Construction Update: 217 West 57th Street

217 West 57th Street217 West 57th Street, photo by ILNY

After over a year of waiting, the excavation process is finally winding down at Extell’s 217 West 57th Street, site of the future Nordstrom Tower. The enormous pit is nearly complete, and rebar is already being transported downwards, though it will take several more months before the Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill-designed skyscraper begins protruding above street level.

Across the street, the same kind of work is underway at 220 Central Park South, and the towers should race eachother towards the sky — and while 220 CPS is likely to take the lead initially, it will be the 1,775-foot 217 West 57th Street that ultimately crowns the Midtown skyline. Work on Extell’s project will take longer and be more complicated due to the project’s mixed-use format, which will include Nordstrom’s Manhattan flagship, a hotel, and condominiums on the upper floors.

Even without the spire on top, the structure’s roof will stand just shy of the 1,500-foot mark, topping all other buildings in the Western Hemisphere.

217 West 57th Street

217 West 57th Street, photo by ILNY

Minor concrete pouring already appears to be underway, and it seems that the first doorframe for Nordstrom’s future Manhattan home has already been completed. The tower’s rise will be slow and steady, and while the first baby steps are already evident, opening day is not expected until 2018.

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