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2014

 

September

Substantial completion of the renovation of the General Assembly Building. The General Assembly returns from the North Lawn Building to the General Assembly Building.

 

May

Work begins on the new Visitors' Screening Building.

 

February

The new South Screening Building is opened.

    

 

 

 

2013

 

August

The reoccupancy of the Secretariat Building is complete.

 

June

The General Assembly starts meeting in its temporary hall in the North Lawn Building. Renovation begins in the General Assembly Building.

 

May

The Security Council returns to its renovated chamber and its other rooms in the Conference Building. The General Assembly Building is closed down for renovation. The last UN staff members move out of the office swing space at 380 Madison Avenue.

 

April

The renovation of the Conference Building is substantially complete. Occupants and functions are being relocated back into the renovated building.

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

 

December 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon moves back to his office in the Secretariat Building.

 

October 

Before Hurricane Sandy hits New York, new glass panels for the Conference Building curtain wall are installed. Click here for photos. The sturdy new building envelope protects the building against the hurricane's gale force winds, and no damage occurs on any of the above ground floors under construction. The East River, however, floods part of the UN Headquarters' basements. The Security Council Chamber meanwhile is being carpeted. Click here for photos.

 

September 

By the time of the opening of the 67th session of the General Assembly, more than 1,000 UN staff members have relocated the Secretariat Building. One third of the tower is occupied.

 

July 

In the Secretariat Building the first renovated floor is occupied by staff.  

 

June

After the demolition of the East Hoist and the closing of the hoist landings with new glass panels the entire Secretariat Building glass curtain wall has been completed.

 

February

In the Secretariat Building the first floors are ready for carpeting.

 

January 

In the context of the enhanced security upgrades for the Conference Building installation of steal beams on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive begins.

  

 

 

 
  

2011

 

December
With the installation of the last panel on the east façade the new Secretariat Building glass curtain wall is completed. Click here for photos. Only the hoist openings remain to be closed in 2012.

 

September
On the west façade of the Secretariat Building the curtain wall is completed. Cleaning of the stone on the north and south façades begins. Click here for photos. Transformers are delivered for Vault B. Click here for photos.

 

August
Structural demolition in the Conference Building begins in order to implement enhanced security upgrades.

 

June
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visits the Trusteeship Council Chamber under renovation. Click here for photos. The Danish Arts Foundation announces Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard as the winners of the competition to provide new Danish design for the Chamber.

 

May
Construction work exceeds the two million person-hour mark since the groundbreaking for the CMP in May 2008. With a lost-time incident rate of only one quarter of the industry average, Skanska, the construction manager of the CMP, at the same time reports an exceptionally good safety record to date.

 

February
After a re-examination of the security component of the CMP in light of an increase in recent years in the number and severity of terrorist incidents around the world, the United States, under the Host Country Agreement responsible for keeping the UN Headquarters secure from threats emanating from outside its perimeter, provides funding for enhanced security upgrades of $100 million.

Conference Rooms 1-3 are gutted and free of asbestos. Click here for photos.

January
China signs an contribution agreement with the United Nations about the donation of $1 million for the renovation of the second floor lobby on the south side in front of the General Assembly Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

December
Denmark signs a contribution agreement with the United Nations about the donation of $3 million for the renovation of the Trusteeship Council Chamber. The Chamber was designed by the Danish architect and furniture designer Finn Juhl and furnished by Denmark in 1951. Russia signs a contribution agreement with the United Nations about the donation of $2 million for the renovation and reconfiguration of the Security Council Consultation Room.

November
The replacement of the curtain wall of the Secretariat Building begins. Starting on one of the mechanical floors, the first of altogether 5,040 old panels are being removed, and new ones are being installed. While looking just like the original before blast film had been applied, the new curtain wall will provide for much improved energy efficiency and better security. Click here for photos. Click here for photos.

September
Held in place by towers on the roof of the Secretariat Building, the moveable scaffolding system for the renovation of the curtain wall has been installed. Removal of the mechanical 'screen wall' on the top of the building has begun. The entire structure of the glass curtain wall, installed between 1949 and 1950 as the first of its kind in New York, will be replaced floor by floor. Click here for photos.

June
Demolition and asbestos abatement on the vacated floors in the Secretariat Building are under way. Click here for photos.The first floors are free of asbestos.

May
Almost 6,000 relocations have been completed since July 2009, among those 4,000 moves out of the Secretariat Building. The 39 storey building is vacated with exception of staff on two floors managing the data migration from the old tech centre to the new one in the basement. Click here for photos. The construction hoists on the East facade of the Secretariat Building and the North facade of the Conference Building are in operation. Click here for photos. The CMP Advisory Board, mandated by the General Assembly to advise the Secretary-General on all aspects of the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters, meets for the first time.

March
The Security Council moves into the completed Interim Security Council Chamber and its associated rooms. Click here for photos. On the east facade of the Secretariat Building, installation of the East Hoist is well under way. Click here for photos.

February
Construction work begins to prepare spaces in the General Assembly Building for their function as Interim Security Council Chamber and associated rooms. The Security Council will be located there from April 2010 on during the renovation of the Conference Building. Click here for photos

January
On 11 January 2010, 20 months after groundbreaking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon officially opens the North Lawn Building (NLB). Click here for photos By first providing swing space for almost all the UN Headquarters' conference facilities (the Security Council will temporarily relocate to conference rooms in the General Assembly Building) and from 2012 on for the General Assembly, the 190,000 square foot building, which cost approximately $140 million, plays a key role in the CMP. During the renovation, the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly are among the 272 occupants of the TNLB.  The completion of the CMP, scheduled for 2013, will see the building dismantled and its parts recycled.

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

December
Work continues on the North Lawn Building. On 24 December 2009, substantial completion is achieved. The building systems are tested, and at the end of the month, the first offices and conference rooms are moved in from the Secretariat Building and the Conference Building. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the building and his new office, where he will begin working on 4 January 2010. In his old office on the 38th floor of the Secretariat Building he packs his books. Click here for photos

November
Up to 350 workers, in shifts between 6 a.m. and midnight, work on the North Lawn Building. On the 3B level in the Secretariat Building, the forming of the hoist pit for the East Hoist begins. The East Hoist will serve the Secretariat Building during construction. Almost 200 work spaces are relocated from the Secretariat Building to offsite office swing space. Click here for photos

October
The moves to 380 Madison Avenue are complete. More than 1,800 staff are scheduled to stay there during the renovation of the Secretariat Building. The construction of the North Lawn Building is progressing. Click here for photos

September
More than 300 UN staff members move to swing space. Four emergency generators, weighing 108,000 lbs. each, are lifted by one of the largest mobile cranes in the New York Metropolitan area from flatbed trucks to the UN compound.Click here for photos

August
Approximately 1,300 UN staff move out of their offices into swing space. Most of them relocate to 380 Madison Avenue, where eventually more than 1,800 UN employees will be accomodated temporarily.

July
UN staff begins to move out of the Headquarters. By the end of the month, almost all of the 750 staff members scheduled to relocate to the Albano Building are working in their new offices. At the North Lawn Building, installation of the steel skin of the exterior wall begins. Inside the building, ducts for the heating, ventilation and airconditioning system are put in place. Click here for photos

June
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the construction site of the North Lawn Building, where interior partitions already mark the size of the conference rooms. Click here for photos. The fit-out of the Albano Building is being finalized.

May
Outside panels and roof insulation are being installed for the North Lawn Building. In order to secure it during the renovation, the Peace Bell is moved from the Garden Court to the Rose Garden. Click here for photos.The first significant permanent renovation work is begun in the basements of the UN Headquarters.

April
Work progresses on schedule for the North Lawn Building.Click here for photos  The first of the floors leased by the United Nations at 380 Madison Avenue is ready for occupancy at staff are moving in.

March
To protect the construction workers from the elements before steel sidings are installed, the steel frame of the North Lawn Building is wrapped in recyclable plastic sheeting. On the inside, workers apply fireproofing to the steel beams and continue to prepare the building for its future functions. Click here for photos

February
Within two months, construction workers have completed the steel frame of the temporary North Lawn Conference Building.Click here for photos

January
Secretary Ban Ki-Moon visits the construction sites at the Albano Building and at 380 Madison to check on the progress of the work Click here for photos . Meanwhile the fit-out of the swing space at the UNFCU Building has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

2008

 

December
In less than three weeks, workers have erected two floors of the steel frame of the North Lawn Building. Click here for photos. In the basement, temporary storage space is filling up with the stacks of the Dag Hammerskjold Library, while library staff has moved offsite to the Daily News Building. Construction work for the fit-out of the Albano Building and the first of the leased floors at 380 Madison Avenue has begun. The contract for the fit-out of the leased space at the UNFCU Building in Long Island City has been signed.

November
Workers continue to pour concrete for the foundation of the North Lawn Building. Big chunks of Styrofoam protect the foundation before concrete can be poured. Click here for photos. The design for the fit-out of the office swing space at the Albano Building at 305 East 46th Street has been completed. For the fit-out of the leased space in the UNFCU Building, the design work has been finished, and the procurement for construction services is under way.

September / October
Work continues to progress well on the foundation of the North Lawn Building. After a survey of subsurface conditions and pile augering are completed, concrete is poured in order to prepare the foundation for the structure. Click here for photos.

August
In the course of the preparation for the construction of the North Lawn Building, the statues have to be removed from the North Lawn to a storage location in the Rose Garden area (click here for photos). They will be returned after the dismantling of the North Lawn Building at the end of the renovation in 2013.

May
Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, together with senior representatives of the Member States, specials guests from the Host Country, and senior officials of the Organization breaks ground (click here for photos) for the construction of the North Lawn Building, marking the beginning of the renovation of the UN Headquarters under the Capital Master Plan.

March
With the lease of 423,000 square feet in an office building on 380 Madison Avenue for more than 1,800 staff members, the UN has secured leases for the entire swing space it needs in order to renovate Headquarters under the Accelerated Strategy IV. Staff is scheduled to begin moving out of the Headquarters in December 2008.

February
The UN rents 80,000 square feet in the UNFCU Building on Court House Square in Long Island City as office swing space for approximately 300 staff members.

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

December
The General Assembly passes A/RES/62/87, approving the Accelerated Strategy IV.

September
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asks the General Assembly for the approval of an Accelerated Strategy IV with a renovation of the Secretariat and the Conference buildings in one phase, reducing the time for the renovation from seven to five years, but creating the need to find additional office swing space.

July
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints Michael Adlerstein as Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan at the Assistant Secretary-General level

U.N. selects Skanska USA, Inc as Construction Manager for the Pre-Construction Services Phase after a competitive bidding process with three proposals.

The UN leases the Albano Building on 305 46th Street with 187,000 square feet of office swing space for 750 staff members from the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management, who will have to move out of the UN Headquarters during the renovation.

 

 

 

 

2006

December
GA approves budget of $1.876,7 billion and funding mechanism through Member States' assessments

August
Construction Documents Phase begins

June
GA selects Strategy IV, phased approach authorized

April-July
Revised design development for top - down approach

February-March
Complete design development plans

United Nations Capital Master Plan web site launches.








 


 

 

 


2005

 

August
60% design development plans submission by design firms begin (confirms scope, cost and coordination between contracts)

June
General Assembly authorizes the appropriation for next phase of funding ($17.8 million) through A/RES/59/295

 

 

2004


October
Gardiner & Theobald is selected as Program Management consultants

September
Submission of Final Scope Confirmation Report (validating the scope of the project) from design teams begin

January
Design Phase begins

 

 

2003

December
RFP for Program Manager is issued; 10 firms submitted technical proposals; 7 firms passed technical review based on pre-set criteria; 5 firms passed verbal presentation; 2 firms presented BAFO.

February
General Assembly adopts A/RES/57/292 authorizing the Secretary-General to proceed (with remaining phases of) design development and endorses the proposal to negotiate for the construction and lease-purchase of a swing space building by the NYS UNDC (UNDC-5).

Budget for project, based on preliminary estimates set by Turner Construction and validated by Hill International (large New York based construction managers) is set at $953 million, not including swing space costs.

General Assembly appropriates $25.5 million for design development, related project management and related project management costs.

February
Internal review determines selected approach requires multiple design teams. RFP for detailed design plans, construction documents, and construction administration is issued.

75 proposals received (69 responded to EOI; 47 found acceptable, 78 sent RFP by PS, 75 submitted proposals from 36 firms), 34 proposals by 22 firms passed technical review; 34 presentations by 22 firms presentation held, 10 proposals by eight firms totally technically acceptable, six contracts awarded. Six teams selected, each lowest bidder, for six separate contracts: Contract A (Programme Planning), Contract B (Infrastructure, Basements, Garage, North Lawn and UNITAR), Contract C (General Assembly and Conference Buildings), Contract D (Secretariat and South Annex Buildings), Contract E (Dag Hammarskjöld Library) and Contract F (Security)

 

 

2002

August
Secretary-General submits a report (A/57/285) to the General Assembly based on the submission by the RSG 

April-November
RSG submission of Final Preliminary Phase Reports to the UN

 

 

2001

July
RSG begins work with team of 15 sub-consultants


June
Renato Sarno Group (RSG) was the lowest bidder for all potential services and for preliminary phase only

*Note: This was a bid for all the design work through completion and construction. All bids were based on 4 potential service phases: Preliminary, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Bid Support and Construction Administration. Only the Preliminary Phase ($6,229,466.00) was authorized; awarding of other phases remained at UN's option.

February
General Assembly adopts A/RES/238 and authorizes the Secretary-General to proceed with the preparation of comprehensive design plan and detailed cost analysis and to identify all viable alternatives.

February
Request for Proposal (RFPS) goes out for Design Team for Preliminary Phase*:
15 proposals submitted
8 passed technical review based on pre-set criteria; 6 submitted the lowest cost proposals
price/bid range of $77.8 million to $43.1 million

 

 

1999 - 2000

Arup submits the Capital Master Plan Study, providing an Overview Report, Conditions Assessment Report, Recommendations Report for Long Term Tracking and a Budget Report. Total fixed fees per contract - $898,000.

 

 

1998

Ove Arup and Partners (Arup), a multinational engineering firm, was contracted to review the existing conditions, and recommend a program of repairs for the United Nations Headquarters complex