Manhattan, NY The Janus Property Co. celebrated the topping out of the Taystee Lab Building. The 11-story, 350,000 s/f, LEED-certified, class-A lab and office building was designed by architecture and engineering firms Levenbetts, SLCE and BR+A. Construction management for the project is being provided by Lendlease.
The projected construction cost was not disclosed.
The facility will house organizations specializing in the life sciences, technology, academia, non-profit, retail and the arts, among the many industry sectors allowed as-of-right in this mixed-use district.
“Janus is excited to celebrate this major milestone in the realization of the Manhattanville Factory District’s full potential,” said Scott Metzner, principal, Janus. “The Taystee Lab Building and our other projects in the District deliver on the concerted effort of the community, New York City, New York State, and Janus to grow a robust life sciences community.”
This ground-up development is a technologically enabled project that will accommodate a range of tenants, from life sciences to creative TAMI, retail and academic users, mirroring the diversity of the neighborhood. Flexible floor plates run from 36,000 s/f at the base to 15,000 s/f in the penthouse, while all floors have expansive, 14-ft. floor-to-floor sections of glass curtain wall. Additionally, the project has 20,000 s/f of outdoor space on multiple levels, including a landscaped courtyard that provides direct access from 125th St. through the Manhattanville Factory District.
“As New York City’s life science industry grows, leveraging the abundance of highly educated STEM talent here, Janus is eager to continue to provide innovators with a place to thrive,” said Jerry Salama, principal, Janus.
The Manhattanville Factory District is a master-planned neighborhood of more than one million square feet in West Harlem, developed by Janus and stretching from West 125th to West 128th Streets at Amsterdam Avenue at the A,B,C,D and 1 trains. A major focus has been to build an active streetscape integrated into the existing West Harlem fabric, including a significant new life science cluster to add to City College and Columbia University’s growing presence in this field. Design strategies preserve the existing architecture and spirit of the neighborhood while adding new state-of-the-art lab facilities. The District creates a collaborative corridor anchored by Columbia University, Columbia Medical Center, City College, New York Structural Biology Center and Harlem Biospace, and brings much needed, publicly accessible open space to this reimagined industrial neighborhood.