Excavation and pilings are progressing for Strata Tower, Bjarke Ingels Group‘s 34-story commercial office skyscraper at 3 West 29th Street in NoMad. Formerly known as 29th & 5th, the project is being developed by HFZ Capital Group and is slated to top out at 551 feet, making it one of the tallest structures in Midtown below the Empire State Building. Pavarini McGovern, LLC is the general contractor for the nearly 300,000-square-foot development.
Photos from through the green construction fence show the piling machines all in use, while multiple excavators throughout the site continue to dig deeper into the earth. All of this activity is happening directly next to the backside of the Marble Collegiate Church and near a number of old low-rise structures.
The photo below is from the parking lot across the street to the south of the property, where a perfectly centered view of the Empire State Building aligns with the construction site.
Strata Tower will also be seen clearly from Fifth Avenue. Based on the pace of excavation, it is conceivable that the superstructure could begin to rise above street level before the end of this year.
Bjarke Ingel’s office tower will certainly transform the southern Midtown skyline and contribute to the growing vertical density of NoMad. This neighborhood is in the midst of a construction boom with several hotels, office towers, and residential buildings nearby under construction or recently completed. We likely won’t see Strata Tower make a substantial impression on the skyline until the latter half of 2021.
The closest transit options are the R and W trains at the 28th Street-Broadway station to the west and the B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W, and PATH trains to the north at Herald Square.
3 West 29th Street is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.