Mark Townsend has over 20 years of experience on a wide range of projects throughout the United States, Asia and the Middle East. Having joined Kohn Pedersen Fox in 1997, he has served as project manager on some of KPF’s most complex projects. He has led large multi-disciplinary teams in the design of civic and urban infrastructure projects that have required collaboration with numerous stakeholders including public agencies.
Since 2011, Mr. Townsend has overseen KPF’s significant contribution to Hudson Yards, the centerpiece of New York City’s redevelopment for the far west side of Manhattan and the largest development since Rockefeller Center. Stretching between 30th and 34th Streets, Phase 1 is a new mixed-use superblock with KPF designs totaling 5.3 million square feet. The firm’s designs on site include two commercial office towers, one reaching 1,250 feet tall and including an observation deck, six floors of luxury retail, and 4.3 acres of public open space.
Mr. Townsend’s primary responsibility on Hudson Yards is the $510 million Platform, a structure that will enclose Long Island Rail Road’s Eastern Rail Yard and provide the foundation for the overbuild above. As lead planner and Architect-of-Record, KPF is responsible for technical and design integration of a multi-disciplinary design/build team involving the modification of LIRR facilities, all while the rail yard remains in active use. The completed platform will be a major step to revitalizing the west side by reinserting six acres of ground plane for the public realm.
Mr. Townsend’s other projects include KPF’s 2011 competition entry for Korea’s Incheon International Airport, a new mega-terminal with 88 gates for international flights. From 2002-2009, Mr. Townsend served as Project Manager for the new 1.8 million-square-foot, 44-gate Tier 2 Midfield Concourse at Washington Dulles International Airport. As part of this program, KPF completed a $100 million underground Aerotrain station in 2008. Among Mr. Townsend’s first projects at KPF was the Gannett/USA Today Headquarters located in McLean, Virginia, which since its completion in 2001 has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2005 National AIA Honor Award.