On March 8th, KPF Senior Associate Principal Andrew Werner participated in a lively panel discussion examining the design and construction of Hudson Yards for the Commercial Observer’s 2018 Special Design and Construction Conference.
The Panel discussed the design and construction of the Hudson Yards District as New York’s newest neighborhood. Four panelists including KPF’s Andrew Werner, Mitchell Moinian of Moinian Development, Andrew Cantor of The Related Companies, and Colin Brown of Thorton Tomasetti, discussed their experience working in the new district. The group spoke on the vital improvements being made to transportation and infrastructure on Manhattan’s Far West Side, and why many world-renowned companies are racing to the new neighborhood. Werner focused on KPF’s masterplan for the site and two landmark towers, 10 and 30 Hudson Yards. 10 Hudson Yards opened in 2016, and houses Coach, L’Oreal, and SAP headquarters; and 30 Hudson Yards is the future home to Time Warner, KKR, and Wells Fargo headquarters. Both towers boast aesthetic and functional appeal: in harmony with the Hudson River and the neighborhood’s industrial past, and the programmatic flexibility of both towers gives tenants space and versatility to accommodate a modern-high density office environment. In conclusion, Werner discussed how the design and construction of Hudson Yards influences the development of the West Side at large, and its ultimate role in advancing New York City urbanism.