1,031-Foot Tall 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral, Tops Out Over Hudson Yards, Manhattan

The Spiral. Rendering by Tishman Speyer.

The rapid pace of construction at 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral, finally reached the 65-story, 1,031-foot-tall pinnacle over Hudson Yards this past Tuesday. Despite a light flurry of snow showers, the dedication ceremony was successfully held with Tishman Speyer President and CEO Rob Speyer joined on by Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Peter Davoren, President and CEO of Turner Construction Company and a group of trade partners. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the steel-framed superstructure is located on a full-block parcel bound by Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and 34th and 35th Streets, and will yield 2.8 million square feet of office space.

Turner Construction Company is serving as the construction manager, Banker Steel is in charge of manufacturing the steel, and Permasteelisa is the contractor for the glass enclosure for the 66-story project, which is expected to cost $3.7 billion. Other notable companies that helped contribute to this critical milestone are Adamson Associates, WSP, Cosentini Associates, Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers, Langan and Siteworks.

Photographs show the ceremony and steel beam signed by numerous attendees before being raised into the sky.

The Spiral. Photo by Diane Bondareff

The Spiral. Photo by Diane Bondareff

YIMBY also has new renderings of The Spiral that depict the overall appearance, the podium, the stepped and landscaped outdoor setbacks, and upper levels of the edifice. The six-story base will house a lobby that will have dual entrances on both Hudson Boulevard East and Tenth Avenue, and include ceilings heights up to 28 feet tall. 25,000 square feet of first-class retail space will also be included within.

The Spiral. Rendering by Tishman Speyer.

The Spiral. Rendering by Tishman Speyer.

The Spiral. Rendering by Tishman Speyer.

“The Spiral represents the ideal collaborative workspace, now more important than ever, combining sustainable design with an elevated hospitality experience,” said Rob Speyer.  “The continued rise of The Spiral is a testament to our vision and optimism for New York City’s future. I am grateful to Gary, Peter and their teams for partnering with us on a plan that kept their members working and construction on schedule, while also safeguarding everyone’s health and well-being over the past year.”

“The milestone reached today is a testament to the hard-working union men and women of New York City, who – despite the extraordinary challenges of the past year – have gone above and beyond to get the job done,” said Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. “With the success of this project and the value that a union workforce brings to construction projects more clear than ever, we look forward to building and expanding upon the relationship with Tishman Speyer on future projects. The topping-off of The Spiral is yet another sign that New York’s future will always be bright.”

51 percent of the building is already pre-leased with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer being the anchor tenant, who are planning to take up 746,000 square feet across 15 floors. Law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is occupying  531,000 square feet across 13 floors, and AllianceBernstein is taking up 166,000 square feet across three and a half floors.

The Spiral is aiming to achieve LEED Gold Standard and is expected to be completed next year.

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22 Comments on "1,031-Foot Tall 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral, Tops Out Over Hudson Yards, Manhattan"

  1. Could you please include metres (m) and square metres (m2) in your articles for those of us who use the metric system?
    Thank you.

  2. Daniel Pietenpol | January 29, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply

    Will they helicopter in the full size trees or will we have to wait a couple of decades for the 5 gallon trees to be mature?

  3. I hope someone is keeping an archive of these renderings showing lush plantings on outdoor spaces way up high. It will be interesting to see if anything will actually grow up there.

  4. All the spirals and poorly-rendered trees in the world won’t make this anything but a dreadfully boring glass building. There is literally no imagination in corporate office architecture.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only person who thinks this is the most boring building I’ve ever seen.

    • Kerlen Hendersen | February 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm | Reply

      After watching the construction, that spiral setback wasn’t cheap. They had to use massive transfer columns at every setback to keep the office floorplates column-free. It would be nice to have some outdoor space in the summer on every floor. I think it will be a popular building. It’s a simple idea but sometimes that’s nice.

  5. The top off of The Spiral is a great achievement, for it’s definitely one of Hudson Yard’s greatest projects yet, and certainly among my favorites too. I can’t wait to see more progress on this amazing skyscraper!

  6. They’ll never get trees to grow up there

  7. This building was a pipe dream on rendering, but in reality cakes as GK but supertall and in glass… Nothing Ooh and Wayhhh, boring as most tall corporate buildings. 10 and 30 HY is ok.

  8. David : Sent From Heaven. | January 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm | Reply

    The construction of a beautiful tall building, as planned I wish you happiness to see: Thanks to New York YIMBY.

  9. They ain’t putting any trees on the building.

  10. Those trees will fly off the buildings and land on and kill people.

    Just like I stated Vessel is a suicide murder hot zone.

    Might be because I am Mexican and have that, you know, spiritual ESPN ability where I can talk directly to Judas and Paul Bunyan.

  11. Looks like a private joke.

  12. Robert Melik Finkle | January 31, 2021 at 1:42 pm | Reply

    Impossible to grow full size trees on a building, I is also ridiculous. trees belong in the ground, not on a building. Even Frank Lloyd Wright’s plantings on his balconies never thrived. Maybe grass and flowers, but not trees.

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