The platform, a series of 16 bridges, completes the surface upon which the entirety of the 5-million-square-foot development will rise, envisioned as two two-million-square-foot Class A office towers, a residential tower, a 1.5 acre open public space, and retail throughout. The cores of the towers will be constructed on bedrock to the north and south of the platform. The total site comprises five acres, of which the platform will occupy 60%.
The Manhattan West deck is being constructed utilizing post-tension pre-cast segmental bridge technology which minimizes disturbance to train operations below. To see a detailed animation of the platform construction process, click on the "Innovation" tab at www.manhattanwestnyc.com. The "launcher" is currently being fabricated off-site. Turner Construction, a New York-based firm, is managing the platform installation.
The building of the platform will generate more than 600 construction jobs, in addition to generating $52.7 million in employee compensation and $4.7 million in tax revenue for New York City, New York State.
Agreements were completed in September 2012 with Amtrak and the MTA/Long Island Rail Road, who hold easements through the Brookfield-owned land, as well as with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Excavation and rock drilling have been underway for the past three months.
The total Manhattan West project cost is estimated at $4.5 billion.
Brookfield has successfully developed office buildings totaling 4.3 million square feet in the United States, Canada and Australia, and has recently established a development platform in London. Recent completed projects include 300 Madison Avenue (New York), Bay Adelaide Centre (Toronto), 77 K Street N.W. (Washington, D.C.), Bankers Court (Calgary), and Brookfield Place/City Square (Perth).
Brookfield is currently in negotiations with a number of potential tenants in the technology, media, entertainment, professional and financial services sectors; office tower construction will begin when an anchor tenant is secured. Cushman & Wakefield is the leasing agent for Manhattan West.
Manhattan West's towers will offer stunning views of the city and the Hudson River. The entire project is within walking distance from major public transportation hubs: Penn Station, providing Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit service; the Port Authority Bus Terminal; the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, B, D, F, M and future 7 subway line extension station set to open in late 2013. Manhattan West is also steps from the High Line, the elevated park that runs from 34th Street to the Meatpacking District along 10th Avenue.
Across Ninth Avenue to the east of Manhattan West is Moynihan Station, the grand new train hall in the Farley Post Office building which will expand and improve Penn Station, the first phase of which is under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2015.
To the west, Manhattan West is adjacent to 450 West 33rd Street, a Brookfield-owned building across from the High Line. This building, combined with the Manhattan West complex, gives the area a campus feel with a range of options for office users.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the master plan architect, working in partnership with SLCE Architects on the residential portion.
The grand outdoor public space at Manhattan West, designed by High Line firm Field Operations, will be home to a robust arts and events program, similar to the award-winning program at Brookfield Place New York/the World Financial Center.
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