Construction has reached the final stages on Google’s 1.3 million-square-foot headquarters at 550 Washington Street in Hudson Square. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the project involves the repurposing and vertical expansion of the former St. John’s Terminal building along the Hudson River waterfront. The 232-foot-tall structure will serve as the centerpiece of the 1.7 million-square-foot “Googleplex” master plan along with 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street. Turner Construction is the general contractor for the property, which spans two full city blocks between West Street, West Houston Street, Washington Street, and the New York Department of Sanitation building.
At the time of our last update in November 2021, work was still shaping up on the northern end of the podium, while the construction elevator remained attached near the southwestern corner. The latter has since been dismantled, and the podium floors along West Houston Street have been finished with lush landscaping.
The following close-up shots show the finished look of the northern end of the podium and its green terrace. Raised garden beds with trees have been installed around the main entrance and on the staggered cantilever above, which features exposed steel I-beams encased in white concrete for a rusticated industrial look. Tall grasses and an array of shrubbery hang over the terrace, creating a nice contrast with the sleek glass wall behind. The entire elevation is set back from the sidewalk, with large warehouse windows lining the brick-clad side walls.
Below is a rendering showing the final outcome.
Here is a further perspective of the entire building from Jersey City back in the spring.
Sidewalk scaffolding still wraps around most of the first floor, but should be removed soon as work reaches the finish line.
Construction at 550 Washington Street should likely conclude sometime this fall.