Exterior work is wrapping up on 140 West 28th Street, a 470-foot-tall, 46-story dual-brand Marriott Hotel in Chelsea. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect for Sam Chang of the McSam Hotel Group, the 173,000-square-foot tower will yield 531 guest rooms across both a TownePlace Suites and Springhill Suites. Omnibuild is in charge of construction at the site, which is located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Recent photos show the progress on the façade since our last update in late August, when work was still finishing up on the metal cladding. The entirety of this section of the envelope is now in place, with only the podium awaiting curtain wall installation.
The blank and flat eastern and western walls appear to be complete and covered with a mix of warm-colored panels and a small upper layer of dark-colored panels toward the roof parapet and extended mechanical section that holds the two wooden water towers. One subtle envelope detail is the use of thin gray strips positioned every three floors that break up the monotonous pattern of tightly spaced windows. This minor aspect of the façade repeats itself all the way to the pinnacle. Meanwhile, a rectangular metal frame for a canopy over the sidewalk has been attached to the outer wall of the low-rise podium, which will likely become a tall main lobby with double-height ceilings.
The tower is one of a slew of properties in Manhattan from Gene Kaufman and Sam Chang, a duo that has become synonymous with the rise of new hotel across the island. Most of their work is focused around high-density areas such as Times Square NoMad, the Financial District, and Chelsea.
140 West 28th Street is on pace to be completed later this year, though a formal opening date has yet to be announced.