For the second year in a row, T.G. Nickel & Associates hosted students from Mississippi State University’s Building Construction Science Program. Guided by senior project managers, Nickel led the students on a behind-the-scenes look at construction in the Big City!

First, the group toured Nickel’s The Bryant project, a new 33-story, mixed-use building with 57 condominiums perched above a five-star boutique hotel—all just a stone’s throw away from New York City’s iconic Bryant Park. Next up was Essex Crossing Site 2, considered the gateway to one of the most significant urban renewal developments in New York City history. Site 2 is a ground-up, nearly 400,000 square feet development slated to house a 14-screen movie theater, 195 rental apartments and the Market Line, a 150,000 square feet retail destination.

The MSU students saw first-hand some of the unique challenges of building in dense urban areas, walking away with a deeper understanding of the intricacies of construction. “[The Nickel] team gave us a great perspective of what it takes to build in Manhattan”, says the MSU Building Construction Science Class of 2017. “It was a whole new world for us to say the least”.