The curved dome atop 44 Union Square, the former headquarters of Tammany Hall, is structurally completed and the geometric glass panels that enclose the lattice frame are beginning to be installed. The renovation is designed by BKSK Architects and developed by Edifice Real Estate Partners. CNY Group is in charge of construction on the historic, 90-year-old landmarked structure, which is being expanded to 70,348 square feet. Two new floors will be housed beneath the dome and receive abundant natural daylight. Reading International (RDI), who purchased the building eighteen years ago, helped to advance the project thanks a $57.5 million construction loan they secured from Bank of Ozarks and Fisher Brothers.
New photographs highlight the current state of construction.
The frame rises from the fourth floor and is tucked behind the original roof parapet and stone balustrade. The fifth and sixth floors are made from reinforced concrete and are laid out with an elliptical-shaped floor plate under the space frame. Ceiling heights on the fifth floor will range from 12 to 21 feet, while the sixth floor will have a 19-foot ceiling height and rise almost 80 feet above street level. Future tenants will be able to look down at the street and gaze out over Union Square.
Retail will occupy the cellar and first two levels above street level for a total of 27,485 square feet, while the remaining 43,106 square feet is dedicated to open-floor office space.
The landmarked exterior will be restored and refurbished at a later date, once work on the dome is substantially finished.
A completion date for 44 Union Square is likely next year.