Construction Update: Coach Tower

The Hudson Yards - Coach TowerThe Hudson Yards - Coach Tower

Construction on Related’s Hudson Yards is speeding right along, as the Coach Tower is just about ready to ascend into visible range. The office building’s foundation is creeping above ground level, and now stands level with The High Line. More work is visible from Eleventh Avenue, which offers a window into the below-ground happenings of the enormous site.

Eventually the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed Coach Tower will rise 895 feet and 52 floors, and the building will contain 1.7 million square feet of space; in terms of volume that is not enormous, but it will still be one of the larger office towers to rise in New York in the past ten years, surpassed only by the towers of the World Trade Center and One Bryant Park. In this regard, the entire Hudson Yards development is significant because it represents the creation of a whole new central business district, given its removal from the traditional prime avenues of Midtown.

Besides work on the Coach Tower’s superstructure, demolition has also begun on old ancillary buildings on the railyard site, paving the way for future construction of the Hudson Yards’ North Tower, along with the enormous retail complex that will connect the two office towers. The North Tower, which Time Warner has tentatively committed to lease, will sit on the northeastern corner of the site, with the retail podium filling the gap between the two towers; its scale is hard to imagine, but once built, the complex will transform the far West Side with over 750,000 square feet of shopping space, in addition to the two office buildings. Work will also soon begin on the Equinox and DSR towers, both of which will also be taller than Coach’s building.

The Coach Tower is scheduled to open in 2015.

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