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Tilcon Materials Used in Governors Island Redesign

Posted Tue, Apr 3rd, 2012
Governors Island NY

Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan and closer to Brooklyn. For almost 200 years Governors Island was a military base, home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard and was not open to the public. In 2003, the island transferred into public ownership and is now managed by the City of New York. It is accessible only by ferry from either Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Governors Island attracts summer visitors who come to relax, bike, attend concerts, visit the historic homes and enjoy unique views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

A recently announced Park and Public Space Master Plan will completely transform Governors Island by redeveloping 87 acres of open spaces. West 8, the architectural firm who won the contract, intends to change the entire topography of the southern end of the island, replacing the flat landscape with a hilly one that compliments the skyscrapers of Manhattan. It will also create new parks, play areas and ball fields as well as adding shade trees, new landscapes and a new 2.2 mile Great Promenade along the waterfront./p>

Phase I of this project began in March 2012. The general contractor for the project is Turner Construction and the earthwork sub-contractor is D'Onofrio Contracting. Tilcon will be supplying significant amounts of material for the redesign including 250,000 tons of a blend of sand and ¾ inch stone from Clinton Point which will be transported by barge to the island over the course of the year.

In addition, we will be transporting 70,000 tons of engineered topsoil, also required for the earthworks, from our Port Washington terminal to the island. This material is produced by another supplier who is unable to transport it.

Congratulations to Mike DiRenzo, New York Sales, for his hard work and success on this project.

For more information on Governors Island please visit the park website at www.govisland.comand to see architectural drawings of how the island will look after the redevelopment, visit


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