Conversion of the iconic Marcel Breuer designed Pirelli Tire Co. structure on Long Wharf to a hotel is on schedule, one of many building projects progressing in New Haven. Bruce Becker, whose last foray into the city was the 36-floor 360 State Street apartment complex, said workers have been abating the asbestos insulation on the steel within the building since February and should be finished with this phase by August. He said the original design in 1968 was meant to signal the prominence of New Haven, to put New Haven on the map as a modern city. Becker said he feels the building will make a better hotel than when it served as the headquarters of the Armstrong Rubber Company, before it was bought by the Italian tire company, Pirelli. Becker estimated that it should be ready for patrons next summer. “Hopefully the timing is good,” he said, given that the hospitality industry has been a sector hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.