Work is getting close to topping out at 323 East 61st Street, a six-story structure on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Memorial Sloan Kettering is set to lease the entire building, which will stand 74 feet tall and yield 61,740 square feet, of which 49,750 square feet will be dedicated to community facilities. The project is designed by Daniel Goldner Architects and developed by LaSalle Investment Management and William Macklowe Company.
Photos show the western half of the reinforced concrete edifice nearing the pinnacle, while the eastern half has some catching up to do. Formwork and temporary supports hold up the floor slabs and walls of the superstructure.
323 East 61st Street will match the overall height of the nearby and abutting buildings, and have a glass curtain wall on the main southern elevation that faces East 61st Street. The renderings show the glass panels finished with what looks like a lightly etched pattern of thin frosted lines, creating a layer of visual privacy while still allowing abundant natural daylight exposure. Installation of the curtain wall has yet to commence, and will likely not begin until the concrete structure is fully formed.
The Lexington Avenue-59th Street subway station is a short walk from the site with access to the 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, and W trains. Also nearby is the tram to Roosevelt Island, where a large number of Memorial Sloan Kettering employees live.
323 East 61st Street is slated for completion this summer as stated on the construction fence, but sometime closer to the end of the year is more likely.