Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hudson Yards Construction Update: Time-Lapse Video

Construction at the Hudson Yards mega-project is speeding right along, as the Coach Tower is just beginning to ascend. In only fifteen short months, construction at the site has gone from a whole bunch of nothing to a beehive of partially completed structures. And if you're having a difficult time with that concept — or if you just like cool time-lapse videos — then check out this video which shows all the construction from December 2012 to April 2014 condensed into just over a minute.


The Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project is a joint venture by New York City Department of City Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Authority to encourage development on Manhattan's far West Side along the Hudson River in New York City.

The centerpiece of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project is Hudson Yards, a mixed-use real estate development by Related Companies.

According its master plan, created by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the development will consist of 16 skyscrapers containing more than 12,700,000 square feet of new office, residential, and retail space.

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Among its components will be six million square feet of commercial office space, a 750,000-square-foot retail center with two levels of restaurants, cafes, markets and bars, a hotel, a cultural space, about 5,000 residences, a 750-seat public school, and 14 acres of public open space.

Hudson Yards officially broke ground on December 4, 2012 with the first building, the 895-foot tall Coach Tower in the southeast corner of the site, expected to be complete in 2015.

Phase 1:

The eastern phase is to contain two office towers on Tenth Avenue, plus a retail podium between them. The southern tower, the 52-story, 895-foot Coach Tower at 10 Hudson Yards, is expected to open in 2015.

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The building, for which ground was broken on December 4, 2012, was the first of the Hudson Yards buildings to begin construction, because it is not being built over railroad tracks.

It will, however, cantilever over the final phase of the High Line, including the spur to Tenth Avenue. The tower is expected to receive LEED certification.

The second tower, the 80-story, 1,337-foot 30 Hudson Yards, is designed by Kohn Pederson Fox with an observation deck. Caissons are presently being sunk to support a platform over the tracks. Related Companies expect the tower to be completed in 2018.

Bordering on Eleventh Avenue are two mixed-use buildings, 15 Hudson Yards and 35 Hudson Yards, which were previously known as Towers "D" and "E", respectively. 15 Hudson Yards is to be structurally connected to a semi-permanent structure known as Culture Shed.

Phase 2:

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The western phase of the project is to contain up to seven residential towers, an office building tentatively known as "West Tower", and a 750-seat public school.

The third phase construction on the High Line Elevated Park will traverse Phase 2 of the project.

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