The Beekman Tower is set on a 42,000 SF site in lower Manhattan. The building is a 75-story mixed-use tower, which houses a New York City Public School, office space for the New York Downtown Hospital, and over nine hundred residential units.
The classical proportions of the tower conform to the New York City setback rules, creating a tall wedding cake design typical in the city. The wall of the tower undulates in soft folds reminiscent of fabric. The apartment windows perforate this sculptural stainless steel cladding. As the windows move out into the apex of the folds, they create bay windows with window seats on the apartment interiors. Each floor of the tower has a unique configuration, due to the undulating facade. Each residential unit will have a unique shape where it connects with the exterior facade.
Gehry Partners, WSP Cantor, Seinuk, JB&B
Trimble Consulting worked with the client to improve the design process, automate design to fabrication, accelerate collaboration, create accountability and optimize design.
Trimble Consulting provided the technical infrastructure and services, integrating the process from design through supply chain management. This work was focused on developing custom tools for automating the development of critical construction information, and for developing the composite project 3D database. The curtain wall design and fabrication was a specific focus for this effort.
The Beekman Tower is informed by specific programmatic issues in the layout of individual panel elements, and by the specific economic requirements of developing the design intentions into a mass customizable, panelized curtain wall system. The programmatic requirements included addressing the segmentation of the overall surface geometry by floors, while the horizontal partitioning interfaces with the programmatic rhythm of columns, and the layout of rooms within the individual units.
The goal of the automation process was to develop custom tools which would allow designers to modify the surface qualities while incorporating the cost variations of specific panel typologies into an overall development of the panelization. The result is an overall façade design incorporating fabrication logics and associated unit costs of different panel geometries into a solution that satisfies the overall design intentions of the surface geometry, the detailed construction logic of each panel, the communication requirements of the fabrication between design and fabrication, and both micro and macro cost metrics.
The subcontractors on the project tied into the modeling system to fabricate and build some of the major components of the building, which greatly minimized the number of RFI’s on the project, resulting in significant cost and time savings on the superstructure and curtain wall construction.