Massive 37,000-Ton Platform Will Facilitiate Development of Entire 28-Acre Project
Construction is now under way on the gigantic platform being built over railway tracks and tunnels to allow development of the 28-acre Hudson Yards project.
More than 7 million square feet of development will be in progress by year’s end, and 10 Hudson Yards, home to Coach Inc., L’Oreal USA, SAP and Fairway Market, is scheduled for completion in 2015, according to developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group.
Construction of Hudson Yards Eastern Platform along with the entire eastern Rail Yards, including 30 Hudson Yards, home to Time Warner Inc., will be complete in 2018.
The scale and complexity of the Hudson Yards development is reflected in the construction of the 37,000-ton platform which will bridge 30 active Long Island Rail Road train tracks, three subsurface rail tunnels used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, and a fourth passageway, the Gateway tunnel, currently under construction.
The finished buildings will extend through and rise above the platforms which will cover about three-fourths of the Eastern and Western Rail Yards.
"This incredible structure will serve as the foundation for office, retail, residential and cultural aspects of the development, as well as public space," said Blake Hutcheson, CEO of Oxford Properties Group.
The Eastern Rail Yards contains two commercial towers, more than 100 shops and restaurants, luxury and affordable residences, a boutique hotel, a unique cultural space and more than six acres of open space. The development of the entire Hudson Yards will create more than 23,000 construction jobs, and about 770 residential, commercial and security positions.
Tutor Perini is serving as the general contractor for the Hudson Yards project. Thornton Tomasetti, the platform’s structure engineer, Langan, the geotechnical and environmental engineer, and Arup, the life safety systems engineer, are partnering with Related and Oxford on the massive platform design.