Harborside Financial Center - Plaza 10

Jersey City, New Jersey

Harborside Financial Center - Plaza 10
  • Project Type: 20 Story Class-A Office Building
  • Size: 575,000 sq. ft.
  • General Contractor: Jeffrey M. Brown Associates Inc.
  • Architect: HLW International LLP
  • Engineer: Thornton-Tomassetti Engineers
  • Property Owner: Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

2002 was a big year for Mack-Cali Realty Corp.'s 5.5-acre Harborside Financial Center on the shores of the Hudson River in Jersey City.

Three new buildings were completed - the $275 million, 980,000-sq.-ft. Plaza 5; the $52.5 million, 287,000-sq.-ft. Hyatt Regency Hotel; and Plaza 10, a second new office building that cost $125 million and adds 575,000 sq. ft. to Harborside Financial Center.

The 20-story tower designed by HLW International LLP began construction in mid-2000 and was completed in 2002. Plaza 10 increases the office space with Harborside Financial Center to 3.7 million sq. ft. It has 16 office floors along with ground, mezzanine and roof floors. The building's location on the shore of the river meant that a pile foundation was necessary. The Thornton-Tomasetti Group Inc., the project's structural engineer, conducted wind-tunnel testing and concluded that the winds along the river would result in strong torsional wind loads.

These high torsional winds required the use of rock anchors to anchor the building's core to the ground and prevent uplift on some of the building's main core trusses.

Similarly, these high wind loads, had a direct effect on the structure itself. The heart of the building, a structural steel braced core, was the main challenge on the project. From extra heavy built-up sections to gusset plates of over 10 feet high, Supermetal's engineering department had to figure how to transfer these loads down the structure while ensuring the dimensional properties of the connections did not interfere with architectural features on the project.


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Printed on: Thursday, February 22, 2018