Finally, a construction timeframe for the Myrtle Avenue pedestrian plaza! Pratt
University Institute shares the good news that the $6,000,000 capital project will break ground this fall. Construction will last 18 months. The final result will be 25,000 square feet of new pedestrian space on Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place. The plaza will feature improved crossings, new bus stops, new trees, large planters, game tables, a water fountain, a permanent art installation, and movable tables and chairs. The Public Design Commission approved the plaza plans this March.
Pratt also reports that the school is installing a green roof on the North Hall building at 200 Willoughby Avenue. The school is also working hard on rebuilding the historic Main Building, which suffered from a fire this February. Helpern Architects completed an initial interior condition survey at the building and will provide aesthetic oversight on all work done there. Pratt will have to extensively reconstruct the building, including the removal of walls, flooring, and hung ceilings, and install new lighting, electrical, and IT infrastructure. They expect re-occupancy to begin in phases, by floor, at the beginning of 2014.