Demolition is making steady progress at 550 Washington Street in Hudson Square, the site of Google’s newest 1.3-million-square-foot building. Workers continue to dismantle part of the steel superstructure of St. John’s Terminal, which directly overlooks the Hudson River. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the new facility will join two other nearby buildings at 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street to form a 1.7-million-square-foot “Googleplex.”
Photos show the white crane above 550 Washington Street fully assembled. Demolition should be fairly straightforward, since the entire terminal consists of a repetitive grid of steel columns, beams, and girders.
550 Washington Street will rise to a modest height above West Street, providing office tenants wide views of the Hudson River and the Jersey City skyline. The massing appears to be fairly simple with a glass curtain wall covering the entire northern elevation. The eastern and western walls appear to incorporate a mix of brick and steel on the lower podium floors, followed by a landscaped setback and industrial windows climbing toward a landscaped roof terrace.
The closest subways are the 1 train at the Houston Street Station at the corner of Houston Street and Varick Street, and the C and E trains at the corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue. The Holland Tunnel is only a few blocks to the south of the three-building complex.
315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street are planning to open in 2020, while 550 Washington Street is slated to finish in May 2022, as indicated on the construction fence.