270 Park Avenue
270 Park Avenue Continues Skyward
General contractor, Tishman Construction, and steel erector, NYC Constructors, are still hard at work, assembling the steel superstructure of 270 Park Avenue in East Midtown. The colossal, 70-story supertall, is being developed in-house by multinational investment bank, , to house its new corporate headquarters.
Although the superstructure has been a work in progress for going on 2-years now, the foot tall building is so large that the team hasn't even started to erect the third tier of floors yet. Granted, having likely surpassed the halfway point already, progress is still moving along at a high rate of speed, and we should start to see the tower rise faster as the build moves higher. As the building continues to ascend, facade work has also been ongoing closer to street level, giving us an early teaser in the flesh of the tower's sleek curtainwall and dark metal cladding.
Designed by , 270 Park will total over 2.5 million square feet and contain office space for approximately 15,000 employees. Coming as a significant upgrade, the tower is being constructed as a replacement for the 707-foot-tall, Union Carbide Building (now demolished), which housed the company's previous head office, and only 3,500 people.
But the tower hasn't just been designed with size in mind. The team also envisions the project as being the next poster child for sustainable buildings. According to Foster + Partners, "270 Park will be New York City’s largest all-electric skyscraper with net-zero operational emissions and will be 100% powered by renewable energy sourced from a New York State hydroelectric plant."
The building will also boast a number of cutting-edge features and systems that will contribute to its net-zero goal. Included in the list are outdoor terraces with natural green space, intelligent sensors and AI to respond and adapt to energy demands, water reuse systems that will reduce water usage by more than 40%, and automatic solar shades that are integrated with the HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption.
Taking up a full city block, the sheer scale of the project never ceases to amaze us, even after our fourth trip to the project site. With its larger-than-life appearance, 270 Park Avenue will undoubtedly dominate the East Midtown skyline when construction wraps up in 2025.