Construction continues on One Vanderbilt tower despite statewide COVID-19 non-essential project restrictions.

Rendering of One Vanderbilt by SL Green

Construction is continuing on the 77-story One Vanderbilt tower in New York City despite the statewide COVID-19 shutdown of non-essential projects.

New York Yimby reports that construction crews are currently hard at work installing the finishing touches on the 1,401-ft. tower’s angled crown. The project, developed by SL Green, features sheer blue-glass walls and is topped by a stepped cap marked by angled roof lines.

A SL Green representative indicated that the developer had received approval to continue work on “transit-related spaces and base building life-safety systems” at the construction site, the Real Deal reported.

The building will include a 100-ft. spire at the very top that has yet to be lifted into place. Additionally, a three-story observation deck, named “The Summit,” designed by Snøhetta, is also included in the project. Gensler is providing interior architecture services for the development, Archinet reports.

Once it is completed the tower will be the city’s fourth tallest structure.

Many projects allowed to continue include hotel, affordable housing or medical uses; but the publications report that One Vanderbilt is designed primarily as Class-A office space. As well, a 11,000 sq. ft. luxury restaurant is planned for the tower.

New York YIMBY reports that the project should be completed by Aug. 4.


  1. Such mega construction projects demand lots of resources. Hats off to the contractor who is still able to work tirelessly with his team during this COVID-19 pandemic.


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