Brookfield Breaks Ground on $4.5B Manhattan West

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.

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.