View Full Version : 12 Metrotech Center tops out - Where have I been?

October 19th, 2002, 01:18 PM
I must be blind, I didn't even notice it was past 28 floors..

Final beam lifted atop court bldg.

BYLINE : Elizabeth Hays

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered in downtown Brooklyn yesterday to cheer the hoisting of the final steel beam atop a 32-story courthouse going up near MetroTech.

When it is completed in 2005, the building at 330 Jay St., next to the Brooklyn Marriott, will house the Kings County Family Court and the criminal division of Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Work began on the mammoth project in spring 2001, after 15 years of planning and political wrangling.

Yesterday''s ceremony in Jay Plaza, across from the structure, marked the end of construction on the building''s 473-foot steel shell.

"It has been 15 years in the making," Supreme Court Justice Ann Pfau told the crowd of elected officials, court personnel and construction workers who were gathered for the topping-out ceremony.

"But here we are today topping off what will be the largest state court in New York, and certainly the crown jewel of our state courts," she added.

Agencies and biz, too

Developed by real estate titan Forest City Ratner, the 1.1 million-square-foot building also is slated to house an assortment of state and city agencies as well as private businesses.

"You have to admit Brooklyn is on a big roll," said Borough President Marty Markowitz. "Brooklyn''s best days are ahead."

Markowitz was joined by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn), City Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights) and other officials who feted the building as a symbol of downtown''s renaissance.

It is also a much-needed solution to the overcrowding in the borough''s aging courthouses.

As a massive crane atop the steel shell hoisted the American-flag-draped final beam into place, the crowd broke into applause.

"It''ll only be a few tomorrows until we''re sitting in the new courthouse," said Lentol. "And justice will be served in Brooklyn."

Part of master plan

The huge project was outlined 15 years ago as part of the New York City Courts capital program master plan.

Despite a pressing need, it was slowed over the years by political infighting and threats by major businesses to leave the downtown area if the project went forward.

Officials said yesterday''s ceremony was also a chance to thank the hundreds of construction workers on the project.

"It''s exciting. It''s amazing to see it come up out of the ground," said steam fitter Bill Murphy, who joined the project in February, when it was a hole in the ground with just the beginnings of a structure.

"We feel very proud," Murphy said.

October 20th, 2002, 09:07 PM
kinda dissapointed in this one, looks shorter than i expected

October 21st, 2002, 04:39 PM
Two weeks old but the newest pics on the net (I apologize for the non digital crap):

12 Metrotech at 28 floors
12 Metrotech base with first glass
9 Metrotech South from south
Site of Atlantic Terminal, 3 floor deep concrete hole barely visible