Excavation is progressing at 15 Beekman Street, the site of a 27-story academic center and dormitory for Pace University in the Financial District. Designed by Manish Chadha of Ismael Leyva Architects and developed by SL Green Realty, the 338-foot-tall structure will yield 213,084 square feet with classrooms, dorms, a dining facility, a library, and a learning center. The building will be built with a cellar, sub-cellar, and a 20-foot-long rear yard. New Line Structures & Development LLC is the general contractor for the Lower Manhattan project, which is alternatively addressed as 126-132 Nassau Street and located at the corner of Beekman and Nassau Streets.
More machinery has arrived at the site since our last update in August, and excavators are steadily digging and hauling away dirt. From above we can see a clearer perspective of the corner lot. It will probably take a few more months before the first segments of the reinforced concrete foundation slab and perimeter walls begin to take shape. Superstructure work could likely begin toward the middle of next year.
The architectural rendering is oriented looking south from across the corner at the overall building. There is a multi-story podium and the main building rising directly above. Both sections are clad in a uniform curtain wall of what looks like warm-colored bricks and vertical strips of floor-to-ceiling glass panels interspersed by dark spandrels. At the very top will be a flat roof parapet with mechanical equipment covered in ventilation grilles. The top of the podium is shown to include wraparound landscaping along the edges of the floor plate. Another upper setback is found on the southern side of the mixed-use structure and also appears to be populated with shrubs.
15 Beekman Street is slated for completion in the summer of 2023, as noted on the on-site board.