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270 West 96th Street’s Brick Façade Takes Shape on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Façade installation is progressing on 270 West 96th Street, a 23-story residential building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Fetner Properties, the 235-foot-tall structure will yield 171 rental units with 68 dedicated to affordable housing, and 8,961 square feet of community facility space. Urban Atelier Group is the general contractor for the property, which is located between West End Avenue and Broadway.

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Mandarin Oriental Residences Fifth Avenue Nears Completion at 685 Fifth Avenue, in Midtown, Manhattan 

Exterior work is nearing completion on the Mandarin Oriental Residences Fifth Avenue, a 29-story residential tower at 685 Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Designed by Marin Architects and developed by SHVO in partnership with Deutsche Finance, the more than $300 million project involves the construction of a ten-floor addition above a former commercial building and the residential conversion of 100,000 square feet of its office space, and will yield 69 fully furnished condominium units managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. The Rinaldi Group of New York is the general contractor for the property, which is located between East 53rd and 54th Streets.

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PENN 2’s Cantilever LED Display Begins Testing at Two Penn Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan

Modernization work is shaping up on PENN 2, a 31-story commercial building at Two Penn Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by MdeAS Architects and developed by Vornado Realty Trust, the project involves the replacement of the 412-foot-tall tower’s aging midcentury façade with a lighter glass curtain wall and the full gut renovation of its 1.61 million square feet of office space, as well as the construction of new pocketed corner terraces and a multistory cantilevering volume along Seventh Avenue. GMSLLP is the façade consultant and Turner Construction Company and Skanska are the contractors for the property, which is located between West 31st and West 33rd Streets within the Penn District revitalization master plan.

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