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    The facade looks complete (taken from a recent game while waiting in line to get in):


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    The new masterpiece of ballparks

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    Or maybe not ...

    Company Hired to Test Concrete Faces Scrutiny


    Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times
    The new Yankee Stadium is among the projects in which the work of Testwell Laboratories is in question.

    NY TIMES
    By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    June 21, 2008

    Manhattan prosecutors are investigating whether the leading concrete testing company in the New York area, which has been hired to measure and analyze the strength of the concrete poured at some of the biggest construction projects in the city, failed to do some tests and falsified others, officials involved in the inquiry said on Friday.

    The investigation has uncovered problems with tests the company conducted on concrete poured over the last two years at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and the foundation of the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan, along with as many as a dozen other projects, said several of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

    The investigation has also raised questions about past work done by the company, Testwell Laboratories Inc., at a wide range of sites around the city. Construction and inspection practices in the city are already under scrutiny as a result of a series of fatal accidents and arrests on corruption charges.

    The Yankees and the developer of the team’s new stadium, along with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is building the Freedom Tower, said the concrete used for their structures had been determined to be sound and posed no safety threat. But they acknowledged that they had questions about the company’s work.

    The testing of concrete by companies like Testwell is one of the most basic safety measures used for all sorts of construction projects in the city, from apartment houses to bridges. The companies, both at job sites and in their laboratories, are supposed to conduct a variety of tests to make sure that the concrete was properly mixed and set, and that it meets industry standards for strength and durability.

    The investigation centers on allegations that the company in some instances failed to do preliminary tests, including some known as slump tests, and later falsified the results of more sophisticated compression tests, officials said. A building boom in the city, meanwhile, has fueled the demand for concrete — supplied by an industry that still bears the taint of decades of mob domination.

    Lawyers for Testwell defended the company and its work. They said its officials had done nothing wrong and had cooperated with investigators, who on Wednesday took some 200 boxes of documents and computers from Testwell’s main office in Ossining, N.Y., as well as from a trailer at Yankee Stadium and another office in Queens.

    “They are quite confident that at the end of whatever this investigation is, it will show that they have done their job correctly and honestly,” said one of the lawyers, Martin B. Adelman.

    The investigation is being conducted by the Labor Racketeering Unit in the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, along with five other city agencies and inspectors general.

    The stadium in the Bronx, being built at a cost of about $1.2 billion — much of it financed with tax-exempt bonds — is to open in 2009. The Freedom Tower, at the site of the former World Trade Center, will be the city’s tallest building if it is finished as planned.


    Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times
    Testwell Laboratories was responsible for testing of concrete used at the Freedom Tower,
    now under construction at ground zero.

    According to city records, Testwell has roughly $12 million in city contracts to provide a wide range of testing services — well beyond just concrete — to a number of different city agencies.

    It is unclear what impact the investigation would have on other projects, completed or under way, that relied on work by Testwell. The city’s Buildings Department said in a statement that it would take “action based upon the findings of law enforcement.”

    Among the other projects under scrutiny, one official said, were several city schools and an amusement park in New Jersey.

    Investigators said it was unclear why a company might fail to conduct tests or falsify test results. “I guess it keeps your overhead and costs down if you don’t actually do the tests,” one official said.

    The allegations that prosecutors are reviewing include overbilling, double-billing and billing for tests the company did not conduct, one official said. Among the possible charges the prosecutors could bring are falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.

    In addition to its work measuring the strength of concrete, Testwell also examines steel and tests for the presence of asbestos and prosecutors were looking into at least one incident in each of those areas, an investigator said. In one, a worker died last year when he fell through the floor of a landmark building at 113 Bank Street in the West Village, where officials believe Testwell failed to ensure that the proper shoring work had been done, the investigator said.

    In another, the company tested for asbestos at La Guardia Community College in 2000 and certified that a building there was clean, but later tests found that asbestos was present, the investigator said.

    One of Testwell’s lawyers, Scott Stone, took issue with the characterization of the company’s work at La Guardia College, and provided a copy of an inspection report that listed materials containing asbestos that were found in the building.

    Mr. Stone also played down the company’s role at the Freedom Tower, saying it had done no concrete testing there, just a week of vibration monitoring.

    The investigation began about five months ago as a result of irregularities uncovered by monitors hired by the Yankees and by the Port Authority, as well as by the authority’s own engineers, according to law enforcement officials and people involved in both projects.

    The inquiry involves the city’s Department of Investigation and Buildings Department, as well as inspectors general from the Port Authority, the School Construction Authority and the State Dormitory Authority.

    One investigator said prosecutors hoped to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury soon.

    The company, formed 40 years ago, is one of a small number that perform concrete testing in the New York area. It employs more than 200 people, according to business records, and reported nearly $20 million in sales last year. One of its lawyers, Mr. Adelman, said it had in recent years employed an independent monitor, Ronald Goldstock, to ensure the integrity of its work.

    All concrete that is delivered to construction sites is tested by firms hired by the owners or builders. When concrete trucks leave their batching plants, paperwork is time-stamped, and the time is again noted on arrival at a job site.

    The tests are typically conducted on concrete poured into cylinders 12 inches long and 6 inches in diameter; the cylinders are kept on the job site, in the same conditions as the poured concrete. The samples are then sent to laboratories, where the strength is tested. Concrete cures and its strength increases over time, and tests are performed at 14 days, 28 days and 56 days.

    Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for the Yankees, said that a company hired by the team to monitor the stadium project, a common practice in large construction endeavors in an effort to uncover fraud and abuse, discovered problems with Testwell’s work and began its own internal investigation. The monitor, Ed Stier of Thacher Associates, took the information he developed about the tests to the authorities.

    Ken Belson contributed reporting.

    Copyright 2008The New York Times Company

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    That is just criminal if it turns out to be true. Throw them in jail for a very long, long time.

    They're endangering people's lives. God forbid one day, the city experiences one of those once-in-a-blue moon kind of earthquakes and all these structures fail because of them.

    Look at what happened in Sichuan China recently. Shoddy construction practices/materials led to so many collapses and deaths.

    By the way, can they retroactively go back and tests the concrete once it's built and dried? I read it somewhere that they could but can't be certain.

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    There have got to be several reasons why Yankee stadium is being replaced with a new one. The new ballpark is technologically advanced is one reason. I don't know if the large capacity (57,545) is another reason.

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    Actually there are slightly less seats in the new stadium - about 51,000 plus some standing room - but there are a lot more luxury boxes. Those, plus a lot more retail will mean $$$$$$$.

    What fans get is modern amenities, wider concourses with views of the field, and more parking. The players get a state-of-the-art facility. There will also be a new Metro-North station.

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    Some new pics posted on http://stadiumpage.com/. I really like how the new Yankee Stadium is turning out; I definitely feel a sense of continuity, it just looks like a stadium that belongs in the Bronx. In contrast, when I look at Citifield, although a first-class facility, it could have been built anywhere.

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    Please explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneNYC View Post
    Some new pics posted on http://stadiumpage.com/. I really like how the new Yankee Stadium is turning out; I definitely feel a sense of continuity, it just looks like a stadium that belongs in the Bronx. In contrast, when I look at Citifield, although a first-class facility, it could have been built anywhere.
    I don't think the new Yankee Stadium screams Bronx as much as it is nearly an exact replica of the original and current Yankee Stadium, whereas Citifield has nothing in common with Shea. Its not a question of belonging but rather familiarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynLove View Post
    Please explain.
    Easy.

    Citifield = cookie cutter

    New Yankee Stadium = class, refinement.

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    Yes, thank you.

    But also for me, the aura of Yankee Stadium is a big part of being a Yankee fan. Yes, maybe it is familiarity, but the fact that there's continuity is important. It would be a major disappointment if the stadium was being replaced with a blah park like Citifield.

    I remember reading that certain elements of Citifield are meant to resemble the old Ebbets field. Honestly, I don't see how that is relevant for today's Mets fans.

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    Yankee Stadium looks very fascist. It recalls Mussolini's Milan train station or Tempelhof Airport, as planned by Albert Speer. There's a lot of neo-Roman/Art Deco in it, i.e., fascist architecture, and limestone.

    I don't necessarily think the Yankees (or even George Steinbrenner -- Marge Schott is another story) are fascists. But Yankee Stadium's grandeur bears certain similarities to some of the most visible fascist buildings.

    Milan's Central Train Station, finished in 1931:

    "Hitler's Airport" -- Tempelhof

    Speer's 1937 plans for a stadium in Nuremburg

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    Perhaps fitting for a team labeled the "Evil Empire".

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    Easy.

    Citifield = cookie cutter

    New Yankee Stadium = class, refinement.
    Please, gimme a break.

    New Yankee Stadium = old Yankee Stadium less the heritage that made it special. What you're left with now is a soul-less carbon copy.

    Explain to me which features of Citifield make it cookie cutter.

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