McKissack, under contract to Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP), provided construction management services for the relocation of the MTA Long Island Rail Road’s Vanderbilt Yard in Brooklyn. The first and second stages of the project were integral to Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development plan, which included the new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. Other elements of the mixed-use development project will include office towers, residential towers, retail and public spaces.
The third and fourth stage of the project provided a fully signaled yard, a permanent employee facility building, an in-ground toilet manifold system and a new rail link at the northwest corner of Block 1120 connecting the yard with Atlantic Terminal. This new link known as the “West Portal” allows trains to pull directly into the yard from the station negating the need for trains to operate a quarter mile east and then back into the yard. During these stages, McKissack managed the installation of a new AC power substation for yard power, a new DC Traction substation with two transformer rectifiers for Tunnel and yard train power, upgrades to Brook tower and Brook 2 for better signal service, a new larger Motor Generator Substation to provide reliable signal power, a new M of E maintenance facility for LIRR employees, a new pneumatic ejector sewer system to service train bathrooms, seven new yard storage tracks to store and service 56 cars, a new signalized West lead track to directly access tunnel and terminal, new yard lighting, and new cleaning sheds.