Yeah I didn’t want to label it topped out yet because I wasn’t sure. By the way, do you consider a building without a spire reaching top out height when the first vertical beam or horizontal beam is put into place at that height? I never actually considered it before.
Good question, I think it purely depends on how the top condition is. Sometimes the beams at the top of a structure are attached ontop of the column and sometimes they are installed level with the column (the more frequent installation). But generally “topout” ceremonies typically only occur when the “final” beam os put in regardless of if the columns already reached topout status.
They are currently installing a column on the western side, and although the visual is not clear, I can see indication of the splices for the diamond intersection and horizontal beam connections. So these are in fact reaching 1388’. I would still like to see clearer images.
View from the Midtown Earthcam.
They are hauling today. It looks like they completed 6 vertical beams and 1 lateral beam.
Edit: Here are some pics I tried to take this morning before the sun decided to GTFO.
This is from EarthCam around 5:00 PM:
And here’s a gif of today’s progress:
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8 of 10 of the final vertical beams are now installed. I wonder if they will hit the top most horizontal steel later today. Maybe tomorrow.
Lol, you know you can just say columns instead of vertical beams? It seems like they sometimes install the intermediate facade support beams before the upper connection beam, but it’s a toss up at this point. I wonder when theyll install the 2 BMUs left, or if they’ll install any other cooling tower units besides the one, it looks like they intentionally left part of L60 open to lower more stuff onto L59M.
10/10 columns now installed.
Welp looks like we are there. What a journey.
Top out is technically defined as when the last beam is installed, but the columns already reached the 1388’ figure when initially installed, so we couldve celebrated on the 12th
so they value engineered the asymmetrical edges that made this building interesting and turned it into another boring fat box??
sorry just catching up on this but it is certainly not unexpected
Nothing wrong with having a preference for the asymmetry but this is quite the weirdly shaped box…
A lot of straight edges? Yes. But it doesn’t read as box from afar or close up.
Also why would JP Morgan of all clients, need to VE their own headquarters?
A shame really, this now joins the ranks of the ESB and Chrysler as one of NY’s most boring, symmetrical fat boxes.
a lost opportunity
the initial design was iconic and even sinister
there needs to be a greater standard when comparing buildings to the ESB or the Chrysler
I don’t see any indication of value engineering in this building…The change of design was probably based on other factors.
On the contrary, this symmetrical profile brings it closer to the ESB and Chrysler, as it has more of a classic silhouette.
sure it was,
probably cheaper to build symmetrically than asymmetrically