150 West 48th Street’s Foundations Taking Shape in Times Square

150 West 48th Street. Designed by Gene Kaufman

Foundation work is taking shape at 150 West 48th Street, the site of a 974-room hotel in Times Square. The 300,216-square-foot structure is designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by Sam Chang of McSam Hotel Group, which purchased the property from Rockefeller Group in early 2019 for $140 million, and received a $250 million construction loan before breaking ground. Located between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, the project will be one of the largest hotels in the city when complete.

Photographs show the degree of progress that has occurred at the site since our last update in mid April, when excavation had just begun. The foundation walls are now mostly formed, and a plethora of steel rebar protrudes from the perimeter and inner columns, awaiting the next pour of concrete. Some excavation still remains around the center of the plot, where the dirt ramp is standing. Part of the floor slab on the southern end of the property is complete, and wooden railings and walkways traverse different parts of the site.

150 West 48th Street. Photo by Michael Young

150 West 48th Street. Photo by Michael Young

150 West 48th Street. Photo by Michael Young

We will likely see the sub-level portion of 150 West 48th Street progress through the rest of the summer and presumably reach street level sometime this fall. The project will join a number other hotels under construction in the immediate vicinity, including the Hard Rock Hotel at 159 West 48th Street and the RIU Hotel at 145 West 47th Street, as well as TSX Broadway at 1568 Broadway.

A completion date for 150 West 48th Street has yet to be announced.

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13 Comments on "150 West 48th Street’s Foundations Taking Shape in Times Square"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | August 17, 2020 at 7:12 am | Reply

    You thought it would happen, it shows on your views from details today: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. Gene Kaufman and Sam Chang, they are a super villian duo in the construction world of New York City. I wonder if Marvel is interested! ?

  3. David in Bushwick | August 17, 2020 at 8:50 am | Reply

    The best thing about this latest Chang-Kaufman atrocity is that it is surrounded by other tall buildings and won’t be seen unless you look up.
    Don’t look up!

  4. The Nothingness from Neverending Story in building form.

  5. By the time it is built-2 years?- maybe tourists will be back.

  6. “OMG, MY EYES, MY EYES!!” ?

    We need to develop a
    Kaufman-Chang vaccine ASAP, to stop the spread of this
    Crapitecture from destroying
    Nee York!

  7. Two secs, after seeing this third grade rendering, I wanted to wash my hands.

  8. Randall Cummings | August 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm | Reply

    Faceless Building . Think Movie Bladerunner.

  9. Just shamelessly thoughtless architecture. A building this size should be held to some sort of minimum aesthetic standard. This is as low-grade as commercial architecture gets in Manhattan. Gene Kaufman is a scourge.

  10. InTheLoopFromNYC | August 17, 2020 at 6:19 pm | Reply

    A third-rate rendering of another third-rate building from a third-rate firm! Such crap.

  11. Kill it.

  12. A health hazard for the eyes. Can anybody stop this crap from ruining NYC?

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