A stunning new residential tower on Manhattan’s far west side, 15 Hudson Yards is turning heads with its eye-popping shape and features. But reaching this milestone required some creative approaches to the structural engineering of the building.
As the structural engineer of record, WSP USA was responsible for delivering the structural design of the 918-foot-tall skyscraper, now one of the tallest residential buildings in New York City and the latest property to open its doors at Hudson Yards.
“The geometric form of the building is somewhat unique for New York City,” said Cillian Calpin, WSP vice president who was responsible for delivering the 15 Hudson Yards project. “There is a lot going on at this particular portion of the Hudson Yards development.”
Located in the Southwest corner of the development, 15 Hudson Yards was constructed above the new No. 7 Subway extension line, as well as a recently built Amtrak tunnel, designed by WSP in anticipation of future use. On the east side of the tower is The Culture Shed, a dramatic performing arts space that docks with the new tower. To the south side of the tower is the active High Line elevated park.
“There were a lot of adjacent complexities surrounding this building that had to be negotiated, and some unusual design considerations had to be made before the tower could be built,” Calpin said.
With 965,000 square feet of total space, 15 Hudson Yards features a two-story glass lobby and a quatrefoil design as it climbs, providing amazing views of the Hudson River on one side, and downtown Manhattan on the other. It is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, a joint venture by the New York City Department of City Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history by square footage. The property is being developed by Related Properties and Oxford Properties.