July 5, 2016

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On the Job with Peter Scalamandre & Sons Inc.

It seems only right that the new state-of-the-art LIE Welcome Center (NYSDOT #D263143, 2022490) should be built by longtime Long Islander and LICA member Peter Scalamandre & Sons Inc. (PSSI). Peter, LICA’s longest serving board member, and his crew headed by General Superintendent Tom Hayes have been hard at work since the project broke ground in early May. With a delivery date of October 1 looming, PSSI crews often work 12 hour days, 6 days a week, and have moved nearly 20,000 yards of dirt during the process of excavation to clear the land and lay drainage and footings for the 15,000 square foot building, its 135 parking spots and a noise wall along the site’s south boundary. Max Rodriguez, PSSI’s Building Superintendent, said that they’ve already poured 320 yards of concrete, not including the 290+ yards they’ll need for the building’s slab, which is due to be poured just before this article goes to press.

Overseeing the operation and coordinating all the men, machines and materials needed for this job involves several other key PSSI employees including: Eric Read, VP of  Operations; Jim Dergin, Project Manager; and Alberto Santiago, Office Engineer. Being high on Governor Cuomo’s list of priorities, this project is also under the watchful eye of many state and DOT officials who have visited the site, including NYSDOT Executive Deputy Commissioner Phil Eng, Region 10 Director Joe Brown, Supervisor Special Projects Raymond Weixler and the Governor himself.

scalamandre_2.pngAs is the case with any large project, design changes and special construction considerations can pose difficulties and cause delays, but Hayes is confident they’ll meet the challenge. With progress that LIE commuters can measure daily, we have no doubt they will! The new LIE Welcome Center will be LEED certified so it must employ certain energy efficient systems including solar lighting on the exterior and radiant heat flooring inside. Housing offices for both New York State and Suffolk County Police means extra security measures have been added to the construction requirements as well and there will be 24/7 video monitoring of the facility by NYSDOT’s Traffic Management Center staff.

Several other LICA members are contributing to the project as subcontractors or suppliers, including: Bancker Construction, Watral Brothers, Ponderosa Fence, Pratt Brothers, Island Pavement Cutting, Nuco Painting, Safety Marking, Able Equipment Rental, Roman Stone, LI Precast and Seville Central Mix.

LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst is proud to have so many LICA members working on a project that will welcome people from all over the world. “So often, our members work invisibly on projects that people take for granted such as road maintenance, sewer installations and bridge repairs. It’s great to see our members be recognized for their work on such an important and high-profile project as this. When it’s completed, I’m confident that all of Long Island will be as proud as we are of the fine work our members have done on the new LIE Welcome Center.” We look forward to providing another update when the building construction nears completion. See more photos from the current worksite below.


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