Work continues on the renovation of PENN2, a 31-story mid-century commercial building at Two Penn Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by MdeAS Architects and developed by Vornado Realty Trust, the project involves a full-scale overhaul of the 412-foot-tall structure’s 1.61 million square feet of office space, replacement of its façade with a modern glass curtain wall, and the construction of a multi-story cantilevering volume along Seventh Avenue. GMSLLP is the façade consultant and Turner Construction Company and Skanska are the contractors for the property, which is located between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and a central part of the Penn District revitalization that will transform the area surrounding Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.
More of the new glass curtain wall panels have enveloped the structure since our last update in September, particularly on the new cantilevering volume, which is now fully enclosed. This new component will feature double-height, column-free interiors designed for flexible tenant usage, and will provide tenants with unobstructed views looking up and down Seventh Avenue. The northern and southern ends of the building have also made significant progress with their re-cladding.
The below close-up shots show workers beginning to install the geometric paneling on the underside of the cantilevering volume.
Meanwhile, more floor plates along the northwestern and southwestern corners of the building have been cut out to make way for pocketed landscaped terraces.
PENN2’s amenities include a 275-person town hall, casual lounges, an outdoor rooftop pavilion, and a new triple-height office lobby relocated along West 33rd Street beside a tree-lined public plaza. The landscaped terraces will span over one acre in total, with the largest section located atop the eighth floor of the cantilever.
PENN 2 is anticipated to be fully complete by the end of 2023.