Replacement of Escalators, Stairs, and an Elevator at Grand Central

  • Client: MTA Construction & Development
  • Location: New York, NY

Project Overview

This project was situated at the 42nd Street, Grand Central Subway Station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, which serves as the primary entry point for the MTA-NYCT subway system, welcoming an average of approximately 136,000 weekday customers. Notably, this station is also a crucial access point to the Metro-North Railroad at Grand Central Terminal. Maintaining customer access during construction was an imperative requirement, posing considerable logistical challenges for the contractor.

Our role as the Program Construction Manager involved overseeing the modernization of the station’s infrastructure, with a specific focus on two aging escalators and ADA elevators that had exceeded their maximum useful lifespan. The frequent need for maintenance had begun to hinder customer circulation and the overall efficiency of station operations. Additionally, an existing stairwell was slated for demolition and replacement to align with current design code requirements and optimize vertical circulation capacity.