Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Location:New York, NY
Client:Tishman Speyer Properties

The observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Center went under a 75 million dollar renovation from the original ocean liner theme of the deck. It is considered the best panoramic view in New York City because one can see the entire skyline including the Empire State Building. The observation is a popular New York tourist attraction. Its new entrance features a three-level atrium with a helical spiral stairway that introduces the idea of ascent. The centerpiece of the lobby is a cascading crystal chandelier, designed by the architects in collaboration with Swarovski. As an alternative to fencing or railings, the decks’ safety enclosures are cantilevered, 8.5 foot tall glass panels that are designed to be unobtrusive to the landmark Indiana limestone and cast-aluminum parapet.

Vidaris has been involved on Top of the Rock off and on since 2003, and was recently active with inspecting the observation deck. Having also conducted Local Law 11/98 (FISP) inspections, consulted on the building’s window replacement and facade cleaning, and inspected terrace doors and glass screen panels, we are very familiar with the project and its existing conditions.

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