Construction is nearing topping out on Two Manhattan West, a 58-story commercial skyscraper in Midtown West. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and developed by Brookfield, the 935-foot-tall tower will yield two million square feet of office space directly to the south of its 996-foot-high fraternal twin, One Manhattan West. AECOM Tishman is the general contractor for the project, which is located at the corner of West 31st Street and Ninth Avenue. Brookfield is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
The superstructure has ascended steadily since our last update in July, when the tower had just surpassed the halfway mark. Recent photographs below show the pair of construction cranes eclipsing the flat roof parapet of One Manhattan West as it continues to keep up with the constant pace of steel assembly on the floors below. The wrap-around safety cocoon netting is quickly climbing further up into the sky, while metal decking is being laid over each floor plate between the perimeter columns and inner core steel columns and beams. Meanwhile, the reflective glass curtain wall is following close behind, closing up the rounded corners and tapering northern elevation. The fireproofing process above the floor-to-ceiling glass and safety cocoon is more than halfway up the building.
The view below looks west and shows the building profile of Two Manhattan West as it slopes away from One Manhattan West.
The exterior mechanical hoist on the eastern side of the tower is also following the pace of progress.
Photos from afar at night show the crown of One Manhattan West fully illuminated with a tight array of vertical blue LED strips. We can expect the same to be seen with Two Manhattan West in the near future.
The overall Manhattan West complex comprises seven million square feet spread over five separate buildings. Two Manhattan West is the last component to be finished, as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Pendry Hotel at Four Manhattan West is now in operation as one of New York City’s newest hotels. The nearest subways are the A, C, and E trains to the east underneath Pennsylvania Station and the 7 train to the west at Hudson Yards.
YIMBY last reported that Two Manhattan West is slated for completion next summer, as stated on the on-site construction boards.