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More Scaffolding is Erected for NYC Tower Demo

Friday, August 9, 2019

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Demolition on the world’s largest building to be deliberately destroyed is marching along as scaffolding has begun to go up around JPMorgan Chase’s 270 Park Avenue high rise in New York City.

New York YIMBY reported that new netting and access has been installed on the exterior of the building, joining the construction elevator that was already assembled.

Some Background

In February 2018, the company announced its intention to demolish the iconic 270 Park Avenue skyscraper, which was designed by Natalie de Blois and Gordon Bunshaft of architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1961.

Equipped with steel ribs, glass panels and black spandrels, 270 Park Avenue also features a two-level lobby that was designed as a workaround for the railroad tracks that ran underneath the structure from Grand Central Station. To create this, columns had to be sunk between the tracks, and the elevator block had to be placed above ground.

Despite undergoing renovations to be brought up to LEED Platinum standards in 2012, the company says that the structure no longer suits the company’s needs, as it is not large enough to house its growing workforce. Currently, 6,000 employees are working in a building intended for 3,500.

The new skyscraper, also slated to be fully LEED-certified, would both provide an additional 1 million square feet of space and room for another 9,000 employees. Construction of the tower would also reportedly create 8,000 construction-related jobs while the structure was being built.

In November, the firm tapped U.K.-based Foster + Partners to serve as developer on the new building.

What Now

Scaffolding has gone up in several places along the 52-story tower, including along top floors of the southern side.

A cantilevering steel structure has also been positioned on the lower floors of the same side, possibly as a future base for a crane. YIMBY also notes that the exterior mechanical hoist is placed on the northern corner of the skyscraper and two wrap-around walkways are mounted at different heights off the edge of the curtain wall.

The building is slated to be demolished in 2020 with work on the replacement to begin in 2021.

The future high-rise is slated to be 1,322 feet tall with 2.4 million square feet. Though the design is said to include a steel-based structure, with two sub-cellar levels, a cellar and several parking options, a final rendering and completion date has not been officially set.


Tagged categories: Access; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Demolition; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Scaffolding

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