May 16, 2020

What we know about New York’s One Vanderbilt skyscraper

Grand Central Terminal
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Jaros Baum & Bolles
Tishman Construction
Catherine Sturman
3 min
Downtown Manhattan aerial view
A number of skyscrapers are currently under construction within New York in order to accommodate for the increased number of residents and increase empl...

A number of skyscrapers are currently under construction within New York in order to accommodate for the increased number of residents and increase employment opportunities within the capital. The One Vanderbilt skyscraper, situated opposite the Grand Central Terminal will complete in 2020 and become the second tallest skyscraper within New York, reaching heights of 1,301ft, with a spire reaching 1,401ft.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and owned by developer SL Green, the $3 billion build has resulted in the demolition of over 70 buildings in the area to allow for construction work to begin, incorporating over 1.5 million square feet of space over 58 floors. Jaros Baum & Bolles and Tishman Construction have been bought onto the project to ensure all targets are met.

Sustainability is at the forefront of construction works, at which developers are aiming for the construction to obtain a LEED Gold rating. The build will incorporate a glass facade, reducing the impact the construction will have on the environment, blending in with its surroundings and with Grand Central Station. The bottom floor will also incorporate several retail outlets.

Jamie von Klemperer, President of Kohn Pedersen Fox and Chief Designer of the One Vanderbilt said, “the one Vanderbilt tower will be like the Empire State and the Chrysler Building, one of those delicate moments that comes to one point in the skyline.”

The building will include 1.6 million squares of rental office space over several floors. It has been confirmed that TD Bank has stated their wish for approximately 200,000ft once completed, with other businesses sure to follow suit due to its ideal location. Although it has fewer floors than previous skyscrapers, higher ceilings have been factored into the design, with floor-to-ceiling windows which create a light and airy space.

Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of the New York Tri-State Region of CBRE commented: “One Vanderbilt is going to change the energy of Grand Central, it’s going to change the image of Grand Central.

“What it means to be in a building with no columns, high ceiling heights, glass that enables you to not only see everywhere, but enables light to enter and go all the way into the core of the building. Spaces that make you aware of the changing sky and the light of the day.”

Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the build will also be designed to include a restaurant based on the second floor and will become a world-class dining venue, in addition to a Skybar which will be situated 900ft above ground.

Klemperer added: “It’s a great thing to be able to update in a way and move ahead and prove that New York can be home to the most advanced skyscraper in the world. It will be an unforgettable landmark for New York.”

Some elements of the build are still awaiting approval, but it is hoped the build will connect with Grand Central Terminal through underground access, with the strengthening and upgrading current infrastructure links to incorporate the increased number of commuters.

Robert Alexander, Chairman of New York Tri-State Region of CBRE added: “It will be the most modern, up-to-date, technologically advanced building in Manhattan when finished.”

To ensure commuters are able to have an increased quality of life amongst the growing number of citizens within the region, SL Green has contributed over $200 million to the upgrading and transformation of Grand Central, which will provide long term benefits for citizens and visitors to the area.

“Once the commuters come into grand central, they are 60 seconds from their office. You could not ask for a better location," added Alexander.

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Jun 11, 2021

Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Construction Skills Network says UK industry must fill 216,800 posts by 2025

The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.

Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.

But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.

Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.

"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.

"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."

Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.

According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).

Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.

The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.

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