YIMBY attended a topping-out celebration yesterday afternoon at Olympia, a 26-story mixed-use residential edifice at 30 Front Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Developed by Fortis Property Group and designed by Hill West Architects with Workstead handling interiors, the 401-foot-tall tower is the tallest structure in the neighborhood and will yield 76 condominium units with sales and marketing led by Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes of the Eklund Gomes Team at Douglas Elliman and Karen Heyman at Sotheby’s. Olympia is situated on a relatively narrow triangular plot bound by Front Street to the north, Washington Street to the east, and York Street to the south. Urban Atelier Group is managing construction, Manhattan Concrete is creating the reinforced concrete superstructure, and King Contacting Group is in charge of the CMU work, exterior insulation finish systems, and roofing.
Construction progressed steadily since our last update in May, when the superstructure had just passed the halfway point and the first of the dark gray façade panels and floor-to-ceiling windows had just begun installation. Now, the exterior panels are rapidly rising and enclosing Olympia’s perimeter as the upper floors finish settling with the aid of temporary supports.
Among Olympia’s biggest selling points are its direct, unimpeded views of the Financial District and the entire span of the Brooklyn Bridge. Despite the clouds, the panoramic view stretching from Downtown Brooklyn to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Midtown Manhattan was spectacular, and the setting sun behind the iconic skyline is sure to be a treat for residents.
Though the concrete superstructure is now complete, the building has yet to reach its final height. The tower will eventually be capped by a sloped crown, completing the elegant curved outline of the slim western elevation facing the East River and Lower Manhattan. This can be seen in the rendering below, along with the set of outdoor terraces facing west. Olympia will feature 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, although a complete list has yet to be disclosed.
Olympia will be finished by next summer.