Building atop a landfill — which also acts as one of the new docks for the NYC Ferry system — presented “challenges and opportunities,” explained Michael Rudin, of Rudin Management Company.
The 675,000-square-foot building sits above grade level, atop 400 pilings that go 130 feet deep down through the landfill to the bedrock.
“The lower portion of the building has columns, which support the building and raise it up out of harm’s way,” Rudin said. “Where we decided to go above and beyond: the lobby itself is 8-feet above the 100-year flood plain. Everything below the lobby essentially will be breakaway panels. In the event of a flood or storm, all of that is essentially material that can be replaced. It’s sort of a pass-through for water to pass under the lobby.”
All of the mechanicals are on the second floor, 28-feet above the 100-year flood plain. The utilities are encased in material to make them essentially waterproof, and there’s a generator to power emergency areas along with some tenant needs which can be negotiated upon lease signing, Rudin explained about the building which is expected to lease a third of its space to WeWork.
The “cool factor” looms huge in today’s office leasing. Tenants, especially in creative fields, demand features and amenities such as communal work areas, outdoor terraces, on-site cafés, health clubs and game rooms.
Many new projects as well as some retrofitted older ones are full of bells and whistles that appeal to millennials and creative types of all ages. But Dock 72, now rising at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will have at least one feature that’s not only cool, but unique: a ferry dock right at its feet.
In fact, the new Citywide Ferry Service stop, to open in 2018, isn’t just for Dock 72, a $410 million, 16-story, 675,000-square-foot joint venture of Rudin Development and Boston Properties. It’s a new entrance portal for the entire Navy Yard, a 300-acre, city-owned, modern industrial park between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.
But those coming to work at Dock 72 might feel the ferry landing is theirs alone, as it’s almost at the building’s front doorstep.
In what could be a significant development for the growing tech hub the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this week that a stop on the East River Ferry would be added there. The addition of the stop would be another win for the Navy Yard, which is already attracting top-level tech companies, both at 1776 and next door, at New Lab. The Navy Yard hopes for that momentum to continue, with the upcoming opening of Building 77.
7. Brooklyn Navy Yard breaks ground on $380 million tech and innovation hub. In May, the City and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation joined partners Rudin Development, Boston Properties, Inc. and WeWork to break ground at Dock 72 today, marking a major milestone in the 200-year history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The transformative 675,000 square-foot building will bring $380 million in private investment and 4,000 living wage jobs to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Dock 72 will serve the rapidly emerging technology and creative industries in Brooklyn, and the project will be one of the largest New York City commercial buildings to be constructed outside of Manhattan in decades.
The joint venture developing a waterfront office building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard has secured a $250 million construction loan, allowing the partners to move forward with the project called Dock 72. Rudin Development and Boston Properties Inc. secured the financing from lenders led by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., M&T Bank Corp. and U.S. Bank. The joint venture last year broke ground on the 16-story, 675,000-square-foot building, where co-working giant WeWork Cos. plans to take 222,000 square-feet of space. “Co-working space is an integral part of New York’s new economy, transforming the way people do business,” said Michael Rudin, a partner in Rudin Development. “With the development of Dock 72, we are building the infrastructure to meet that growing demand.” The $410 million project, located on a strip of land in Wallabout Bay in the East River, is geared toward the creative sector and will offer a wide range of amenities including a health and wellness center and a rooftop conference center. The building will be ready for tenants to build out their spaces in late 2017 and will be completed in early 2018.