By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
New York—The first phase of Brookfield Office Properties’ newest and largest development in New York City kicked off with a groundbreaking event with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city and real estate officials.
Manhattan West is a $4.5 billion project designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in partnership with SLCE Architects. When opened in 2016, the project will have 5.4 million square feet of space that includes two 2-million-square-foot office towers, a residential high-rise, new shops and restaurants, and 1.5 acres of public space.
During Phase I, the development team will install a 120,000-square-foot platform made up of a series of 16 bridges over the Hudson rail yards. According to Brookfield, locally based Turner Construction will install the deck, utilizing post-tension, pre-cast, segmental bridge technology to minimize disturbance to trains running under the platform.
More than 600 construction jobs will be generated during the platform installation process. The project will generate $52.7 million in employee compensation and an estimated $4.7 million in tax revenue for New York City.