One Vanderbilt heads for the sky in New York

Nick Myall
Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

The first steel is put in place at One Vanderbilt as it sets a course to become the second tallest tower in New York City

Developed by SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest commercial property owner, One Vanderbilt Avenue had its first steel column installed today, marking the beginning of the iconic skyscraper’s vertical construction. The 1,401 ft tall, Kohn Pederson Fox designed, state-of-the-art office skyscraper will anchor the modernization of the East Midtown business district and stand as the second tallest tower in New York City. It will encompass an entire city block, bounded by Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues to the west and east, and East 43rd and East 42nd Streets to the north and south.

Rising adjacent to Grand Central Terminal, One Vanderbilt will include direct connections to its network of mass transit, improved by $220m in upgrades that SL Green is implementing as part of the project. As part of SL Green’s agreement with the city, the transit improvements will be completed with the building’s full opening.

AECOM Tishman is managing the building’s $1bn construction program, which includes all union labour. The construction of One Vanderbilt is expected to generate up to 1,000 union construction jobs at peak and is currently three weeks ahead of schedule.

US-based Banker Steel Corporation is providing all of the fabricated structural steel. All steel is being milled and fabricated in the United States.

Steel information:

Total steel tonnage: 26,000 tonnes

First steel column: weights approximately 20 tonnes and is 35 feet long

Approximately 30 percent of the total steel tonnage is in the bottom 6 floors

Steel fabrication plant locations:

Lynchburg, Virginia

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Major mill plant suppliers:

Nucor in Blytheville, Arkansas

Arcelor Mittal in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Overall Steel Installation duration: 131 weeks (2.5 years)

Number of tower cranes to be used for steel erection: Three tower cranes

Projected Timeline

  • 2017: Finish excavation and foundations
  • 2020: Issuance temporary certificate of occupancy
  • 2020: Completion of Transit improvements
  • 2022/2023: LIRR East Side Access expected completion

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