Port Authority Releases Renderings for Proposed LEED Gold 20 Times Square

Three different renderings from some of the world’s leading architects have been revealed for this ambitious project that would rise about the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Eighth Avenue near Times Square.

At a meeting held earlier today, the Port Authority unveiled renderings from three firms for 20 Times Square, the 1.3 million-square foot, 42-story LEED (for Core and Shell) Gold tower that Vornado Realty Trust and Ruben Cos. plan to co-develop above the north wing of the agency’s Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue. From left to right in the image, Pelli Clarke Pelli (The Visionaire), Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners (Tower 3 at the World Trade Center along Greenwich Street), and KPF (Court Square Two, One Jackson Square, and the Beer Belly Building) present three very different visions for the tower, ranging from Pelli’s artistic curtain wall and KPF’s glass box that evokes the Lever House (and Boston Properties’ “redux” on West 55th Street) to Rogers’ series of stacked boxes that is easily the most ambitious of the three concepts.

Vornado and Ruben are leasing the air rights over the Bus Terminal from the Port Authority, and the agency will use those funds to upgrade its facility with 60,000 square feet of retail and 18 new bus gates in order to boost passenger capacity by 18 percent during peak rush hours. Once the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners approves the plan, construction could commence as early as 2009 and wrap up by 2013. In terms of an anchor tenant, law firm Paul Weiss remains in negotiations with Vornado for 500,000 square feet of space across the building’s middle floors- over a third of the building’s 1.3 million square feet- at what’s rumored to be $95 per square foot.

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