Turner celebrates St. Johns Terminal workers

By Riley SimpsonJanuary 06, 2021

Crews lift the final steel beam of the St. Johns Terminal project

As crews installed the final steel beam, Turner Construction Company celebrated the St. Johns Terminal development in New York City during a socially distanced ceremony in December 2020.

The site was formerly a freight terminal, but since fall 2018 when Oxford Properties announced its redevelopment plans for the West Village property, the building has been reimagined into a 12-story, 1.3 million-square-foot commercial office space as part of Google’s planned Hudson Square campus.

According to Turner, the event honored the efforts of the site’s construction workers, who combined to put in 775,000 hours, after the project created more than 500 jobs.

“I want to recognize our staff and the workforce,” said Bert Rahm, Turner vice president and general manager. “Not enough can be said about how hard and diligent everyone worked to meet their commitments while facing the challenges of Covid-19.”

Once the project’s exterior phase is complete, Turner and Structure Tone will partner in a joint venture to complete the interiors for Google as the technology giant expands to New York City.

Turner crews test the capabilities of an advanced mobility robot, Spot

The St Johns Terminal project was also an opportunity for Turner to launch a pilot program for an advanced mobility robot named Spot.

Spot can safely traverse construction sites and carry customized technological integrations.

What can Spot do? Turner’s teams tested the robot’s ability to conduct routine site walks and automate tasks such as laser scanning and progress monitoring.

Spot saves scan data so Turner teams can efficiently track construction progress conduct rapid QA/QC checks and update building information modeling to provide clients with true digital twins of their facilities.

“Pairing the most advanced mobile robot in the world with the latest reality capture technologies brings the future of automated construction workflows to the jobsite of today,” said Jim Barrett, Turner vice president and chief innovation officer.

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