Construction Update: The Coach Tower
By: Nikolai Fedak on August 26th 2013 at 8:00 am
Concrete pours are bringing definition to the future Coach Tower, which is the first component of Related’s Hudson Yards development to begin rising. Rebar is visible from all angles, and the first walls for the building’s basement floors can also be seen – though neither are as prominent as the tower’s cranes, the second of which was installed since the last update.
The bottom levels of most developments are the most complex, and the Coach Tower will be no exception. The building will cantilever over The High Line, with a spur of the park serving as one of the tower’s entrances; engineering such a design is incredibly difficult, and so is the associated construction. With two cranes now present, work on the project should begin proceeding rather quickly, but the intricacies of the design will likely delay rapid progress until the building’s base elements are completed.
Coach Tower is the only portion of Related’s Hudson Yards that doesn’t require an elevated platform for construction or urban functionality, which is partially why it’s the only part of the Hudson Yards where work has already begun – Coach’s leasing agreement the other obvious component. Though visible progress is so far restricted to the Coach Tower, a new round of permits for the significantly larger North Tower have also been recently approved; slowly but surely, the entire site is rumbling to life.