NYC DOB meets with design and construction firms for $4 billion Rikers Island replacement jails

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New York City has initiated its plan to replace Rikers Island with new jails in four of its five boroughs, Crain’s New York Business reports. The projects are expected to have an overall value of more than $4 billion.

The city’s Department of Design and Construction met with more than 120 design and construction firms in mid-November to outline plans for the four “borough-based” jails.

Earlier, the department awarded the joint venture of AECOM and Hill International a $107 million contract to manage the construction of the jails, with a contract value of $8.7 billion, according to The Real Deal. The overall expected cost of the new buildings will reach more than $1 billion each.

Department officials indicated that the first two requests for proposal will be released early next year, according to department officials. Ultimately, the city plans to set out seven design-build contracts to build jails in Chinatown, Downtown Brooklyn, Mott Haven and Kew Gardens.

The city has asked developers to submit their qualifications for the first two related projects: a parking garage for the Queens jail and building demolition and construction of swing space at the Brooklyn site, Crain’s has reported.
The requests for proposals for the Manhattan and Bronx jails will be released next spring. The Queens and Brooklyn jails will be contracted last, in spring 2021.

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