Construction is getting close to topping out at One University Plaza, a 34-story mixed-use structure at 61 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by Perkins Eastman and developed by RXR Realty, the 435-foot-tall building is part of Long Island University‘s expansion and will add 370,960 square feet of new space to the campus.
Recent photos from Tectonic show the glass curtain wall beginning to be installed on the lower levels of the reinforced concrete superstructure. Meanwhile, the building has passed the main setback on the northern elevation, and only a handful of floors remain before workers reach the flat roof parapet. The windows continue to follow both of the flat surfaces and gentle bend along the centerline of the western elevation as the formwork and safety cocoon assembly rise above. Vertical white paneling on the corners of the structure and dark gray horizontal stripes on the edges of the floor plates add definition and texture to the otherwise all-glass exterior.
The main rendering shows 61 DeKalb Avenue’s pinnacle topped with glass railings, most likely indicating the placement of a roof terrace. This vantage point would provide occupants with views of the campus and the future soccer field directly adjacent to the tower, Flatbush Avenue to the west, and the rising cityscape of Downtown Brooklyn. The entire development will span 600,200 square feet and include 476 residential units averaging 779 square feet apiece, 183,530 square feet for community facilities, an athletic field, fitness and wellness facilities, additional academic space, parking for 564 vehicles, and offices. Other upcoming plans for the campus include the refurbishment of the northern and eastern boundaries along Willoughby Street and Ashland Place, upgrades to landscaping and passageways, and new pedestrian walkways. Affordable housing will account for 30 percent of the total unit inventory.
A completion date for 61 DeKalb Avenue has not been announced.