Renovation work and construction continue on PENN 2, a 31-story commercial tower at Two Penn Plaza in Midtown. Designed by MdeAS Architects and developed by Vornado Realty Trust, the project involves the interior overhaul and re-cladding of the 412-foot-tall, 1.61 million-square-foot structure, as well as the construction of a multi-story cantilevering addition. PENN 2 is one component in the Penn District revitalization scheme that calls for the erection and redevelopment of several buildings surrounding Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Turner Construction Company is the general contractor for the property, which is located along Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets.
A significant amount of progress has occurred since our last update in late January, when the new floor-to-ceiling glass panels were just beginning to cover the main western elevation. Now the majority of this face is re-clad and construction is quickly rising on the steel framework for the addition.
Recent photos show the gigantic steelwork rapidly forming the 430-foot-long raised podium, which is being supported by a network of diagonal columns that go down to the foundations of the building without disturbing the train and subway lines directly below. The metal decking is already laid down across much of the new protruding floor space, while temporary columns are holding up the outward expansion for the time being.
A second crane was set up along the northern end of the site to aid in the construction. The new envelope continues to wrap around the rest of the edifice with the old cladding being gradually removed.
PENN 2’s cantilevering addition will span 88,000 square feet and feature double-height, column-free space for office tenants. There will also be upgraded entrances to the subterranean levels that connect to the subways, flexible tenant spaces for public or private events, a 275-person town hall, casual lounges, a outdoor rooftop pavilion, new landscaped green space, and over one acre of terraces for occupants. A triple-height office entrance, relocated against a new tree-lined plaza, will go along West 33rd Street.
PENN 2 is anticipated to be finished sometime next year.