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Hudson Yards Tower Finished with Powder Coatings

Thursday, July 23, 2020

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Earlier this week, PPG revealed that its powder coatings were used on one of the high-rises in New York City’s Hudson Yards project. According to the company, the skyscraper was one of the first in the United States to be finished with powder coatings.

The 51-story structure, dubbed 55 Hudson Yards, was reportedly completed in 2018.

Hudson Yards Project

The 28-acre site on Manhattan’s West Side is billed as the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and NYC’s largest development since Rockefeller Center.

The $25 billion project’s Eastern Yard includes four office buildings: the 1.8 million-square-foot, 895-foot-tall 10 Hudson Yards, which opened in 2016; the 1,296-feet-tall 30 Hudson Yards, which will be home to the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere (about 100 feet higher than the one on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building) set to open this year; 50 Hudson Yards, which will take up a city block when it opens in 2022; and the 1.3 million-square-foot 55 Hudson Yards, located next to the High Line elevated park.

The two residential towers include 15 Hudson Yards, which offers a mix of affordable and market-rate rentals, and 35 Hudson Yards, a mixed-use condominium high-rise. Both opened last year.

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Earlier this week, PPG revealed that its powder coatings were used on one of the high-rises in New York City’s Hudson Yards project. According to the company, the skyscraper was one of the first in the United States to be finished with powder coatings.

The Shed, a 200,000-square-foot cultural center, as well as the Shops and Restaurants at 20 Hudson Yards and the Thomas Heatherwick-designed interactive, climbable sculpture called the Vessel, all opened last year, as well.

Most recently, officials announced that 50 Hudson Yards’ reinforced concrete core reached the midpoint of its 1,011 feet.

50 Hudson Yards, which is designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by Oxford Properties and Mitsui Fudosan, is slated to be the largest structure by volume for the project and will eventually reach 2.9 million square feet.

The concrete core, along with the steel superstructure and subsequent fireproofing, are all progressing, according to reports.

The finished curtain wall is also coming into view, with the first strip of glass and stone paneling (combined with streaks of marble in the gray slabs) recently installed above the ground floor.

In addition to the ascension of 50 Hudson Yards, recent reports also added that Three Hudson Boulevard, a $3 billion office building designed by FXCollaborative, reached street level.

That development is slated to rise around 940 feet and yield about 1.86 million square feet, with column-free floor plates.

The development sits on top of a Long Island Railroad yard, and the maneuvering of materials for construction has been a noted challenge.

In addition to logistical challenges, legal battles have arisen out of the man-power-heavy project as well, though Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York did announce a deal at the beginning of last year.

When complete, the site will include 16 towers total, in addition to The Shed and Vessel. About half of the complex is complete, with the rest slated to be open by 2025.

The Coatings

In an emailed press release, PPG said that it coated 55 Hudson’s metal curtainwall and window frames in its Coraflon powder coatings in the color Black Flower, which was selected by firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.

The color was reportedly picked to “mimic the classic cast-iron facades of neighboring SoHo and commemorate the industrial heritage of the building’s Meatpacking District setting.”

Spectrum Metal Coatings (Youngstown, Ohio) factory applied the 20,000 pounds of coatings, which are reportedly based on a fluoroethylene vinyl ether resin. PPG notes that Coraflon can be used as a one-coat paint system or a two-coat system with a primer to achieve the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2605 standard for weathering performance.


Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; NA; North America; Powder Coatings; PPG

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (7/23/2020, 7:41 AM)

With the pandemic demonstrating that most office workers can be productive working from home, one wonders how useful office mega-buildings will be in the near future. I expect as leases end, many companies will opt to lease much smaller spaces, focus on meeting spaces instead of cubes and plan to only have most office workers come in occasionally. Will 50 Hudson Yards be filled after it's completed in 2022?

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