Construction is nearing the finish line on 600 West 125th Street, a 34-story tower on Columbia University‘s Manhattanville campus. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and CetraRuddy Architecture and developed by the Trustees of Columbia University, the 403-foot-tall structure will span roughly 182,000 square feet and yield 142 residences for graduate students and faculty, as well as 5,000 square feet of retail space. LERA is the structural engineer, Thornton Tomasetti is the façade consultant, and Pavarini McGovern is the general contractor for the property, which is located at the corner of Broadway and West 125th Street, adjacent to the elevated 125th Street station serviced by the 1 train.
Nearly the entire building has been constructed since our last update in November 2022, when crews were still in the process of forming the foundations below grade. Recent photos show the superstructure built to its pinnacle and almost fully enclosed in its façade of white paneling and tall, narrow windows, with the exception of the upper levels on the southern lot line wall and the rear eastern elevation where the construction hoist remains attached. Work is also nearing completion on the multi-story podium, which will be topped with a terrace.
YIMBY last reported that 600 West 125th Street is engineered to achieve LEED Gold certification and will implement sustainable features such as a high-performance façade, a vegetated rooftop space, storm water collection and retention, optimized equipment efficiency, and an enhanced Clean Construction program.
Residential amenities will include a 150-bicycle storage room, storage space, a fitness center, and multiple lounges located on the second and sixth floors with adjoining outdoor terraces. The former McDonald’s restaurant that long operated at the site is reported to be among the tenants for the new ground-floor retail space.
600 West 125th Street is estimated to be finished within the first half of 2024.