Construction Update: High Line Headquarters

Taken last month, this photographs shows construction crews lifting pallets of Roman brick from the courtyard onto the building’s fourth floor. Photo by Melissa Mansur

When you visit the park’s southern terminus this month, you will see the future home of maintenance and operations at the High Line taking shape. When it opens next year, the four-story building, called the High Line Headquarters, will provide critical space for High Line staff and park equipment, as well as a public elevator, public restrooms, and a public programming room.

Join us after the jump for more photos and an update on construction.

We’ve made major progress since our last update in May.

Through the summer and into the fall, construction crews were hard at work completing the majority of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems within the building. They have now begun installing metal framing for the interior walls, partitions, and door frames, as well as laying exterior brickwork.

Over the coming months, you can expect to see crews enclosing the structure and putting the finishing touches on the building’s exterior. In the coming weeks they’ll be installing floor-to-ceiling windows and the remainder of the brickwork, and beginning the interior fit-out. This work will include the installation of tiles and carpets, ceilings, lighting, cabinets and countertops, and furniture.


High Line Headquarters is just one of the exciting developments along the High Line. In addition to the designing the High Line Headquarters, Renzo Piano Building Workshop is also designing the future downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is set to open in 2015, and the exterior of our new restaurant under the High Line, which is set to open in 2014.

View from the passenger elevator onto the Whitney’s future plaza and the intersection of Gansevoort and Washington Streets. Photo by Steven Severinghaus
Public elevator will serve both the High Line and the HLHQ. The north and south faces of the structure will be glass, revealing the cab in motion within. Photo by Timothy Schenck
This summer, the final concrete work was done on the roof. Photo by Timothy Schenck
A worker smooths the concrete on the roof slab. Photo by Timothy Schenck
An autumn view from the roof of High Line Headquarters. Photo by Melissa Mansur
Metal framing installation in progress recently. Photo by Oliver Rich
Crews are working to complete the metal framing and electrical connections. Photos by Rich Li-Chi Wang and Timothy Schenck
Electrical panels are located on each floor to feed the various uses. Once the building is enclosed, final connections will be completed. Photo by Lee Patrick
Earlier this summer, workers created interior walls for the building. Photo by Timothy Schenck
Pallets of roman brick stage for installation on the third floor planting terrace and maintenance & operations driveway. Photo by Melissa Mansur
View of exterior brick installation. The exterior wall is comprised on CMU block, waterproofing membrane, insulation, an air cavity, and the exterior roman brick. The L-shaped clips are installed when the CMU block is laid and receives the insulation. Photos by Rich Li-Chi Wang and Timothy Schenck
Although covered by scaffolding, significant progress has been made installing the exterior brick facade. What's unusual about the brick is its shape—it's flatter and longer than most brick. The brick is referred to as roman brick and has an industrial quality. Photo by Rich Li-Chi Wang.
Patrick Hazari (center) Friends of the High Line Manager of Design & Capital Projects has invited staff and volunteers to tour the construction site. Photo by Steven Severinghaus
The building should be fully-enclosed in February and High Line Staff are expected to move in in late summer 2013. Photo by Melissa Mansur
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