Success or Failure: A Tale of Two Projects

by Dov Kaminetzky, P.E., (F.ASCE), President; Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, P.C., (FKC) Consulting Engineers, New York, NY,
Benjamin Lavon, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal; Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, P.C., (FKC) Consulting Engineers, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 6, Pg. 62-63

Document Type: Feature article


Twenty city blocks and a ten year period separated two projects of similar purposes, but with completely different endings. The first one, the Delancey Street Project, took place in 1984 in lower Manhattan in New York on Delancey Street, and was followed in 1994 by the Today's Man Project located at Avenue of the Americas and 19th Street. The Delancey Street Project (#1), designed by others, ended in total collapse and the death of the construction superintendent and his assistant. The Today's Man Project (#2), designed by FKC, was a total success resulting in an on-time economical solution to a very difficult structural problem. Presented here is an example of how the lessons derived from failures by others can be used to accomplish successful projects.

Subject Headings: Streets | Failure analysis | Highway and road design | Construction management | Economic factors | New York | United States | New York City

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