One Penn Plaza

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One Penn Plaza
One Penn Plaza by David Shankbone.jpg
One Penn Plaza, looking south.
Alternative names 1 Penn Plaza
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial Office
Location 250 West 34th Street, Manhattan, New York, U.S. 10001
Coordinates 40°45′5″N 73°59′35″W / 40.75139°N 73.99306°W / 40.75139; -73.99306Coordinates: 40°45′5″N 73°59′35″W / 40.75139°N 73.99306°W / 40.75139; -73.99306
Construction started 1970
Completed 1972
Owner Vornado Realty Trust
Height
Roof 229 m (751 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 57
Lifts/elevators 44
Design and construction
Architect Kahn & Jacobs
Location next to Madison Square Garden
One Penn Plaza seen from the east

One Penn Plaza (1 Penn Plaza) is a skyscraper in New York City, located between 33rd Street and 34th Street, west of Seventh Avenue, and adjacent to Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. It is the tallest building in the Pennsylvania Plaza complex of office buildings, hotels, and entertainment facilities.

History[edit]

The skyscraper was designed by Kahn & Jacobs and completed in 1972. It reaches 750 feet (230 m) with 57 floors. The tower has three setbacks at 7th, 14th, and 55th floors. From its location on the west side of Manhattan, most south, west and north-facing tenants have unobstructed views of the Hudson River.

One Penn Plaza is currently owned by Vornado Realty Trust. It was previously owned by Helmsley-Spear Inc., and the building was sold by Leona Helmsley and her partners for $420 million in the late 1990s.[1]

In 2009, plans were made to install a cogeneration plant in order to heat the building more efficiently.[2] By 2010, it was reported that when the new plant was activated, it nearly cut the building's carbon output in half.[3]

More than 80 percent of the action in the 2011 independent film Margin Call was shot on the 42nd floor of the building, which had recently been vacated by a trading firm.[4][5]

Architecture[edit]

The building has 14 entrances and 44 elevators in seven banks. An underground parking garage provides 695 spaces for cars and is accessible from both 33rd and 34th Streets. Direct passageways at each end of the building provide underground connections to the Long Island Rail Road concourse of Pennsylvania Station, which is located one block to the south. The ground floor is leased to several commercial tenants, including the top floor of a 142,000 square feet (13,200 m2), three-story K-Mart store (formerly occupied by Woolworth), and a restaurant.[6]

A public plaza and fountain are located on the west end of the building. Unlike traditional fountains, steam is dispensed in the winter and fog is dispensed in the summer to prevent water from splashing out during gusty wind conditions.[7]

One Penn Plaza is built with structural steel and concrete, with grey solar glass and anodized aluminum on the outside walls.

Tenants[edit]

  • Mitel Networks, a unified communications solution provider, occupies a suite of offices on the 25th floor.
  • The Negotiation Institute (TNI) is headquartered in One Penn Plaza and occupies the 49th floor.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff is headquartered in One Penn Plaza and occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors.
  • URS Corporation New York City Office occupies most of the 6th and 7th floors of One Penn Plaza.
  • Riverbed Technology occupies a suite of offices on the 17th floor.
  • Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP, a white shoe law firm, occupies the entire 44th floor.
  • Insight Enterprises has offices on the 19th floor.
  • Cookie Jar Entertainment has an office in Suite 3324.[8]
  • Fullymail America, 20th and 21st floor.
  • Milliman, Inc., a worldwide actuarial consulting firm, occupies the 38th floor.
  • Rockwell Securities, an investment firm, occupies the 16th floor.
  • Cisco Systems, a Fortune 500 IT networking and telephony company, occupies the 9th floor.
  • Polycom, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, occupies the 48th floor.
  • DLB Associates,[9] the mechanical and electrical engineers for the majority of Google's datacenters worldwide, occupies the 26th floor.
  • Icon Penn Plaza Parking, will operate the 695 car underground parking garage as of April 1, 2013
  • The North Highland Company, a management consulting firm
  • Blue Polo Interactive,[10] has an office in suite 5320.
  • Logicalis Inc., US Headquarters is located on the 51st floor.

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to One Penn Plaza at Wikimedia Commons