When the late great Penn Station was torn down for Madison Square Garden in 1964, a rectan- gle was replaced by a square. The massive classical columns around the perimeter were dumped in the Jersey Meadowlands, but the steel columns beneath them remained, supporting nothing but the sidewalk. How can we re-use this idle structural capacity?


We can complete this structure in less than twenty (20) months after we get approvals, and the base is integrated with the redevelopment plan chosen through the RFP/RFEI process for the balance of the Empire Station.That is possible because we are not building new foundations.We are utilizing unused capacity in existing foundations.

The old Penn Station was a rectangular building with massive granite columns all around its perimeter. Madison Square Garden is a circular building. When the Garden was built, the old perimeter columns were dumped in the meadowlands. But the foundations of the columns were left untouched. When their capacity is brought together in a single ring beam around the Garden, they are strong enough to hold up The Halo. Farley Annex offers similar idle structural capacity to hold such a light structure and, depending on the chosen plan to redevelop the Farley Building, additional structural offsets could be possible.


The classical columns around its perimeter were massive. They were made of solid granite; each column was as wide as a car and as tall as a house.