated panels on the street level are covered with co-polyester translucent panels that allow natural light to filter into the station while protecting commuters from the elements.
The GFRC used to manufacture the ceiling panels for the Fulton Street subways is ideal in the following ways:
• It is non-toxic and eligible for LEED points.
• It is made of minerals and will not burn, acting like a thermal regulator when exposed to flames, protecting the materials behind it.
• It is not affected by weather conditions, acid rain and chemicals.
• It is low maintenance, retains its original beauty and is made to last.
• Stromberg's GFRC ceiling panels are tough enough to handle America's busiest rapid transit line and one of the world's largest public transportation systems.
When commenting on the new subway system, MTA Chairman Tom Prendergrast stated, "I don't think you can overstate the importance of great public spaces like this to a city like ours. Great cities like New York need great public spaces to grow and to thrive. They create community, they're our brand, and they define our city."
The Fulton Center is located at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The complex officially opened on November 10th, 2014.
About Stromberg Architectural: The Headquarters of Stromberg Architectural Products is situated in Greenville, Texas. We manufacture a vast range of exquisite architectural products and supply clientele throughout America and abroad. We have had the pleasure of working on some of the world's finest and most beautiful buildings, including the Pentagon, the Smithsonian and the White House. With experience in solving all types of design challenges, we believe that like people, no two buildings are the same. We specialize in custom designs as well as having a large number of stock products. Stromberg also has a deep commitment to eco-friendly, sustainable building practices. For more information, please visit http://www.strombergarchitectural.com.
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