Construction is continuing to rise on 150 West 48th Street, a 330-foot tall, 38-story Hilton hotel in Times Square. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by Sam Chang of McSam Hotel Group, the 320,000-square-foot structure will yield 1,048 hotel rooms, up from the previous reported count of 974, making it the ninth-largest hotel in New York City. McSam Hotel Group purchased the site from Rockefeller Group in early 2019 for $140 million, and received a $250 million construction loan before work broke ground in 2020. Omnibuild is in charge of constructing the hotel.
Photographs show the significant progress since our last update in early January, when the reinforced concrete superstructure had just surpassed the roof heights of the surrounding low-rise buildings. Since that time, the edifice has risen more than halfway to its pinnacle, and work has begun on the façade along the main northern elevation. We can see a mix of dark-colored brick masonry walls between the grid of windows, and metal paneling along one of the multiple corners that will divide the fenestration into three distinct sets of materials and colors. This can be seen in the main rendering above, where a light cream, brown, and black color palette runs up the full height of the building. A wide canopy will cantilever over the sidewalks and front doors.
It shouldn’t take too long before construction tops out, perhaps sometime in the next couple months. The repetitive shape of each floor plate and set of inner and outer columns and walls is one big factor helping to speed the pace of work.
150 West 48th Street is the largest hotel by room count to come to New York City in 36 years, and is estimated to be completed sometime in early 2022.