The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced the selection of seven contractors to install nine new boiler plants, serving 11 developments and 24,000 residents citywide. In total, the contracts represent almost $300 million in capital investment: $200 million in city funds and $100 million in federal capital funds.
Framan Mechanical; WDF; C.D.E. Air Conditioning Co.; Navillus Inc.; Kordun Construction Corp.; Richards Plumbing & Heating; and Rocon Plumbing & Heating Corp. were selected to replace aging boilers at developments where residents have faced regular heat service interruptions.
“Mayor de Blasio’s ongoing investment in NYCHA’s infrastructure is critical to meeting the day-to-day needs of residents and ensuring the long-term reliability of public housing,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia. “These enhancements are just one of many major changes already underway to improve the quality of life for our residents.”
“Our dedicated staff continues to reduce the amount of time our residents experience heat service interruptions in the face of decades of disinvestment into our heating systems,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “New boiler plants at some of our most impacted developments will be a gamechanger, and we thank Mayor de Blasio for his administration’s dedication to improving NYCHA residents’ quality of life.”
Construction on the boiler plants will begin at all sites in 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by 2022. The new boiler plants are one component of a broader effort to improve and upgrade heating systems at NYCHA developments. These improvements include decoupling of the heat and hot water systems, which decreases strain on the boilers, reduces the chance that residents lose heat and hot water services at the same time, and allows staff to repair one system without affecting the other system.
The new boiler plants will be installed at:
Ahead of the current heating season, NYCHA overhauled its strategy to reduce outages and restore heating faster, which included:
NYCHA will allocate nearly $1 billion over the next five years to replace 314 boilers, improving heat and hot water services for nearly 158,000 residents.
In total, the de Blasio Administration has invested $4.4 billion in the future of NYCHA. The City committed $2.2 billion over the next ten years as part of its agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address repairs and capital needs. Mayor de Blasio also previously dedicated an unprecedented $2.2 billion to construct new roofs and heating plants, repair brick facades, enhance security, replace elevators, and make other repairs at the Authority.