The Dock 72 project at Brooklyn Navy Yard has celebrated its topping off ceremony.
Rudin Development co-chairmen Bill Rudin and Eric Rudin, along with Boston Properties executive vice-president-New York region John F. Powers, were joined by more 350 construction workers, public officials, local business leaders and community representatives for the Oct. 5 event at what will be the first ground-up office tower to be built in Brooklyn in more than three decades when it is completed in summer 2018.
“We would like to thank all of our partners, and in particular, the men and women who have really dedicated their lives over the last year to build this building, ” Bill Rudin said.
“This project is all about collaboration, starting with the City of New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio, deputy mayor Alicia Glen, head of NYCEDC (New York Economic Development Corp.) James Patchett and then our partners here at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, David Ehrenberg and his team – thank you for your belief in our vision. We would also like to thank our partner, Boston Properties, and our other partner, WeWork. It was really their vision and tenacity that put this deal together, so we would like thank Adam Neumann, Miguel McKelvey and Roni Bahar. Thank you all for being here, and this is a very exciting day.”
The project team includes construction manager Gilbane Building Company; mechanical engineer Cosentini Associates; structural engineer Arup; design architect S9 Architecture; managing architect Perkins Eastman; interior design architect Fogarty Finger Architecture; and landscape architect MPFP.
Dock 72 is one major component in the ongoing commercial renaissance at the Yard, which is quickly emerging as a national model for sustainable urban manufacturing. Building 77, a one million-square-foot property adjacent to Dock 72, is undergoing an extensive $185 million renovation by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC). The building will include a 60,000 square-foot public Food Manufacturing Hub on the ground floor to be anchored by Russ & Daughters, and companies like Lafayette 148 and Catbird occupying the remainder of the building.
The Yard is also home to the Green Manufacturing Center, a state-of-the-art modern industrial facility including tenants such as New Lab, a design and technology center housing more than 50 start-ups; military gear manufacturer Crye Precision; coffee company Brooklyn Roasting Company; and soon-to-be joined by bean-to-bar producer Mast Chocolates.
Other projects underway include the redevelopment of Admiral’s Row, a $140 million project that will be anchored by a 74,000 sq. ft. Wegmans Supermarket, and the expansion of Steiner Studios, NYC’s largest and most successful film and television studio.