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Hyatt Hotel
Union Square This large corner site, adjacent to city subway tunnels, consisted of an architecturally elaborate two-story building underbuilt by 50,000 square feet. The proposed solution was to retain the perimeter wall and footings, preserve and restore the street facades. This eliminated structural work adjacent to the tunnel, expedited approvals from the Transit Authority and kept the historic character. A new, deeper cellar and foundation are excavated behind the street walls to support an eleven story steel building, utilizing the full development rights to provide 180 rooms. The metal panel façade of the upper building contrasts with the older base, but incorporates its window and awning motifs. Read more about this at [The ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER.com].