Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation

January 2014

Background\Overview

Mohawk Tower is a 24-story residential high rise completed in 1972 concurrent with the construction of Indian Quad located at the southeast corner of the University at Albany, Uptown Campus. It is one of 4 residential towers at the University. The building totals roughly 100,000 SF, housing 440 beds, floor lounges, multipurpose space, building amenities and a weather observatory 24th floor. As with most of the original construction on the Uptown campus, the structure consists of reinforced cast-in-place concrete columns and two-way floor slabs. The exterior facades are clad with two-story, precast concrete panels with vertical ribs forming the window openings and horizontal spandrels corresponding to each floor level. Interior partitions are concrete masonry. The building core has three elevators and two exit stairs arranged in a scissor configuration.

Most of the building components and systems in Mohawk Tower are original and are at or beyond their useful life, requiring upgrades or replacement. Moreover, many spaces in the building were designed based on older lighting, energy, comfort, and accessibility standards. This project, which starts in Summer 2012 and ends in Summer 2014, provides a complete interior demolition and reconstruction, and will result in an upgraded, efficient and modern high-rise dormitory residence.

Scope

The interior and exterior of the building will be completely rehabbed. All 2,200 windows on the tower will be energy efficient, and the operable windows will be awning style to manage water infiltration on rainy days more effectively. The exterior concrete ribs and columns will be repaired and sealed. The entry vestibule of the tower will be reconfigured to make it more open and inviting, creating a 2 story weather-tight entry atrium. The first floor will house new, well-equipped offices, lounge, and conference spaces. Upstairs, the student suites and bedrooms will be reconfigured to provide greater handicapped accessibility, improved ventilation, better lighting, and all new finishes and furniture. The penthouse will be reconfigured to provide a new multi-purpose room and student study/work rooms with food serving areas. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification with the potential for LEED Gold.

Project Status

  • Exterior rehab, including full window and roof replacement, has been completed.
    • Material hoist to be removed and swing scaffolding to be installed for remaining exterior detail and cleaning work.
  • Interior renovations – Sample suite has been completed for review. General work operations are from the top floors downward and are currently on the floors, by trade, as noted below;
    • Mechanical/HVAC work on the 2nd and 7th respectively
    • Electrical/Data/Communications work on the 7th and 8th floors
    • Plumbing on the 1st and 2nd floors
    • Fire Alarm on the 1st floor
    • Fire Protection on the 5th floor
    • Framing on the 1st and 22nd floors
    • Drywall on 5th through 3rd floors
    • Taping on 8 and 9th floors
    • Insulating on 1st and 2nd floors
    • Painting, flooring and accessories are the follow-up activities currently in progress
  • Emergency Generator Installed
  • Roof top mechanical equipment placed 1/18/14
  • Site and area work scheduled for spring 2014
  • Occupancy is scheduled August 2014

Questions/Comments/Contacts

The University project manager is Diana Delp, who can be contacted at ddelp@albany.edu or
442-3400.



Project Renderings / Photos

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    Design Renderings

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Credits
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    Rendering - First Floor Plan

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - First Floor Plan
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    Rendering - Lobby Entry

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Lobby Entry
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    Rendering - Second Floor Plan

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Second Floor Plan
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    Rendering - Study Nook

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Study Nook
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    Rendering - Typical Bedroom Floor Plan

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Typical Bedroom Floor Plan
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    Rendering - Typical Bedroom Suite

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Typical Bedroom Suite
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    Rendering - Typical Accessible Bedroom Suite

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Typical Accessible Bedroom Suite
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    Rendering - Elevator Lobby

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Elevator Lobby
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    Rendering - Twenty-second Floor Plan

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Twenty-second Floor Plan
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    Rendering - Servery

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Servery
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    Rendering - Sky Lounge

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Rendering - Sky Lounge
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    Construction Photos 2012-12-17

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Construction Photos 2012-12-17
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    Conveyer at the entry of Indian Quad moving stone to the inside of the quad

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Laying Stone - Outside to Inside
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    Stone being spread to provide a “floor” for the staging inside Indian Quad

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Laying Stone - Spreading Stone
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    Entry to the Construction Site

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Entry to the Construction Site
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    Demolition of wall partitions and door frames

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Demolition of wall partitions and door frames
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    Demolition of finishes and framing at window walls

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Demolition of finishes and framing at window walls
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    Demolition of plumbing chase; pipes still to be removed

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Demolition of plumbing chase; pipes still to be removed
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    Construction Photos 2013-04-25

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Construction Photos 2013-04-25
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    Debris removed from the floor by wheel barrel, down the elevators and on to a pick-up truck at the entry of Mohawk

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Debris removed from the floor by wheel barrel, down the elevators and on to a pick-up truck at the entry of Mohawk
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    Demolition and Abatement Completed

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Demolition and Abatement Completed
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    Staging the mast climbers

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Staging the mast climbers
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    Mast Climbers are installed on each face of Mohawk Tower

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Mast Climbers are installed on each face of the Mohawk Tower
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    Mast Climbers will be used in the installation of 2,200 windows, all exterior wall repair and delivery of materials to upper floors

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Mast Climbers will be used in the installation of 2,200 windows, all exterior wall repair and delivery of materials to upper floors
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    2nd floor saw cut and steel for the upturned beams to provide an atrium at the entry vestibule

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - 2nd floor saw cut and steel for the upturned beams to provide an atrium at the entry vestibule
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    Connection of upturned beam to the column which will help support the floor loads at the opening

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Connection of upturned beam to the column which will help support the floor loads at the opening
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    Shoring beneath the 2nd floor opening to support the floor until the upturned beams are poured

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Shoring beneath the 2nd floor opening to support the floor until the upturned beams are poured
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    Entry Vestibule: upturned beams poured and dried and shoring removed

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Shoring beneath the 2nd floor opening to support the floor until the upturned beams are poured
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    Openings for the Mechanical-Plumbing shafts with uptuned beams poured into forms

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Openings for the Mechanical-Plumbing shafts with uptuned beams poured into forms
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    Mechanical-plumbing shaft beams dried

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Mechanical-plumbing shaft beams dried
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    Mechanical-plumbing shafts align and run from basement to the 22nd floor

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Mechanical-plumbing shafts align and run from basement to the 22nd floor
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    Each floor is encased in fireproofing (red) so fires will not spread between floors

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Each floor is encased in fireproofing (rec) so fires will not spread between floors
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    Fire proofing up close

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Fire proofing up close
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    Construction Photos 2013-06-30

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Construction Photos 2013-06-30
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    Mast climbers in action

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Mast climbers in action
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    Window replacement

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Window replacement
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    Basement floor slab, saw cut for sewer line install

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Basement floor slab, saw cut for sewer line install
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    Shoring for mast climber above

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Shoring for mast climber above
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    Slab cut at 1st floor for electrical/telecom vertical run

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Slab cut at 1st floor for electrical/telecom vertical run
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    Electrical/telecom conduit sleeves installed in slab cuts at 4th flr.

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Electrical/telecom conduit sleeves installed in slab cuts at 4th flr.
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    Electrical conduit attached to sleeves at 10th flr.

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Electrical conduit attached to sleeves at 10th flr.
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    Wall framing and board installed on the 20th flr. to build the electrical/telecom closet

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Wall framing and board installed on the 20th flr. to build the electrical/telecom closet.
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    Filling the MEP shaft openings with ductwork and piping

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Filling the MEP shaft openings with ductwork and piping
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    Storm drain and lighting protection in northeast corner shaft

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Storm drain and lighting protection in northeast corner shaft
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    Metal stud framing on the 19th floor

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Metal stud framing on the 19th floor
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    Electrical rough-in on the 21st floor

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Electrical rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Bathroom

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Ductwork

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Elevators

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Basement Electrical Panels

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Lounge

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Mechanical Room

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Primer Progress on the 20th Floor

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Radiant Panels

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Rooftop Mechanical Equipment Delivery 01

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Rooftop Mechanical Equipment Delivery 02

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Rooftop Mechanical Equipment Delivery 03

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor
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    Rooftop Mechanical Equipment Delivery 04

    Mohawk Tower Rehabilitation - Plumbing rough-in on the 21st floor