One Commerce Plaza

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One Commerce Plaza
One Commerce Plaza (also known as the "Twin Towers") draped in plastic sheathing prior to its exterior renovation
Alternative names Twin Towers
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Architectural style Modernism
Address 99 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12210
Town or city Albany, New York
Country United States
Coordinates 42°39′18″N 73°45′33″W / 42.655087°N 73.759275°W / 42.655087; -73.759275Coordinates: 42°39′18″N 73°45′33″W / 42.655087°N 73.759275°W / 42.655087; -73.759275
Construction started 1970
Completed 1971
Renovated 2007
Height 252 feet (76.8 m)
Technical details
Floor count 20
Design and construction
Architect Julius Tauss

One Commerce Plaza, also known as the Twin Towers, is a private office building located on Washington Avenue in downtown Albany, New York. At 20 floors and 252 feet (77 meters), it is the thirteenth tallest structure in Albany.

One Commerce Plaza was completed in 1971 and originally had a black glass and white marble exterior. Although it is a private office tower, much of the building is occupied by New York State government offices. Its lobby features several eateries.

For a few years in the 2000s, the building was draped in white plastic sheathing. This preceded an exterior renovation, when the marble panels of the original facade were replaced with metal composite ones because the marble was too thick for exterior use.

On April 30, 2007, a chunk of marble fell off One Commerce Plaza, injuring three people. It was reported that high wind gusts were responsible for the chunk letting loose from the building, which was under renovation at the time.[1]

Another view of One Commerce Plaza, with new metal paneling

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  1. ^ Danielle Furfaro (2007-05-01). "Three injured by falling marble". Albany Times-Union. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-05-17.