JERSEY CITY | 136 Summit Ave | FT | 9 FLOORS

This building currently under construction will have 99 apartments over 9 floors as well as 2,240 sq ft of ground-floor retail. It’s on the edge of the Bergen Hill historic district. Will post construction pics in the next post.

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It looks like this will be a steel frame building. The I-beams are already above ground level:

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1/11 - Rising steadily


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Missed this one as well

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From afar

EDIT: Guess I can’t post more than 3 consecutive times without someone else posting? I’ll have to update this one

From 3/30 or around then

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Driving down Grand St. in Bergen Lafayette and it looks gigantic from there. It seems to be taking its time getting built lol

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I need someone to actually respond to this thread, otherwise I’m going to have to start editing old posts again lol…

This one has topped out, I think. No facade yet

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-new post- lol. Why does it seem like this building has been under construction for forever now. I’m sure facade will come after adding fireproofing, and insulation

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My Uber ride home drove past the site last night. This thing is gigantic! I think it should have been taller

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It does sort of dominate the area - would have been a bit weird if it was taller considering a lot of its nearby area is quite short (aside from the Beacon). Not that I don’t think a majority of this area could be (and is proposed to be) replaced with higher buildings…

This picture is from a month and a half ago - I took more recent ones yesterday so I will update this post once I upload them

UPDATE: this is from a few days ago

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This is a nice looking architectural design: better than building standard is my rave review. I am, however, now pondering much deeper issues: why don’t more of these buildings get constructed using structural steel - as opposed to reinforced concrete formwork.

I have been watching these various buildings go up for years here in the NY metro area, and also have a lot of construction industry experience; and my assessment is that reinforced concrete formwork superstructures seems way more labor intensive, way more time consuming, and much more ‘material’ goes into the process to achieve the same result as a structural steel superstructure.

I can not say for sure: but structural steel just seems a smarter, more efficient method - but is rarely used, particularly on residential projects.

That being said, this project here is a very fine looking residential building; bravo to all the architects, engineers and builders involved in this project.

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I looked into this, although I’ve mostly forgotten what I’ve read already…

In any case, as far as I can tell/read, concrete superstructure construction (especially on larger buildings) is quite fast when using forms - a floor per 2-3 days. Time is money. Additionally, concrete is inherently fireproof while steel has to be fireproofed. This has an effect on insurance costs as well. I’m sure there are other considerations. Observationally, this building as been under construction since at least June/July of 2019 and has barely topped out, while much larger concrete structures like 351 and 331 Marin started later and topped out much sooner. This could be down to the developer rather than some inherent difference between steel and concrete, but I did notice those two larger buildings were going up by 2-3 floors a week, much faster than this steel building.

From last week

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REW photo

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From 2/17

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Facade is finally going in

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