The demolition of 270 Park Avenue is progressing in Midtown East, as new scaffolding and netting have been installed on the exterior of the Modernist-style skyscraper. These join the construction elevator and sidewalk scaffolding that were assembled several months ago on the 1.5-million-square-foot, 52-story tower. JPMorgan Chase is the developer and Foster + Partners Architects is the design firm for the upcoming 57-story supertall that will rise in its place. Adamson Associates is listed as the architect of record.
New photos from above and at street level show the current state of what will be the tallest intentionally demolished structure in history.
The top floors of the southern elevation are beginning to be covered in scaffolding, though it is difficult to see it from street level.
Meanwhile a large diagonally cantilevering steel structure is positioned in the centerline of the lower floors of the southern elevation. This could possibly be used as the base for a crane, but the purpose is still unclear at the moment.
The exterior mechanical hoist is placed on the northern corner of the skyscraper and two wrap-around walkways are mounted at different heights off the edge of the curtain wall.
Most of 270 Park Avenue should be demolished in 2020 and construction on its replacement is expected to begin in early 2021. The future 1,322-foot-tall development will yield a total of 2,439,635 square feet, with 1,871,767 designated for office space. Foster’s design will feature a steel-based structure and will include two sub-cellar levels, a cellar, and seven enclosed parking spaces.
A final rendering and completion date has not been released yet.