The construction of the new Winthrop University-Hospital Diabetes Research Center is “relatively close to schedule,” according to Mineola Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen.
During the Oct. 2 meeting of the village board at the village hall, Whalen said that crews would begin installing steel on first floor on that very same day and that while the 100-ft. crane that had been at the property previously would be taken down, a new crane would arrive at the site on Oct. 28 and be positioned at various locations around the site on the ensuing 14 weeks.
The schedule for the locations at which crane would be placed are as follows: the southwest corner for one week; the northeast corner of Mineola Boulevard for one week; the southeast corner on Second Street near Mineola Boulevard for six weeks; the southwest corner where it originally started for six weeks.
The primary function of the crane would be to install wall panels on the building.
“There is no other way to do this because we can’t get anything in there that will reach far enough to hit all four corners of the building,” Whalen said.
Workers would be able to continue to operate inside the building during the winter months once it is enclosed using space heaters and other equipment.
Whalen said that changes to the traffic patterns in the area have been arranged with Nassau County Police for then the crane arrives and is being moved on the public streets. Much of the movement would be made during the non-peak, early a.m. hours.