Jacking of the steel super columns was recently performed for TSX Broadway, the soon-to-be Times Square luxury hotel with high-end retail space, a permanent outdoor stage, and huge outdoor advertising space. McLaren assisted steel erector, J.C. Steel with part of the install procedures for the large plates and the jacking method statement. The load in the super columns was estimated at 9,000,000 lbs and went up smoothly in only 4 hours! Howard I. Shapiro and Associates, Consulting Engineers, P.C., stability engineer during construction, designed the jacking procedure and was responsible for the overall structural stability of the rebuilt 46-story, 550,000 square foot world-class NYC building.
Demolition on this project began on the 46th floor of the original building, using the elevator shafts as a giant chute to safely discard scrap material and debris from each gutted level. The bottom 25 percent of the existing structure will be preserved and the additional floors rebuilt. The building’s historic Palace Theater will be lifted 30 feet higher from its current position to the future sixth floor in order to make room for new retail space below.