A college student from near Carrick-on-Suir worked on the construction of the world’s largest high definition video billboard erected in New York’s famous Times Square.
Eoin Norris from Fenoagh in Carrick-on-Suir’s Co. Waterford hinterland was involved in the prestigious project as part of the industrial work placement he is doing for his BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering course at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Eoin, a past student of Comeragh College in Carrick-on-Suir, worked in New York with Turner Construction, one of the United States’s largest construction firms. The company renovated part of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, a project that included structural alterations to the building’s facade to accommodate the massive screen.
The billboard is 100.5 metres wide and 24 metres tall and spans the entire block from 45th Street to 46th Street on Broadway in the centre of Times Square.
Google have become the first company to rent the billboard, which costs an estimated $2.5 million to hire for 4 weeks.
The project team faced significant technical and logistical challenges, particularly working in the heart of Times Square, where an average 300,000 pedestrians and 115,000 vehicles pass by every day.
Eoin said working with Turner Construction on such a high profile and challenging project had given him great confidence in working on a construction site.
“It was a life changing experience, not only to open my eyes to the construction industry but it has also shown me what real life is like. Working with a large scale company like Turner, has provided me with essential experience that will be most beneficial to my career in the industry and has given me a good foundation to build upon.”
The Construction Management & Engineering programme at WIT has a long-standing relationship with Turner Construction, sending two students to New York City every year on Industrial Placement. These students have worked on a number of iconic projects including the new Yankee Stadium, the renovation of Madison Square Garden, a 40 storey office tower in mid-town Manhattan and the Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum of American Art.