Architecture

Closings Underway for SHoP Architects’ 111 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

Closings have begun for the 46 condominium units within the main tower of 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428-foot residential supertall in Midtown. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS DevelopmentProperty Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners, the 84-story edifice stands as the world’s most slender building. Studio Sofield is the interior designer and The Corcoran Group is leading sales and marketing for the residences, which also include 14 homes within the restored Steinway Hall building in the podium. WSP is the structural engineer, RWDI consulted with the design of the 800-ton tuned mass damper, Jaros, Baum & Bolles is the MEP engineer, R&R Scaffolding Ltd. provided the building maintenance unit (BMU) sitting atop the crown, and BuroHappold Engineering is the façade consultant for the project, which is located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on Billionaires’ Row.

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Demolition Begins for Rolex Headquarters at 665 Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan

Demolition has begun on 665 Fifth Avenue, where Rolex is replacing its former 12-story International Style headquarters with a modern 21-story tower in Midtown. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects and developed by Rolex Realty Company LLC, the new building will feature office space and retail frontage. Howard I. Shapiro & Associates filed permits last summer for the project, which is located on an 11,050-square-foot parcel at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 53rd Street.

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The XI Prepares to Resume Construction at 76 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan

Construction is set to resume on The XI, with a revised completion date of “Winter 2024” posted for the stalled two-tower mixed-use project at 76 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by 76 Eleventh Avenue Property Owner LLC, the twisting 26- and 36-story structures have stood topped out and unfinished since late 2019, when reports of trouble began to surface about the former developer, HFZ Capital Group. In late 2021, Steve Witkoff purchased the property in a foreclosure sale for $900 million and partnered with Access Industries and Monroe Capital, and it now appears that the project is back on track, with an updated board at the property listing Suffolk Construction Corporation as the new general contractor, replacing Omnibuild. The full-block site is located adjacent to the High Line and is bound by Tenth Avenue to the east, West Street to the west, West 17th Street to the south, and West 18th Street to the north.

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125 West End Avenue’s New Curtain Wall Nears Completion on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Façade work is nearing completion on 125 West End Avenue, an eight-story building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Designed by Taconic Partners, Jason Baum & Bolles (JB&B), and Perkins+Will, the project involves the re-cladding and interior renovation of the 400,000-square-foot structure into a life sciences and research laboratory. The 3.4-acre complex was originally constructed as an automotive facility for the Chrysler Motor Company and was later occupied by Walt Disney/ABC broadcasting company, but had sat vacant since early 2021. Taconic and Nuveen Real Estate purchased the building for $230 million in late 2019, and CBRE is in charge of marketing and leasing the commercial space. JRM Construction Management, LLC is the general contractor for the project, which sits at the corner of West 66th Street and West End Avenue, a very short walk from Riverside Park South.

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YIMBY’s 2022 Construction Report Reveals 45,019 New Residential and Hotel Unit Filings in New York City

After significant delays caused by the DOB’s abrupt shift to “Build Now” which temporarily left the Five Boroughs without a functional Department of Buildings Website in March of 2021, YIMBY’s 2022 construction report is in, and the results are positively encouraging. The annual report tracks and analyzes permits filed for new buildings in New York City over the course of the year 2021. The data shows that in 2021, builders throughout the city filed permits for 2,017 structures, ranging from single-car garages to towering skyscrapers. The figure represents a 14-percent increase compared to the 2020 total of 1,774 permits. The 2021 filings will boost the city’s built stock by 53,344,472 million square feet and yield a combined total of 45,019 residential and hotel units. The full report is available with a subscription to YIMBY’s Building Wire service.

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