Plaza Construction has announced the opening of a new entry pavilion at the recently renamed Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) that can hold an estimated 100,000 commuters each day.
The Entry Hall Pavilion, which is part of the first phase of landlord Brookfield Office Properties‘s $250 million renovation of the property, allows PATH and subway commuters easy access to Brookfield Place and Goldman Sachs headquarters. The ambitious renovation plans also include a marketplace and food vendors that have drawn comparisons to Mario Batali‘s Eataly.
Brookfield chose Plaza Construction to build the 8,000-square-foot, 55-foot tall commuter cube. Spector Group and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects collaborated on the design of the structure. PCP boss Rafael Pelli is the son of Cesar Pelli, who designed the World Financial Center for Olympia & York in the early 1980s. The once-mighty O&Y was just in the news following the death of company patriarch Paul Reichmann last week.
Just last week, the Institute of Culinary Education signed a 71,000-square-foot deal at Brookfield Place. Brookfield President of Leasing David Cheikin said in a prepared statement at the time that “Brookfield Place has emerged as New York City’s destination of choice for the fusion of world-class dining, luxury brand retail, and performance arts, all within the beauty of the Hudson River Park and the reach of Lower Manhattan subway system.”