Construction is only a few floors away from topping out at the phase one tower for KRE Group and National Real Estate Advisors' Journal Squared mixed-use development. The phase one residential tower from Handel Architects and HWKN is part of a 2.3 million square feet, three tower master plan for the site adjacent to the Journal Square Transportation Center at Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City.
Rising 53 stories when completed, the phase one tower includes the first of the master plan's 1,838 residential rental units and a portion of the 36,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The tower's massing steps back as it rises and is clad with a grid of white metal panels and punched windows. To break down the repetitive envelope, thin metal panels in various shades of blue flag the windows on alternating sides while several large vertical strips of glazing rip through the tower, further breaking down the larger form.
Construction on the first phase tower is slated for mid 2016, with the other two towers to follow.
Architects: Handel Architects with HWKN; Developers: KRE (Kushner Real Estate Group) and National Real Estate Advisors, a division of NEBF; Structural Engineer: WSP; Mechanical Engineer: Barone Engineering Associates; Building Envelope Consultant: Israel Berger & Associates; Landscape Architect: Melillo + Bauer Associates, Inc.; Identity: Bruce Mau Design; Program: Residential, Retail, and Parking; Location: Jersey City, New Jersey; Completion: 2016 (Phase One).