One Seaport’s Glass Curtain Steadily Rising in the Financial District

One Seaport. Photo by Michael Young

The 29th building in YIMBY’s construction countdown is One Seaport, aka 161 Maiden Lane. The reflective glass envelope is steadily climbing up the topped-out Financial District skyscraper. The 200,000-square-foot, 60-story, reinforced concrete tower is designed by Hill West Architects and being developed by Fortis Property Group LLC. Ray Builders is the current contractor for the project, while Groves & Co is serving as the interior designer. Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is handling sales of the units.

Photos from Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights show the state of progress on the edifice. One Seaport is located to the south of the South Street Seaport District and is a short walk from the SHoP Architects-designed Pier 17.

One Seaport. Photo by Michael Young

One Seaport. Photo by Michael Young

One Seaport has had quite a rollercoaster of mixed news in 2019. YIMBY was one of several news media sources that reported on the series of legal disputes between the former contractor, Pizzarotti LLC, and the developer concerning the structural integrity of the foundations, along with allegations citing cost-cutting measures from Pizzarotti and poor building practices from Fortis. There was also the reveal that One Seaport is leaning three inches to the north, though too small to notice with the naked eye. It was later determined and assured that this was not a cause for structural concern. Work has since resumed with the current contractor. Read the past article for more details here.

Installation of the glass panels that cover the open floor plates in the superstructure is currently ongoing, then the rest of the glass cladding for the blank concrete walls will proceed. The northern elevation where the exterior mechanical hoist is located remains bare but will feature the same external curtain wall appearance as the other three elevations.

The closest subways are the 2 and 3 trains at the Wall Street station and the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, and Z trains at the Fulton Street station.

An updated completion date for One Seaport has not been announced.

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7 Comments on "One Seaport’s Glass Curtain Steadily Rising in the Financial District"

  1. Better a Lean than a Lien.

  2. Leaning Tower of Seaport

    • I would not want to live in one of the skinniest buildings of New York that didn’t even stand straight. NYC does occasionally get small Earthquakes, and often gets hurricanes. What then? And what will happen in 10, 20 or more years?

  3. Leaning 3″ due to construction error (bad) or ongoing settling (worse)?

    • Sorry, missed the link to the past story. The answer seems to be both, I guess? Improper foundation construction caused settling issues *and* slabs above were poured out of alignment. Just like with Millennium Tower in SF, they didn’t use piles on reclaimed land where they should…

  4. Thanks to Michael Young: I miss you on part of development, I would beg you to understand me. I doing work and had controlled by its time; but I don’t throw out of your progress and construction to have followed on me: Thank you.

  5. David in Bushwick | December 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm | Reply

    Probably these units will be purchased for tax and/or residency purposes so maybe their future worth doesn’t matter as much.
    Whoever decided a very small footprint with a very heavy building above should sit on landfill mush rather than piles down to bedrock, may live to regret it. The Millennium Tower’s similar situation in San Francisco should have been a very clear warning sign.

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