Completion of Staten Island Courthouse Pushed to 2014

, New York Law Journal

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The projected date for completion of a new courthouse in Staten Island has been pushed back from December 2013 to Spring 2014.

Because the progress on interior finishes at the site—pertaining to painting, flooring, fixture installation and building system testing—have "not met expectations," a spokesman for the Dormitory Authority, the state agency managing the project, said "as of today" the expected completion date and issuance of a temporary certificate of occupancy would occur by March 31, 2014. The spokesman, John Chirlin, said the project's $230 million budget has not changed.

Completed work includes installation of building mechanical systems, telecommunication and audio systems, millwork and lighting, as well as "some street paving, sidewalks and stairs," said Chirlin.

The original completion date for the courthouse, which will house the Supreme Court's criminal and civil terms and the borough's Criminal Court, was August 2012. That plan was scuttled when the general contractor had to re-bid the job. Problems with materials, Hurricane Sandy-related delays and worker injuries also pushed back estimated completion dates to December from June and before then January 2013 (NYLJ, Jan. 24).

In an interview, Ronald Younkins, Office of Court Administration executive director, said "We are anxious to move in, but also concerned that the building be ready for occupancy. We don't want to move in prematurely." Even after construction is finished and a temporary certificate of occupancy issued, Younkins said it would take time to coordinate the move with other agencies and ensure facilities are operational.

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