Racanelli Construction Company, Inc. Completes $13 Million TBTA Training Academy

Racanelli Construction Company, Inc. (Melville, NY, www.racanelliconstruction.com), a leading construction management, general contractor and design/build resource for commercial, industrial, retail, medical, pre-engineered and multi-unit residential projects, has completed a $13 million training facility project on behalf of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) (RK65-R2). The new TBTA Training Academy is located at 104 Sunken Garden Loop, Wards, Randall’s Island, New York.  Racanelli Construction served in a design/build capacity in the construction of the 14,972 square foot, one-floor with attic facility constructed from a pre-fabricated, industrious steel building system manufactured by Butler Manufacturing (Kansas City, MO).

The scope of the project included all required professional design and construction services, as well as activities relating to the relocation of an existing training facility to the new pre-engineered building. Specifically, services provided included: site investigations, land surveying, underground utility location, the preparation and development of design document and the Final Design Documents incorporating technical specifications and drawings.

Since beginning the project on June 24, 2014, a challenge that the Racanelli Construction team had overcome related to the site’s poor soil conditions. To address this condition, an alternate foundation incorporating piles, concrete caps and a 9” reinforced structural poured concrete slab on grade was constructed.

The new training facility features steel-frame construction with exterior steel standing seam roofing and a corrugated metal wall panel system with fiberglass batt insulation.  The base of the building and stairwell are finished with split-faced block. The window fenestration features 1” insulated, tempered, tinted, low e-glass with thermally-broken aluminum frames. Rhythmic punctured window wall fenestration and masonry wall base and corners anchor the attractive, contextual earth tone structure to the ground and its surroundings.

Housed in new training facility are training rooms, a break room, cafeteria/concession area, male/female locker rooms and offices.

The TBTA Training Facility is an environmentally-friendly building which incorporates many LEED requirements. Among the sustainable features of the building are waterless urinals, sensor-operated flushometers, lavatory fixtures and occupancy sensing areas, among other sustainable building systems and features.

Racanelli’s team for this TBTA Training Facility (RK65-R2) project on Randall’s Island, NY consists of Project Executive Nicholas Racanelli, Project Superintendent Kevin Jones, Project Manager Mike Marshall and Assistant Project Manager John Lopusnak. The Design Team consists of Baldassano Architecture LLP and their consultants, including Emtec Consulting as the MEP Engineers, Bohler Engineering, the civil engineer, and Wayman C. Wing, the Structural Engineer.