Hudson Yards, New York: A City Within A City

Christopher Colasanti
Associate Partner
Jaros, Baum & Bolles, New York City

As the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the most ambitious project in New York City since Rockefeller Center, Hudson Yards is a polycentric urban center built above an active train rail yard. With over 18 million square feet of residential and commercial real estate, 100 retail tenants, 4,000 apartments, and 14 acres of public open space, a new center of gravity has been established as a city-within-a-city on the far West Side of Manhattan.

Addressing a need for resiliency in a new world of unprecedented weather-related events, Hudson Yards has NYC’s first large scale micro-grid and cogeneration plant that the will save CO2 and other greenhouse gasses, all while generating electricity, hot and chilled water for the neighborhood. Located within one of the high-rise towers, the cogeneration plant has been integrated into the urban fabric of the site, creating both unique challenges and opportunities for the project.

This presentation explores the overall project’s evolution from rail yard to city, with a focus on the aspects of the interconnected electrical, HVAC and information technology infrastructure systems that were possible due to a holistic vision and the simultaneous construction of five buildings on the Eastern Railyard site.