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Thread: The Bank of America Tower a.k.a. One Bryant Park - by Cook + Fox Architects

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    LAte this Saturday afternoon I was able to get inside the construction fence and get a closer look at the progress on the west end of the site (in the area behind the facade of the Henry Miller Theatre).

    Steel columns have risen above street level and are now to the top of the 2nd floor abutting the Conde Nast Tower. Steel columns have also started to rise just "inside" the Miller facade.

    The major work has been the steel for the new theatre space. The floor plan can be seen in the center of this drawing (the arcs and small "x"s):

    http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/at...achmentid=1116

    The entire superstructure for the sloping orchestra seating level is in. The audience will enter on street level through the orignal Miller doorways. Upon entering the auditorium the arc-shaped space slopes down towards the stage. It looks like the orchestra pit might sit just above the first basement level. The fly space (shown above as the small "x" filled rectangle) will presumable rise through to the top of this area of the building.

    Here is a photo (undated) of the interior of the late deceased Henry Miller Theatre:



    If we're lucky this grand old space might be coming back for a revival. According to the B of A website ( http://www.bankofamerica.com/newsroo...0040802.01.htm ) :


    Reconstructed Henry Miller's Theater


    At the direction of Bank of America and The Durst Organization, Cook+Fox Architects will restore and reconstruct the historic Henry Miller's Theater, with the goal of creating a state-of-the-art Broadway playhouse that captures the intimacy and proportions of the original 1918 Allen, Ingalls & Hoffman Theater. The Georgian-style land marked façade will be preserved and restored, the oval reception room, doors and decorative plasterwork, including the iconic urns marking the 43rd Street entrance, will be salvaged and incorporated into the new design.

    The seating will be increased to 1,000, the majority of which will have a prime location at orchestra level. A sophisticated acoustics system will be integrated, as well as a larger orchestra pit and a fully functional fly-tower and scenic loading facilities. Other new amenities will include improved public circulation, box office and concessions areas, with a spacious lobby bar at the orchestra level, a bar and café at the ground level, a restaurant on the upper mezzanine and a significant increase in women's restrooms. The new theater also will be fully handicapped accessible with 20 wheelchair-viewing positions. In addition, the theater will have an auxiliary exhibition space - an adjacent through-block pedestrian passageway that provides views into the theater and includes a special documentary style multimedia presentation exploring the life and times of the historical Henry Miller playhouse.
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    This shot shows the proposed "green" area on the roof above the Henry Miller (at bottom center):


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    Sunday OCTOBER 2, 2005

    The Bank of America tower makes an inconspicuous appearance
    on the cityscape to unsuspecting New Yorkers...






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    Look at those TOWERING steel beams! It just inspires awe! lol. Maybe tehy can cancel the project now and make it a one story supermarket with a big basement. Lol, glad to see this one "rising"

    Thanks for the update

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    I got a look inside the shed walls today (another open gate ):

    The final gravel has been laid for the tower's bottom slab, so that should be poured and finished before too long.

    The pits (four huge ones) for the tower's elevators have been poured and the base of the core portion of the tower seems to be ready to start going up -- all the re-bar is poking up and waiting to be added to (just to the right of the big crane in the foreground seen above).

    Is this tower going to have a concrete core? Or all steel?

    Also I was wrong in a previous post about the lay out of the theatre space: It is now apparent that when one enters from street level through the old Henry Miller doorways then one will be at the balcony level. The steeply sloping area I previously described is actually the platform for the balcony seats (much like it appears in the old photo). The main level seating area will be accessed at a floor below street level, seemingly part of the improved circulation that is described on the BofA website. In essence it appears they are recreating the old Henry Miller but at a deeper level.

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    Post 9/11 don't all highrise steel buildings in NYC have to have a concrete core?

    In London, all the steel commercial buildings have a concrete core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vc10
    Post 9/11 don't all highrise steel buildings in NYC have to have a concrete core?
    NY Times Tower looks to be all steel.

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    there is no requirement that NY buildings have concrete cores post 9/11. I think egress stair construction has to be more than just a 2 hour rated sheet rock wall though. No one is going to build that way again in this city.

    Outside NYC and around the world, many buildings have a concrete core that is built first followed by the steel floor framing. The ironworkers in NYC won't work below the concrete trades, so in NYC you have build steel first then concrete. For obvious reasons this is pretty tricky to do and costly.

    So far the only large building built that way I know of is 7wtc. One Bryant Park looks to be the second. Goldman Sachs will probably be third followed by FT.

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    Nice, Stern ^^^ looks like you found that open gate

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    Nice, Stern ^^^ looks like you found that open gate
    Yeah. And as you said they are still pouring the foundation walls on part of the site.

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    Why are they putting steel on the low rise part first. Id have thought they'd start the tower first like nyt

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    My guess would be: more extensive excavation work was required at the tower portion of the site.

    And perhaps they want to get the "public" portion of the building (Miller Theatre, etc.) completed and up & running prior to the completion of the tower.

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    nice pictures keep them coming "look at the size of that hole" Damm this is gonna be some building

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    OCTOBER 15, 2005









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