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DeMatteis close to completing $137M Brooklyn postal facility.

Leon DeMatteis Construction Corporation has announced it is nearing completion of a state-of-the-art U.S. Postal General Mail Facility in Brooklyn, New York. Headquartered in Elmont, Long Island, Leon DeMatteis Construction Corporation is a subsidiary of The DeMatteis Organizations, one of New York State's oldest and largest construction companies.

The three-year, $137 million project, located on a 32-acre site in the Spring Creek section of Brooklyn, contains a sprawling 695,500 square-foot structure, along with an adjoining 25,600 square-foot vehicle maintenance building and a 27,000 volt electrical substation. The Brooklyn General Mail Facility (G.M.F.) is the newest and most modern of the general mail facilities in the United States and the single largest distribution center on the Eastern seaboard.

In discussing the project, Alfonso DeMatteis, who served as construction supervisor, said it represents state-of-the-art design and construction.

"To build this type of a facility was both exciting and challenging," DeMatteis said. "Not only will it better serve the Post Office's present needs, but it is a model that will alter the way future mail facilities will be designed and constructed."

The Brooklyn G.M.F., which replaces the antiquated seven-story General Post Office in Cadman Plaza, is built on a site that once housed a landfill. "Before we could even begin our initial phase of construction, we had to remove more than 40,000 used tires that had been dumped there," DeMatteis said.

Because there was an abundance of land, the architects were able to design a horizontal system to replace the old multi-story design. "This," DeMatteis said, "allowed us to construct a building that would maximize the efficiency of a standard conveyor belt system, making the movement of mail faster and more efficient."

The main features of the Brooklyn G.M.F. include $16 million worth of high-tech equipment for sorting and moving mail, all controlled by a bank of personal computers. This unique capability, coupled with a fiber optics information and communication system (the first installed in a U.S. Postal operation) will give the Brooklyn G.M.F. the distinction of being the first of its kind to process 40 trays of mail per minute.

Additional features include 57 separate loading docks and an employee cafeteria that seats 1,500. An on-site public bus stop for three different bus routes and parking for 1,000 cars will handle the 5,000 employees who will work in three, eight-hour shifts.

The U.S. Postal Service is in the process of testing the equipment. Once initial testing is completed, the building is scheduled to officially open in early May.
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Date:May 6, 1992
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