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JP Morgan Chase unveils new Park Avenue headquarters tower

JP Morgan Chase’s new headquarters at 270 Park Avenue will accommodate 14,000 employees. It is currently under construction.
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The shy Park Avenue colossus – also known as JP Morgan Chase’s new headquarters tower – has finally come out of hiding.

The financial giant on Thursday unveiled the long-secret design for its new 1,388-foot-tall cloudbuster, which it has kept under wraps even after construction began two years ago.

The slowly rising giant at 270 Park Avenue at East 49th Street, designed by Foster + Partners, features a series of classically inspired lapels on the Park and Madison sides, each lapel adorned with a monumental steel diamond.

It will be 500 feet taller than the old bank building and will accommodate 14,000 employees, up from the original 3,500.

The full-block skyscraper will also have 2.5 times more public outdoor space at ground level than its predecessor.

Monumental triangular braces, now visible on the site, will raise the current building 80 feet off the ground, creating a view corridor from the Park Avenue entrance to Madison Avenue.

Completion is scheduled for the end of 2025.

Lobby of the new JPM tower
The tower lobby will be a beehive for workers and others who will congregate in the nearly 1,400-foot new building.
Lobby of the new JP Morgan tower.
The tower was built by threading the required foundation through Grand Central Terminal, which had to be approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which says having such a large employer near a transit hub is ideal for New York.

The project caps bank CEO Jamie Dimon’s long quest for a new home in Manhattan, which has scoured other places to build on, from the Battery to Central Park. Tishman Speyer is the company’s development partner.

Dimon praised the tower’s “state-of-the-art technology, health and wellness amenities and public spaces” as “the best location in one of the greatest cities in the world.”

The new 270 Park Ave. is the first project to take advantage of the recent rezoning of East Midtown, which allows for much larger structures than previously permitted.

Rendering of the New York skyline with the new JP Morgan tower
The 1,388ft tall JP Morgan Chase tower will make a statement on the New York skyline – seen here in a rendering with the tower at 270 Park Avenue in the foreground.
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In return for a hefty bounty, JP Morgan Chase contributed approximately $65 million in “public domain” improvements.

They included a large plaza on the Madison Avenue side and a new street entrance to the Grand Central underpass.

The complex project required running the foundation through Grand Central Terminal and the new LIRR terminal below.

MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said, “Putting thousands of jobs alongside better public transit is key to New York’s future and this project has been a model of public-private partnership.

New York Post

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