About 3 weeks ago: they are about 40 feet deeper by now…
The foundation work is progressing, but not yet a grade level. I spend a good amount of time peering through construction site barter fences looking at foundation work; and this is one of the most complex excavation, footings, fittings, drillings, concrete pours I have seen in a long time. Recently crew played down a white sheeting of some sort over every square inch of the first level of the foundation: the sheeting seemed to be some sort of waterproof membrane that was actually glued down to the concrete slabs/rebar below. The are now covering up all that with yet another layer of concrete/rebar. Massive amount of man-hours and material going into this even before the reach street level: a marvel to behold.
Related’s Robert A.M. Stern-Designed 555 West 22nd Street Making Quick Headway In West Chelsea
Construction on the foundations of 555 West 22nd Street in Chelsea are moving quickly. The development is being designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects while SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record. Related is the developer of the Hudson River-facing project. It is located along the corner of West Street and West 22nd Street and will rival the height of Norman Foster’s adjacent residential tower to the south at 555 West 21st Street. 39 units are set to be created, averaging around 2,245 square feet apiece.
A new photo shows a large amount of rebar waiting for the concrete pours to form the slabs and columns of the cellar levels. The foundation walls on the easternmost part of the perimeter are finished while the rest of the walls are continuing and awaiting their final form. The first pieces of the construction crane are already on site and in position. It sits towards the central interior section of the property. Several areas of the foundation slabs are also finished while excavation appears to be mostly completed. Work on the building should reach street level sometime this summer and most likely rise several stories by the end of 2019.
This will be Robert A.M. Stern’s first residential project in Chelsea and it is set to stand 26 stories tall. The development will come with amenities such as a lounge room, an event room, a game center, a business center, a fitness center, a basement pool with lockers, bicycle storage, and a dog spa. The views of the Hudson River and uninterrupted sunsets are a prime feature for a number of apartment units, some with private outdoor terraces on the western elevation.
A completion date for 555 West 22nd Street is expected to be sometime next year.
The street level rebar is now embedded in concrete: they are now going above grade with next level of form work for the poured concrete floor/ceiling slabs. I have watched this site work frequently; this type of up-close photography is something special - will be above ground and out of sight soon.
Can anyone guess why the vertical rebar has little plastic ‘hats’ put on each one: I think I can guess the answer.
I assume for visibility/to protect the workers?
You may be right: but I think it is something a bit more gruesome. Workers are often working on ladders, scaffold, or upper sections directly above those rebar ‘spikes’. If a worker falls on top they would be immediately ‘impaled’ by the rebar: and likely die or be severely injured from the wounds. Those caps serve to blunt the sharp edges so a falling body does not get skewered in the event that they fall on top of the rebar from above. That is either something I have surmised: or perhaps I was told this by someone who knows more about OSHA than I ever will. I really am not sure where I got that idea, but bet I am right on that guess.
I thought those caps were to protect the ends from corrosion?
Safety is the concern leading to the caps—both as a sight grabber and a cover for risky edges.
Photo shows round electrical junction box, with blue tubes attached. They are just beneath the rebar; so when the concrete is poured the electrical lines are imbedded inside the floor/ceiling slabs. I did not know for sure that they ran electrical lines inside the concrete: now I know how they get those ceiling light fixtures connected. One never knows what they may learn looking at these photos - thanks for the pics JC Heights…
Yep. That’s why many cement floor/ceiling apartments cause owners headaches. When they have ceiling fixtures in dining areas and lack them elsewhere the only way to improve lighting with more modern ceiling systems is to build soffits or surface wiring since putting wires through cement is typically barred, too noisy for neighbors, or too expensive. That was our problem when redoing our apartment about a decade ago.
The the pouring of the concrete floor slab on the first level above grade will be ready to start soon: the framing formwork is being put in place today. The construction barriers on the sidewalk with the cut-out openings offer a very good close up view of the job site. Soon all this activity will be too high up to get these type of on-site, detailed imigages of the construction components that go into the process leading to the finished product. I bet construction engineers and architects alike all love the YIMBY forum photos.
Credit: Michael Young
The white building in the picture - with the large windows - that side had great views looking north up the Hudson River. That is a new condo only completed about a year ago, private drive-in car port - mostly multimillion dollar apartments. I was in one recently for work and the owner told me the Hudson River view north was the selling point for him - he was unaware of this new project that was on the drawing board at the time he made the purchase. Too bad he was not on the YIMBY forum - we could have given him a chance to see the future elimination of his Hudson River View looking north. However, he still will have some water view: probably as far as 34th street: that is what is know as a 1st world problem.
This is a classic beauty: stone facade, punch windows (NOT floor to ceiling glass), articulated setbacks, light color, solid and substantial looking structure. I look forward to seeing those precast stone panel for the facade; what material that is exactly remains to be seen.
Credit: City Realty