With several more floors left to add, Jersey City’s 99 Hudson Street is almost at its final pinnacle 900 feet above street level. While the crown remains to be completed, it has now officially surpassed 30 Hudson Street, the 781-foot home of Goldman Sachs two blocks to the south, which has held the title of the tallest skyscraper in New Jersey since its completion in 2004.
The 79-story project is designed by Perkins Eastman Architects and is being developed by China Overseas America. DeSimone Consulting Engineers is the structural engineer, while Plaza Construction is the main contractor. Both groups are also simultaneously working on 125 Greenwich Street in Manhattan, which is another residential skyscraper going up just as quickly across the Hudson River.
Seen in the photo above, the facade is now beginning to change its outer look as the building climbs higher into the sky. The vertical lines and width of the Jura limestone cladding begins to thin out to make room for wider panels of glass. This subtle change makes the upper section of the building’s facade appear to transition from thick columns of limestone to a clear and almost transparent glass top, which will form the crown and upper mechanical floors when complete.
The location and massing of 99 Hudson Street has two benefits in the overall experience of the building and the surrounding urban environment. The first is that the project is extremely close to the waterfront, making morning commutes to the nearby light rail and PATH station at Exchange Place simple, and also offering the option of the ferry, which is just as accessible by walking five minutes south. The second is the building’s overall shape and volume. Since the ends of the tower symmetrically flare outwards away from the waterfront, this allows residents facing the New York skyline to enjoy nearly panoramic views, which is also why the units with outdoor balconies and terraces are located on this side.
99 Hudson’s facade, designed by Vidaris, Inc., is also rising and being installed at a fast pace on all sides. It is a mixture of vertical glass ribbons and light colored Jura limestone panels from the multi story atrium to the crown of the building which will illuminate at night. 781 units will sit inside, with some including private balconies that either face directly towards Midtown Manhattan or New York Harbor. Of course, most of the windows are dedicated to the views of Manhattan, something unmatched in Jersey City at such a great and unprecedented height.
The penthouse on the 75th floor will have the highest view in Jersey City looking at New York, but floor plans and pricing have yet to be revealed. Apartments will start in the $770,000’s for a one-bedroom to $1.5 million for a two-bedroom.
The project is set to top off before the end of the year, and completion of its entirety is more than likely before the end of 2019.