Architecture

Columbia University’s Two-Building Expansion Nears Completion in Manhattanville, Manhattan

Construction is wrapping up on Columbia University‘s new two-building expansion on its Skidmore Owings & Merrill-planned Manhattanville campus. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative, the Henry R. Kravis Building and the East Building, formerly known as the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation, will yield a combined total of 450,000 square feet of classrooms, faculty offices, and lounge areas. Separating the two structures will be a landscaped public plaza and green space designed by James Corner Field Operations. The project site is bound by West 130th Street to the south, West 131st street to the north, the elevated Riverside Drive highway to the west, and Broadway to the east.

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Foundation Work Underway for Columbia University Tower at 600 West 125th Street in Manhattanville, Manhattan

Excavation and foundation work are underway at 600 West 125th Street, the site of a 34-story tower on Columbia University‘s Manhattanville campus. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with CetraRuddy Architecture as the executive architect and developed by the Trustees of Columbia University, the 391-foot-tall building will yield 175,000 square feet with 141,565 square feet of community facility space, 5,000 square feet of commercial space, and 142 residences for graduate students and faculty members. The property was once home to a McDonald’s and is located at West 125th Street and Broadway, directly across from The Forum and Wallach Art Gallery, also designed by Renzo Piano. LERA is the structural engineer for the project.

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660 Fifth Avenue’s New Glass Curtain Wall Rises in Midtown, Manhattan

The new glass curtain wall has begun installation on 660 Fifth Avenue, a 39-story commercial building in Midtown, Manhattan. Formerly addressed as 666 Fifth Avenue, the office tower is in the process of having its mid-century façade replaced with a modern envelope in a project designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Brookfield Properties. The 1.5-million-square-foot property is located between West 52nd and 53rd Streets.

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Taystee Lab Building Nears Completion at 450 West 126th Street in Manhattanville, Manhattan

Exterior work is wrapping up on the Taystee Lab Building, an 11-story mixed-use project at 450 West 126th Street in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem. Designed by LEVENBETTS and SLCE and developed by Janus Property Group, the 350,000-square-foot building will yield Class A office space as well as lab facilities and additional space for organizations devoted to life sciences, technology, academic and non-profit programs, retail, and the arts. The complex gets its name from the Taystee Cake Bakery Factory that once stood on the plot. BR+A Consulting Engineers constructed the rectangular reinforced concrete structure and LendLease served as the construction manager for the edifice. 450 West 126th Street is located between Amsterdam Avenue to the west and Morningside Avenue to the east.

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Central Park Tower Reaches Final Stages of Construction in Midtown, Manhattan

Central Park Tower‘s exterior work has reached the finishing stages as construction nears completion on the 1,550-foot Billionaires’ Row supertall in Midtown, Manhattan. Addressed as 217 West 57th Street, the soaring 131-story skyscraper is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell and holds the crown as the tallest structure by roof height in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest residential building in the world. Corcoran Sunshine and Extell Marketing Group are leading sales for its 179 units and are anticipating a $4 billion sellout. The property rises between West 57th and West 58th Streets and includes Nordstrom retail frontage along Broadway.

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