Tutor Perini wins $2.6 billion contract to build Brooklyn jail

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has awarded a $2.95 billion design-build contract to Tutor Perini Corp. for a new Brooklyn jail, the company announced Monday.

Design work is expected to begin this summer.

“We are pleased to be selected and awarded this major design-build contract by the New York City DDC and look forward to partnering with them to deliver a new state-of-the-art facility that will enable DDC’s historic plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with a smaller network of safer modern jails,” said Ronald Tutor, Tutor Perini’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Tutor Perini and a joint venture between Lend Lease Corp. and Halmar International were the two teams invited to bid on the Brooklyn facility that will replace Rikers Island corrections complex with four borough-based facilities.

The city’s deadline to replace Rikers Island is 2027.

The other three jail projects are expected to start this year:

  • Manhattan facility: The sole Request for Proposal (RFP) went to a joint venture of Gilbane Building Co. and Alberici Corp.
  • Queens facility: Leon D. Matteis Construction Corp was identified as the sole proposer;
  • Bronx facility: The DDC selected two teams – Transformative Reform Group LLC, led by SLSCO and Sciame Construction; and Caldwell Wingate 2022 Co. LLC

The value of the full jail replacement program is estimated between $8 billion and $9 billion.

Site work and other related projects, including a 25,000-square-foot parking garage at the Queen site, are already under construction.

NorthStar Contracting Group Inc. was selected to dismantle structures and build swing space at the Brooklyn site. Hunter Roberts Construction Group LLC and Gramercy Group Inc. are performing the same type of work at the Queens and Manhattan sites.

Yonkers Contracting Co. Inc. is doing site preparation work at the Bronx site, and Triumph Construction Corp. is responsible for water main installation in Queens.

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