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GEA Projects in the News: Trader Joes opens this week in Williamsburg!

Trader Joe’s is set to open its third location in Brooklyn.  The location at 200 Kent Avenue, spanning across 22,000 sq. ft. is set to open officially on Friday, December 10, 2021.

The grand opening celebration will include a ceremony, ribbon cutting, live music and reusable bag giveaway, all set to kick off around the 8 a.m. opening, according to the company.

GEA is proud to have provided MEP/FP Engineering services to this exciting project!

See full article here at https://patch.com/new-york/bed-stuy/brooklyns-third-trader-joes-open-williamsburg-week

Local Law 97: Is Your Building Ready for Compliance?

Beginning January 1, 2024, new stricter guidelines take effect governing carbon emissions in NYC, with the goal of reaching a 40% reduction by the year 2030. With these new restrictions, developers will need to adapt their MEP systems to achieve compliance by considering electric-based HVAC and water heating systems.


GEA specializes in designing MEP systems that:
    • are emissions-free/reduced
    • use the heat byproduct from VRF condensing units to provide heat for domestic water
    • are energy-efficient above code requirements
    • fall well within the compliance criteria for the new regulations

GEA encourages owners, developers and project stakeholders to make inquiries into the LL 97 compliance of their buildings. It is important to note that even though your buildings meet all current building and energy codes, they may still be vulnerable to the actions and penalties of Local Law 97.

The Man Behind NYC’s Biggest Buildings

Get a peek into the mind of David Glickman, the man behind the  most intricate MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems in NYC’s most known structures. David, the managing partner of GEA Consulting Engineers, sits for an interview with Maxin’ TV for a YouTube broadcast interview, pulling back the curtain on the MEP Engineering industry and the inner workings behind some of the most famous buildings in NYC. The discussion includes topics that range from basic MEP issues to the secrets behind the concrete, glass and steel-clad giants that pierce the skies.

If you are having trouble viewing the video above, go to kTEnBojpa4g see the full interview on YouTube.

Local Law 97 and its Impact on New Construction

Are you thinking about the effect that Local Law 97, NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act, will have on your new or under construction building?

A lot has been spoken about existing buildings and upgrading HVAC and envelope systems. Not as much has been discussed about new construction. Given the significant trend toward the use of VRF systems for HVAC, the installation of boilers to heat buildings has been greatly reduced. Thus, a large component of potential carbon emissions has been eliminated. Several recent examples include changing from gas PTACs to electric VRF PTACs, providing “hydro kits” to supply domestic hot water from VRF condensers and switching from gas rooftop units for corridors to VRF rooftops. There are so many more electric options for new construction projects than there were just one year ago! For the full code text, click here!
263 South 5th Street

GEA Projects in the News: The Dime Closing In On Completion

GEA is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design and commissioning services to The Dime in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This 22 story mixed-use building will have separate lobbies for both commercial and residential tenants. Amenities will occupy the entire fifth floor and include a community garden, yoga studio, cooking area with grills & multiple dining tables, a lawn, a lounge with ample seating, communal work spaces, a half basketball court and a fitness center. Completion is likely to be within the next month or so. Head over to NY Yimby for the full story.

22 Chapel Street

GEA Projects in the News: 22 Chapel Street’s Superstructure Makes it’s Ascent!

GEA is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design and commissioning services to 22 Chapel Street in Downtown Brooklyn. This 211ft tall rental building will be 133,181sf with 180 Units. These units will span the third through 20th floors. 2,000sf of ground floor space will house retail, a community facility & bicycle storage for residents. Amenities will include 87 private parking spaces, a residential lounge, party room, fitness center and a children’s playroom. A swimming pool will be on the 15th floor in addition to an outdoor rooftop deck. Estimated date of completion is Winter of 2022. See full story at NY Yimby.

GEA Projects in the News: 98 Front Street Construction Comes To A Close!

GEA is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design and commissioning services to 98 Front Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This ten story residential building will house many amenities that include: an indoor saltwater swimming pool, a steam room & spa and two fitness centers. There will also be a residential communal lounge, co-working space, 7,000-square-foot outdoor communal rooftop terrace with BBQ stations, three separate outdoor kitchens, a bocce ball court and an outdoor screening area. The date of completion is likely to be before the end of the year. For more, go to NY Yimby

30 Front Street, DUMBO

GEA Projects in the News: 30 Front Street Begins to Rise!

GEA is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design and commissioning services to 30 Front Street in DUMBO. This 270-foot-tall building will consist of 360,000sf. 177,900sf will house 74 apartments, being 2,400sf apiece. 72,500sf will be used for community facilities. The remaining area will be used for a proposed parking facility, which has a capacity of 416 vehicles. Two full-floor units will take up the 22nd & 26th floors, while two duplex penthouses will span the 24th & 25th floors. Amenities include a residential lounge, a sauna and spa, a yoga room, and a sixth-floor swimming pool that will be adjacent to recreational space. Date of completion is set for December 2021. For more, go to NY Yimby.

GEA Projects in the News: 531 Avenue of the Americas Facade Underway!

GEA is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design and commissioning services to 531 Sixth Avenue (AKA 101 West 14th Street) in Chelsea. This 13 story, 145-foot-tall building will consist of 80, 140sf. 54,520sf will be dedicated to residential use including 21 duplex units, with 5,380sf for two ground floor commercial tenants. Amenities include an outdoor rooftop terrace, a tenant lounge and fitness center on the second story, storage for 23 bicycles, a laundry room, and a second fitness room in the cellar. Date of completion is set for the first half of 2021. See full story at NY Yimby.

GEA Update: GEA Reopens Its Doors!

GEA is preparing to reopen our doors to our employees! We have and will continue to take the health risks of Covid-19 very seriously. To ensure that our employees feel the utmost level of safety and comfort in the office, areas within the GEA office space have been strategically protected with barriers to reduce the risk of transmission. We have also set up sanitizer stations throughout the office and provided refillable travel sanitizer bottles for commuting and on-site visits. Please see the linked brochure for full details on how GEA is protecting our staff, which is our greatest asset.