LANCASTER, Pa., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE: AWI) today announced it was selected to provide ceiling solutions for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's East Side Access megaproject, the largest transportation construction project underway in the United States, that will connect the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to a new concourse underneath Grand Central Terminal. Armstrong was chosen for its broad product portfolio, design services, construction expertise and technical competencies, a combination unmatched in the ceilings industry. This marks the third in a series of large transportation projects in Manhattan for which Armstrong ceiling solutions were recently specified. The first, Fulton Center, the gateway to Lower Manhattan, opened in 2014, and the second, South Ferry Station, is re-opening this spring. East Side Access expects to open in December of 2022.
Hanson James, owner of minority company Creative Construction, the ceilings subcontractor for the South Ferry Station and East Side Access projects, said, "I worked with the AWI team on the South Ferry project, and I couldn't have had a better partner. As architects push the boundaries of design, ceilings are becoming more complex and more important. Both South Ferry and East Side Access are good examples of that trend. AWI delivers the ceiling design and engineering expertise these kinds of projects demand, from lighting and HVAC integration to, in the case of East Side Access, wind load requirements. The AWI team brings more than just products to the job; they bring solutions and add value from the design phase through to construction."
The new LIRR Concourse at Grand Central Terminal, under construction as part of East Side Access, will be a modern, bright and expansive passenger facility featuring an array of Armstrong standard and custom acoustical metal ceiling and component solutions. The ceilings are scheduled to ship in early 2018.
AWI Ceiling Solutions SVP Charlie Chiappone, said, "Our ability to consistently meet the custom demands of jobs like these demonstrates how far we have evolved our architectural, design and construction capabilities. We're providing a clear value proposition to architects and contractors and delivering efficiencies from the design stage right through to installation. We are very honored to be able to bring our expertise to this historic project for the benefit of New Yorkers."
About East Side Access
East Side Access is the largest transportation infrastructure project currently underway in the United States. East Side Access will be the first extension of the Long Island Rail Road in over 100 years, providing Long Island Rail Road riders from Long Island and Queens with service to a new train concourse currently being constructed beneath Grand Central Terminal. The new service will save commuters up to 40 minutes on their daily commute and strengthen the East Midtown business district.
About Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions. With over 3,700 employees and fiscal 2016 revenues from ceiling operations in excess of $1.2 billion, AWI operates from a global manufacturing network of 24 facilities, including nine plants dedicated to its WAVE joint venture.
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