The Hudson Yards development is expected to consist of 16 skyscrapers containing more than 12,700,000 ft2 (1,180,000 m2) of commercial office space, a retail center, two levels of restaurants, cafes, markets, bars, a hotel, cultural space, about 5,000 residences, a 750-seat school, and 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of public open space.
10 Hudson Yards is the first building to open on the site, and is expected to draw visitors to the area. The building stands 895 feet tall (270 m), has 52 stories, and boasts 1.7 million ft2 (158,000 m2) of commercial office space and direct access to the High Line. Aiming for LEED Gold certification, the building has storm proof systems, co-generation, thermal micro-grids, efficient air flow systems, advanced lighting controls, equipped with under-floor or overhead air distribution, a central chilled water plant, and water harvesting.
Front collaborated on the project from Schematic Design through Design Development, developing, analyzing, and detailing the primary curtain wall system and generating numerous 3d study models. The resulting primary façade system is a unitized curtain wall, which is either entirely flush at the exterior, shingled in section only at the stack joint, or shingled at both plan and section joints. The system incorporates insulated vision glass units that are continuous from vision to spandrel zones, with shadow boxes behind to conceal the floor slab assemblies. Even with the geometric complexity at stepped joints, the system detailing still incorporates pressure-equalized drained-joint design with a back-up drained chamber for optimal weather-barrier performance.