Formwork Takes Center Stage During Construction of Brooklyn's Tallest Building

ULMA Form Works' forming, shoring and safety windscreen systems

Brooklyn Point is over 720 ft. tall with 68 stories and will be the highest residential tower in Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn Point is over 720 ft. tall with 68 stories and will be the highest residential tower in Brooklyn, NY.

Designed to be the highest residential tower in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Point is over 720 feet tall with 68 stories and will include the highest infinity pool in the western hemisphere. Along with 458 luxury residences the building sports 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. Brooklyn Point will be the first for sale residential property in Citi Point Brooklyn and be the largest destination in Brooklyn for shopping, food and entertainment.

ULMA Form Works’ dependable service, efficient and steady products, and continued support of the project with engineers on site is the reason ULMA can take part in creating this beautiful building in Brooklyn New York.

ULMA worked directly with the customer to provide comprehensive support for this project, including engineering solutions using ULMA’s formingshoring,and safety windscreen systems. All products had continued project support with engineers on site from beginning to end. 

The beginning of the project consisted of forming tall monolithic columns and walls that were more than 20 feet high. Utilizing ULMA’s 8-foot by 24-foot MEGALITE forming panels a total of 16,000 square feet of formwork was used to form and build both the inside and outside columns/walls of the building.

To support the typical slabs and any other irregular slab geometries ULMA’s adaptable Timber Beam shoring system ENKOFLEX was used. The total shoring used for the 68-story building was an average of 11,000 square feet with typical floor heights of 9 feet 11 inches to 10 feet 11 inches. The quick erection of ENKOFLEX allowed the customer to keep their desired concrete cycle of three days.

A critical part of the building’s design was a transfer level that was 26 feet tall. To support this floor, ULMA’s engineers had to design shoring spans between 13 and 17 feet long. To solve that particular problem ULMA used combinations of MK Walers (heavy-duty steel channels) and ALUPROP towers to support the shoring spans for the 9-inch-thick concrete slab with a shoring height up to 26 feet high.

The columns and walls in the transfer floor were built with MEGALITE gangs and added C6 channels to make increase the gang’s rigidity. In order for the customer to stay on schedule some of the gangs were pre-assembled in ULMA’s yard, delivered to the site, and lifted into place on the same day.

The HWS safety perimeter windscreen was selected by the customer to protect their workers while performing work around the construction jobsite. Thirty-six HWS units where designed to surround the building and cover four and a half building floors. Each HWS unit included walkways for access from the HWS structure to the building itself. To accommodate any construction hoists and crane supports the windscreens where build with a flat design so that the HWS screens could fit between the building edge and crane and hoist.