The 18,000 seat Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, is an impressive addition to Brooklyn and the centerpiece of the Atlantic Yards development, a large mixed-use transit oriented development over the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Yards. As if working over an active rail yard were not difficult enough, the Atlantic Yards development site is located between two of Brooklyn’s busiest roadways and over nine subway lines, all of which had to remain operational during construction. The creativity of our team came into play as each challenge was met.
Our contribution to the project allowed for the arena to be built, through massive infrastructure design, including: a new subway entrance that provides access to seven NYCT subway lines and the LIRR; a new Carlton Avenue bridge over the LIRR rail yard; an LIRR car shop; site work around the arena, involving security bollards, lighting, roadway and sidewalk geometrics, and landscaping; parking lots; and park improvements. We also designed a new rail tunnel to improve rail operations into and out of the rail yard. When all was said and done, the infrastructure improvements far exceeded the expectations of owners.