As the Downtown Brooklyn development boom enters its second decade, the most notable projects that have risen into the borough’s skyline have all been residential, like 388 Bridge Street, the AVA Willoughby, and 333 Schermerhorn Street, each of which temporarily took the title of Brooklyn’s tallest. While developers continue their race upwards, there has also been a proliferation of somewhat less obvious infill, like 620 Fulton Street, aka the Hotel Workers Healthcare Center and Office Building, which is now complete, per the latest from Tectonic.
Building applications for the site were filed in September of 2014, and YIMBY revealed the project only a few weeks later. By July of 2016, the structure had topped-out, and one year ago, facade installation had already begun.
620 Fulton Street stands 12 floors and 177 feet to its rooftop. Within that, there is a 65,000 square-foot health center for the Union’s workers, 70,000 square feet of office space, and 20,000 square feet of retail space at the base of the project.
Francis Cauffman is the architect, and the finished product has turned out even nicer than the renderings, which is a rarity for new development in New York City. The glassy exterior is broken up by layers of fins, and a lighter color interspersed in three sections. The resulting appearance is dynamic and greatly enhances the streetscape, while also proving that glassy buildings need not be completely monotonous.
Some fencing is still up around the base of the site, but the building is essentially complete, and appears to be open.