Excavation and piling work is starting up for 322-326 Seventh Avenue, aka “28 & 7“, a 12-story class A office building designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill. An excavator is positioned on the northern corner of the Chelsea property along with a pile of stacked hollow metal pilings. Klövern and GDS Development are the developers of the project, while Triton Construction is building the structure.
Photos from the perimeter of the corner lot show the early stages of site work.
The building’s glass-dominated envelope with glazed black terracotta curtain will stand in stark contrast to the Brutalist design of the Fashion of Institute of Technology’s Fred P. Pomerantz Art & Design Center, which sits directly across 28th Street to the south.
Inside will be 105,000 square feet of leasable column-free office space. The distance between the walls and core is up to 40 feet. A 12th floor penthouse with a panoramic garden terrace will cap the edifice. Amenities for the address include ground-floor bicycle storage, executive-style bathrooms on all floors, showers, and a changing room. Skidmore Owings & Merrill and the two developers are aiming for LEED certification.
The site is right next to the 28th Street station with access to the 1 train, while the 2, 3, A, C, E, NJ Transit, and Amtrak trains are all at Pennsylvania Station just up the street to the north. The R and W trains are to the east at 28th Street and Broadway, just south of the B, D, F, M, N , Q and PATH trains at 34th Street-Herald Square.
28 & 7 is slated to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2021.