Work is nearing completion on the extensive renovation and expansion of the historic Tammany Hall headquarters building at 44 Union Square. Designed by BKSK Architects and developed by Reading International (RDI) with Edifice Real Estate Partners as the owner’s representative, the project involved the addition of a multi-story space-frame dome atop the 90-year-old structure. CNY Group is in charge of construction at the Union Square site, which sits at the corner of East 17th Street and Park Avenue South. Reading International purchased the edifice 18 years ago and received a $57.5 million loan secured by Bank OZK and Fisher Brothers from Lionheart Strategic Management, LLC, an affiliate of Fisher Brothers.
Recent photos show that the sidewalk scaffolding that covered the ground floor and second story on the main western elevation facing Union Square has been completely dismantled. Rows of orange and white sidewalk barriers with metal fences that remain, while the glass panels on the first story are covered with temporary signage promoting the project’s retail and office space. The geometric glass dome looks to be fully complete, while several horizontal flagpoles have been installed and are flying promotional banners.
Below is a series of renderings depicting the finished look of the interiors under the glass dome. The transparency of the contemporary structure will allow for maximum daylight exposure and provide views of Union Square Park. Combined with the existing floor space, the addition brings the building’s total area to 70,348 square feet. Two elliptical-shaped floors will sit underneath the dome. Ceiling heights on the fifth floor range between 12 and 21 feet, while the sixth and final floor reaches a height of 19 feet. This part of the building is nearly 80 feet above street level.
YIMBY last mentioned that 44 Union Square was expected to obtain a temporary certificate of occupancy and finish work sometime in the second quarter of 2020. We could likely see construction totally wrap up this summer, which wouldn’t be too far from the original target.