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The Beekman

Tower construction as of October 10, 2009
General information
Location 8 Spruce Street
New York City, New York
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 40°42′39″N 74°00′20″W / 40.71083°N 74.00556°W / 40.71083; -74.00556
Status Topped out (Under Construction)
Groundbreaking 2006
Estimated completion 2010(est.) (top-off in late 2009)
Opening 2010
Use Mixed Use
Roof 867 Ft (267 m)
Technical details
Floor count 76
Floor area 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2)
Companies involved
Architect(s) Frank Gehry
Structural engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk
Developer Forest City Ratner

The Beekman, also known as Beekman Tower a is a 76-story skyscraper designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry currently under construction in the New York City borough of Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street, just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge. It is also adjacent to the main campus of Pace University.



The Beekman Tower will be one of the tallest buildings in New York City. Developed by Forest City Ratner , designed by Frank Gehry, construction to be completed by Kreisler Borg Florman. It will contain a public elementary school, which the Department of Education will own.[1] It is slated to open in 2010.[2] Its structural frame will be all reinforced concrete.


Public Elementary School

The school will be sheathed in tan brick, covering the first five floors of the building.[1] It will cover Pre-K through eighth grade. A 4th floor roof deck will hold 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of outdoor play space.[2] The school will take up approximately 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2), and will seat 630 students.[3]

Luxury Rentals

Above the elementary school will be a 903-unit luxury residential tower clad in stainless steel. It will not contain any units for purchase.[2] The apartments will range 500 to 1,600 square feet (150 m2), and will consist of studios, one- two- and three-bedrooms. All will be priced at market-rate, with no rent control or discounted apartments.[4]

Other Space

The building will also include space for New York Downtown Hospital.[2] The hospital will take up 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2), and will have public parking below ground. There will be public plazas on both the east and west sides of the building, one 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) and the other somewhat smaller.[3][5] Street-level retail, totaling approximately 1,300-2,500 square feet, is included as part of the project.[3]



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