Exterior work is nearing completion on the 476-foot-tall Virgin Hotel at 1225 Broadway in NoMad. Designed by Stantec and developed by Lam Group, the 38-story tower will yield 300,000 square feet and 460 hotel rooms managed by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group. The property is located between West 29th Street and West 30th Street and will be the first Virgin Hotel establishment in New York City.
Recent photos show the completed façade of the tower portion of the building and the ongoing progress on the podium levels. This section has seen substantial progress since our last update in October, when much of the steel frame remained exposed on the first few floors.
The podium stretches the length of Broadway between West 29th and West 30th Streets and is the last major section of the edifice to be completed. We can see a variety of different panels that make up its curtain wall, with a mixture of clear floor-to-ceiling units that nearly match the ones that cover the main tower above, others with thin white horizontal louvers placed in front of the glass, and others still with opaque light-colored metallic spandrels that cover the steel beams. These can be found on both the northern and southern ends of the superstructure. It’s also interesting to note that the podium of 1225 Broadway was constructed with a steel frame, while the rectangular skyscraper was made with reinforced concrete.
1225 Broadway’s podium will feature 90,000 square feet of retail space and an underground 22,000-square-foot golf store called Swingers: A Crazy Golf Club.
No official opening date has been announced for the Virgin Hotel, though based on the pace of progress, sometime before the end of the year is feasible.