Winter 2016 Edition

Schimenti Construction Builds Manhattan’s First Chick-fil-A

This fall, Chick-fil-A made headlines (including in the New York Times and Forbes) when it opened its first freestanding New York City store. Schimenti Construction is proud to have built this landmark Garment District restaurant, which opened in October, as well as another Chick-fil-A on Long Island, which opened in October.

Chick-fil-A relied upon our expertise to navigate the often-challenging conditions of building in Manhattan. The LEED-certified restaurant, at 1000 Sixth Avenue at West 37th Street, encompasses 6,000 square feet on three floors: catering kitchen in the basement, kitchen and point of sale on the street-level first floor, and dining on the second floor.

The 110-year-old building was previously three separate storefronts. Schimenti Construction demolished the spaces, removed asbestos, removed and replaced the basement concrete slab, and built out the new store. Additionally, we removed and replaced the majority of the first floor joists and all perimeter steel beams, which had been damaged by exposure to water. We installed a new 2,500-amp electrical service, a new elevator, dumbwaiter system and a monumental staircase. Unique architectural elements include a community table crafted from recycled materials by a recovering convict; a dining room light fixture made out of Coke bottles; and peach basket fixtures for a Southern flair...

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Schimenti Construction Meets Aggressive Schedule for Unique Zara Store

When fashion retailer Zara wanted to create a huge, one-of-a-kind store in Tribeca, they knew it was a complicated job that had to be done on a tight schedule, so they turned to Schimenti Construction for their combination of retail construction expertise and New York City know-how.

Completed the first week of November 2015, the new store encompasses four floors and 34,231 square feet. Located at 222 Broadway at Ann Street, just south of City Hall Park, this build-out is a unique design for Zara, with newly designed wall finishes, staircase, escalators, elevator and backlit custom metal façade panels. Construction began in March and was finished in just 35 weeks.

Project Manager Jesse Bochichio said, “Along the way, our team overcame many difficult challenges including coordination with DOT, a full structural façade installation, and design/build of an extensive HVAC system. Many unique materials were sourced from Spain, where Zara is based, to give them just the look they wanted...” 

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We’re Reaching New Heights on our FreshDirect Job Site

There’s something new on the horizon in the South Bronx ... literally on the horizon: a mammoth 240-foot crane at our FreshDirect job site. Soaring higher than a twenty-story building, this is one of Bay Crane Company’s largest in their fleet.

We began erecting steel at the end of September and expect to complete this phase of the project in March 2016. With the extended reach of this crane, we are expediting steel erection so that concrete work can begin sooner, alleviating some of the issues that come with winter construction.

The FreshDirect project is currently in Phase I (core and shell). Site work is well underway: we have completed the foundation and underground utilities and half the parking lot is paved. Phase II (building fit-out and distribution) will begin in the spring. We are on target to complete the final phase, constructing the headquarters office building, in August 2017...

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