Once again, we’re counting down the final days of the year with a list of the 31 tallest skyscrapers under construction across the New York metropolitan region. The first project on the list is 3 West 29th Street, a 551-foot-tall, 34-story office tower in NoMad. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group for HFZ Capital Group and formerly known as 29th & 5th, the project will bring nearly 300,000 square feet of newly built space to the expanding neighborhood. The site is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, almost directly in line with the Empire State Building. Pavarini McGovern, LLC is the general contractor for the development.
Recent photos shot through the green construction fence reveal the degree of excavation progress that has occurred since our last visit in mid-October. Most of the below-grade work is proceeding on the southern end of the property along West 29th Street, while the northern half is still mostly untouched. Separating these sections is a line of cylindrical steel pilings, which are visible in the first photograph. Excavators are also simultaneously working at varying elevations with a dirt ramp in the middle of the site. Sections of the foundation walls for the abutting low-rise structures are being steadily being exposed as more dirt is hauled away from the rectangular parcel.
Stepping back one street to the south better illustrates 3 West 29th Street’s position on the skyline, namely its nearly direct alignment with the Empire State Building. Although Bjarke Ingels’ skyscraper will partially obscure views of the lower half of the famous Art Deco landmark, the buffer space between the two and their significant disparity in height will leave the latter unchallenged as the focal point of the Midtown skyline.
YIMBY last reported that 3 West 29th Street is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.