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NY/NJ Focus | SSC HIGH RISE CONSTRUCTION

'Owners know who we are and usually
call us to tell us what [is] in the works.'
of the project's drawings before it started work. The company
worked directly with Vordonia to complete the design of the
superstructure and helped expedite the project from the beginning. "This build was particularly difficult, because we acted as the
construction managers to coordinate the design not only for ourselves but also for all the trades involved with the superstructure,"
Timmy Mahoney says. "We used PERI formwork, which allowed us
to maintain four-day pour cycles throughout the project in order to
complete the superstructure in just 12 months."
The company just recently completed a $48.5 million superstructure project for JDS Development Group at 626 1st Avenue
(also known as the American Copper Buildings) in midtown Manhattan. The project, which took 18 months to complete, consists of
880,000-square-foot cast-in-place twin towers. One of the towers
is 50 stories high, while the other is 42 stories. Each tower features
slanted columns, which gives the effect of the towers "leaning"
both East and West and North and South. The towers are joined by
a two-story parking garage and plaza area, as well as a three-story
sky bridge.

"With columns such as this, use of ordinary layout and formwork
is challenging, as much attention to detail is required," Timmy Mahoney says. The installation of the bridge required slab leave-outs
as well as huge structural beams of more than five feet in depth to
allow for installation of the massive steel trusses and structure.
"The bridge required comeback work to install the concrete slabs
to allow for installation of a swimming pool within the sky bridge,
which became logistically challenging as the bridge stands 27 stories
in the sky," the company adds. "The leave-outs required specially
designed PERI formwork to allow for the heavy loads of the large
concrete beams and steel structure."
Site logistics were also challenging because the project's towers are
directly adjacent to extremely busy midtown streets. The company
used tower cranes at each building under strict supervision and with
a number of safety procedures in place.

Upcoming Projects
In May 2016, SSC High Rise began work on a cast-in-place superstructure for 5 Points, a 1.3-million-square-foot project located at
22-34 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City for G&M Realty.
The $65 million project includes twin 50-story towers. Superstructure work is scheduled to last 12 months. Both towers sit on top of a
four-story podium. SSC will use five cranes and the PERI formwork
system to complete the superstructure, which will afford on time
project completion.
In July 2016, the company will initiate a project at 161 Maiden
Lane in downtown Manhattan for owner Fortress and construction
manager Pizzarotti-IBC. The project will include a 200,000-squarefoot cast-in-place 60-story superstructure. "We will again be using
PERI formwork, with their self-climbing form system at all the shear
walls to help hold us on a four-day pour cycle," the Mahoney brothers
say. "The location has logistical concerns, but with the help from PERI
and their engineering staff to help design platforms, catwalks and
self-climbing systems, our job will be safer, easier, and more efficient."

Close Contact
Timmy and Michael Mahoney, as well as brother Brian - a senior
superintendent at SSC - take a direct role in all of the company's
projects. "We were all brought up in the industry, so we're very
hands-on and are on site almost every day working out the kinks of
our projects," Timmy Mahoney says.
The company does not operate a strict chain of command on its
job sites. "We will talk to any employee who calls us, and will talk
to project foremen, project managers and employees directly on
the site," Michael Mahoney adds. "We know everyone in the company - if anyone has any concerns, they know that they can talk to
us directly."

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