Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 49
'We also want them to be happy with the
entire process of hiring us as a sub.'
BK Tile & Stone is completing its work on
one of the larger projects in its history: The
Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, N.J. The
company is working on the second phase of
the shopping center's redevelopment, and
the project has included 99,000 square feet
of large-format wall and floor tile. Additionally, BK Tile & Stone is completing the
flooring in the main concourse with 24x24
tiles in multiple colors. The company was
chosen for this project because its dedication to quality matches that of the center's
tenants, brands such as Bloomingdale's,
Burberry and Louis Vuitton.
"We have great strength with complex
projects," Darmstadter says. "Many of these
projects are higher end and not only are the
owners very specific, but the tiles are getting more complicated. We don't mind, we
are getting into that type of work as much
as we can."
Shops at Riverside is one of the largest
projects BK Tile & Stone has worked on in
terms of square feet, it's the first major mall
redevelopment for the company, and it's the
first time it has worked with general con-
tractor IMC Construction. BK Tile & Stone
had to put down a self-leveling compound,
then a crack-suppression material and then
the tile on top of that. The complexity has
been in the project's large square footage, as
well as the intricate designs.
"The size and layout of the mall required
us to start and stop in different spots,"
Darmstadter explains. "There were a lot of
areas where we would do main sections, get
to an atrium, cut off the work, do every side
and make the detailed patterns all match
up. It had to be perfect, but it's something
that is super easy to mess up. We have 20
guys on the project - some in one area,
some in another area of the mall that's a
20-minute walk away, and the field supervisor had to be on top of that while keeping
the work perfect."
This comfort with complexity as well as
high-end finishes attracted the attention of
SL Green, which is the owner and developer of the One Vanderbilt project in Midtown
Manhattan. This is the first time BK Tile &
Stone has worked with the project's development manager, Hines. One Vanderbilt
has been designed to be Midtown's tallest
Shops at Riverside is one of
the largest projects BK Tile &
Stone has worked on.
structure and is being constructed next
to Grand Central Terminal. To get the air
rights to build a super-tall tower on the site,
SL Green had to promise New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
that it would include an enhanced subway
station in the project's underground levels.
BK Tile & Stone is helping to provide the
"This project is using 12-by-12 granite
floor tile," Darmstadter says. "We are doing
granite column covers, granite treads and
risers, and an open renovation of the mezzanine and platform levels. There will be
granite throughout this station."
BK Tile & Stone does a lot of airport work
and recently finished the Emirates lounge
in New York's JFK. The company currently
is working on Larkin Plaza in Yonkers, N.Y.,
which involves two high-end residential
buildings, one is 17 floors and the other is
25. Darmstadter notes these projects stand
out because of their scope as well as the
finishes being at the forefront of quality.
"With Larkin Plaza, it is the first project
for us that is a multi-floor, residential building," he says. "Most of the time residential
work is small and non-union. But for this
project, we competed with non-union
contractors and got the award based on the
accelerated schedule and pricing we could
provide. The owner was OK spending a little
more for union work."
Darmstadter predicts BK Tile & Stone will
continue to win jobs like that because of the
quality it can deliver. "We have been adjusting well to accommodate our growth, and
that involves really fine-tuning our management to make sure everyone is really on
the ball," he explains. "We are dedicated to
doing our best for our company and for our
customers. We get a lot of offers that come
in where the general contractor has said,
'We have this project, we would really like
your number.' We provide very competitive
bids, and they appreciate how responsive
we are with all of it."
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