By Barbra Murray
The second-tallest office building in New York just topped out. Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group, developers of the $20 billion Hudson Yards mixed-use project on Manhattan’s Far West Side, have placed the final beam on the steel crown atop the 1,296-foot-tall 30 Hudson Yards office tower.
“Today’s topping out is another sign of the progress being made to deliver New York City’s newest neighborhood,” Michael Turner, president of Oxford Properties Group, said in a prepared statement.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the 90-story 30 Hudson will offer 2.6 million square feet of premier office space, the vast majority of which has already been claimed by the likes of WarnerMedia, global investment firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts and Wells Fargo Securities.
In addition to cutting-edge office accommodations and the top spot on the Hudson Yards neighborhood’s skyline, the LEED Gold certified property will boast the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.
To reach the topping out milestone at 30 Hudson, 40,000 pieces of steel and nearly 1.3 million bolts were put in place. The building will open in 2019, and its highly anticipated observation deck, which will hover 1,100 feet above the ground, will debut in 2020.
Related and Oxford continue to work their way through the to-do list at the 28-acre Hudson Yards, which will ultimately encompass 18 million square feet of mixed-use offerings, including office space, residential units, retail, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox Hotel. Earlier this year, Fifteen Hudson Yards, a 285-unit residential condominium tower, topped out, and the 1.8 million-square-foot 10 Hudson Yards office high-rise achieved LEED Platinum status.
At full build-out, Hudson Yards is expected to have a notable impact on New York City, adding roughly $19 billion to the local GDP.
Images courtesy of Related Cos. and Oxford Properties