PENN 2’s renovations continue at 2 Penn Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan

Renovation work is progressing on PENN 2, a 31-story commercial building at Two Penn Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by MdeAS Architects and developed by Vornado Realty Trust, the project involves a full resurfacing and interior modernization of the 412-foot-tall, 1.61 million-square-foot mid-century office building and is part of the 10-story skyscraper Penn District revitalization plan. Turner Construction Company is the general contractor for the property, which is located along Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets, directly adjacent to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.

More of the new glass has gone up since our last update in May, now covering the majority of the north and east faces. In addition, the second floor of the multi-story rectangular cantilever has begun to converge along Seventh Avenue, supported by a series of white columns. Black mesh wraps around the edges and the metal decking should be put down in the near future, followed by rebar for future concrete pours. Based on the pace of progress, it is possible that the first glass panels could be installed on the cantilever before the end of the year.

Two Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza (center) and the Penn District. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

Progress is also being made on the levels on the north side of the base.

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

Below are pictures taken in late July with the first segment going up.

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The third level of the 88,000-square-foot cantilever is set back from the two lower floors and does not reach the north and south ends of the building. Its location is noted by the rectangular outline of the exposed steel superstructure, just below the recent installation of the new glass curtain wall facing Seventh Avenue.

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

From above, we can see how much the new glass facade has enveloped the building as the old, dark envelope is removed.

2 Penn Plaza (center) and the Penn District. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

Close-ups show the double-height corner terraces cut out of the steel-framed floor slabs at the north and west edges of the tower. These spaces will eventually be populated with landscaping and seating.

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

An extension is being built in the center of the parapet of the flat roof, which is likely to house mechanical equipment.

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The following image shows both Two Penn Plaza and the Pennsylvania Hotel, which are in the process of being demolished to make way for PENN15, a 56-story, 1,200-foot office skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners.

2 Penn Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

Two of Penn Plaza’s cantilevers will contain double-height, column-free space. Below will be entrances to the underground levels, flexible tenant spaces for public or private events, a 275-person town hall, casual lounges, an outdoor rooftop pavilion, newly landscaped green space and over 1 hectare of terraces for residents. There will also be a triple-height office entrance moved toward a new tree-lined plaza along West 33rd Street.

YIMBY last reported that PENN 2 is expected to be finished sometime next year.

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