The Spiral’s First Steel Column Dedicated at 66 Hudson Boulevard, in Hudson Yards

Night rendering of the New York City skyline featuring 66 Hudson Boulevard. Credit: BIG/Tishman Speyer.Night rendering of the New York City skyline featuring 66 Hudson Boulevard. Credit: BIG/Tishman Speyer.

Recently developer Tishman Speyer held a dedication ceremony to install the first steel column at the site of 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral. A number of people signed the white-colored steel beam before it was raised into place, marking a major step in the construction process for the upcoming supertall office building. The 2.85-million-square-foot structure is located in Hudson Yards and will be designed by Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Turner Construction Company is the construction manager while Banker Steel is in charge of fabricating the steel for the 65-story tower.

The core walls are now beginning to form and rise above the reinforced concrete foundations.

The site of The Spiral seen from Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Norman Foster’s office tower at 50 Hudson Yards, which recently reached street level, is seen in the foreground. Photo by Michael Young

The first piece of steel going in place. Seen on Turner Construction Company’s Instagram story.

Recent photos from Thomas Heatherwick’s sculpture show the extent of the progress. A large number of temporary steel bracings and concrete slab moldings are in place. They will help support and form the reinforced concrete walls of the elongated rectangular core. Meanwhile, in the middle of the northern perimeter is a section of the foundation walls nearing completion. Large amounts of rebar can be seen in the background of the photo below. They are being tied up and should receive the concrete pouring soon.

The steel bracings and slab moldings for the core walls are going up. The last section of the northern foundation wall in the background is being formed. Photo by Michael Young

The western end of the core walls. Photo by Michael Young

The central section of the core being assembled. Photo by Michael Young

The Spiral will most likely reach street level sometime in the summer and begin its vertical ascent in the second half of the year. Work should move more quickly as construction progresses, thanks to the tiered profile and stepped outdoor terraces that will loop diagonally around all four sides of the tower. The total cost for 66 Hudson Boulevard is estimated to be around $3.7 billion.

Rendering of 66 Hudson Boulevard. Credit: BIG/Tishman Speyer.

Completion of the Spiral is expected sometime around 2022.

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14 Comments on "The Spiral’s First Steel Column Dedicated at 66 Hudson Boulevard, in Hudson Yards"

  1. YAWNNNNNN……Another 1,000’ foot box. If I’m not mistaken, isn’t this the parcel of land that was marketed with the Hudson Spire? If so, truly a waste of space. Especially with the history behind the developer for the Spire who originally won the right to develop the site which hosts Hudson Yards, but eventually lost out. By building a megatall, it was the perfect way to really loom large over Hudson Yards and their current developers.

    • We won’t builging megatall because no building in United States should be taller than Freedom Tower, 1368′ to the roof, 1776′ to the architectural end of spire and 1792′ to the pinnacle of her antenna. That’s it. Major tallest one we see not exceed 1,600′ to their rooftop, but never pinnacle goes over 1776′, the number what’s represent the year of Birth for Our Nation!!!

  2. A dum looking too big building pretending to be ‘green”. what a lucky architect who gets lauded for designing a building

    masquerading as environmental. The site should of been a park to off set the millions of square feet eaten up by the

    dubia style money pit to the south,(Hudson yards).

  3. The lit up “spiral” is going to make a great addition to the skyline. The terrace on every floor also makes this building unique for tenants and non-tenants alike. Look forward to seeing this built, thanks for the pics!

  4. Hubristic silliness. I guarantee that in a few years few of those trees will remain alive or looking attractive. To keep the conceit of the “green spiral” going, there will be a constant need to replace the plantings – until they stop, and then the whole thing will look forlorn and depressing like so much of the modern architecture that gets built in this city.

  5. According to that first render, it’s the only building in Hudson Yards.

  6. Of course the spiral should have been a downhill ski slope instead, allowing visitors to buy a day pass and enjoy the slope while taking in views of the city. In the summer it could be used as a hiking trail, which would also be pretty cool. These BS “green” steps are just a cheap gimmick

  7. Bjarke Ingels is an inspiration! How much can you do in New York with the limitations?

  8. i love the garden terraces…

  9. Yuck. Silly and awkward looking. Actually the words silly and awkward aren’t strong enough to describe this hulking POS.

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