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Targeting LEED Gold, Mixed-Use 837 Washington Street Tops Out in Meatpacking District

View of 837 Washington Street under construction, from the High Line, on August 20, 2013.

Construction on the twisting, mixed-use 837 Washington Street – designed by Morris Adjmi and located in the Meatpacking District across the street from the Standard Hotel, the High Line, and, in 2015, the LEED Gold-hopeful new home of the Whitney Museum – recently topped out. The project – which is being co-developed by Thor Equities and Taconic Investment Partners – broke ground in December of 2012 after securing a $60 million construction loan from M&T Bank. On track for completion this fall, the 55,000-square-foot tower will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, natural landscaping to fill voids on the exterior created by its twisting profile, and is pursuing a Gold rating from USGBC under LEED for Core and Shell, 2009.

Although the project initially called for 28,000 square feet of retail space across three levels (with 200 feet of frontage stretching across the corner of Washington and West 13th Streets) with a 27,000-square-foot office component, the developers are now suggesting that the tower’s program is up for grabs depending on the tenant, with several configurations still possible from 38,500 of retail space or 40,000 square feet of office space. But the developers are still hoping to secure the headquarters of a global fashion or technology industry company as the anchor tenant. Regardless, office tenants will enjoy 12-foot ceilings reached by a private lobby with two elevators and access on Washington Street. The second, third, and roof floors will feature private terrace spaces of 500, 3500, and 3000 square feet. Planting beds along the edge of the floor slab will reduce stormwater runoff and benefit adjacent High Line landscaping.

As we’ve noted previously in covering this project, Morris Adjmi’s design is a deliberate reference to the Meatpacking District’s industrial past. Metal and glass windows are cast within a twisting framework of gray steel beams that rise around the building’s brick core, which connects the tower with the podium, landmarked 2-story warehouse below, which dates from the 1930s and was once part of the Gansevoort Market. The tower’s twisting profile aims to reflect the angles of the neighborhood streets until they bump up against the Manhattan grid above nearby 14th Street.

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