Located on the 26-acre site of the Hudson Yards redevelopment, The Shed is a six-story 200,000 square-foot dynamic exhibition space that will host a wide diversity of visual and performing arts, including film, concerts, ballet, fashion shows and other cultural events. Using industrial crane technology adapted by Hardesty & Hanover, the structure will include 40,000-square-foot of column-free exhibition space and a 16,000-square-foot expandable shed, allowing the space to expand and contract to accommodate many different types of events and audiences.
Working with a team of signature architects and engineers, including Diller Scorfidio+Renfro and Thornton Tomasetti, H&H developed the mechanization concepts for the building shell, which, at the touch of a button, extends out from the building and more than doubles the first-floor exhibition space to 30,000 square feet. H&H also serves as Engineer-of-Record for the complete construction document design and CSS for the mechanization systems.
The structure will host traveling exhibitions and performances from around the world, as well as providing space for New York’s own cultural institutions to host events. Construction for The Shed is scheduled to break ground in 2015 after the work on caisson supported platform over the Hudson Yard tracks is completed. The structure will be open to the public in 2019.
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