Recently developer Tishman Speyer held a dedication ceremony to install the first steel column at the site of 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral. A number of people signed the white-colored steel beam before it was raised into place, marking a major step in the construction process for the upcoming supertall office building. The 2.85-million-square-foot structure is located in Hudson Yards and will be designed by Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Turner Construction Company is the construction manager while Banker Steel is in charge of fabricating the steel for the 65-story tower.
The core walls are now beginning to form and rise above the reinforced concrete foundations.
Recent photos from Thomas Heatherwick’s sculpture show the extent of the progress. A large number of temporary steel bracings and concrete slab moldings are in place. They will help support and form the reinforced concrete walls of the elongated rectangular core. Meanwhile, in the middle of the northern perimeter is a section of the foundation walls nearing completion. Large amounts of rebar can be seen in the background of the photo below. They are being tied up and should receive the concrete pouring soon.
The Spiral will most likely reach street level sometime in the summer and begin its vertical ascent in the second half of the year. Work should move more quickly as construction progresses, thanks to the tiered profile and stepped outdoor terraces that will loop diagonally around all four sides of the tower. The total cost for 66 Hudson Boulevard is estimated to be around $3.7 billion.
Completion of the Spiral is expected sometime around 2022.