High-Rise at NYC Hudson Yards Reaches Halfway


The high-rise dubbed 50 Hudson Yards, part of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, has reached a construction milestone.

The tower’s reinforced concrete core is now reportedly at the midpoint of its 1,011 feet.

The Progress

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 fire proofing 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 add that Three Hudson Boulevard, a $3 billion office building designed by FXCollaborative, has 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 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 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 and completed in 2018.

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.

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.

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.


Tagged categories: Building envelope; concrete; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Curtain wall extrusions and cladding; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Structural steel

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