Hudson Yards

In cities around the world, we’re seeing surface level infrastructure buried to accommodate the demand for increasingly dense urban development. In the case of Hudson Yards in New York, located on the 28-acre West Side Rail Yard between 34th and 30th Streets, 10th Ave., and the Hudson River, the sheer scale of the project and potential to generate a new neighborhood is enticing.


  • Onsite power generation and monitoring
  • Continual monitoring of traffic patterns, air quality, power demand, temperature, pedestrian flow and environmental conditions with ongoing optimization for safety and comfort
  • Heat Control – The train yard can reach a scorching 150°F warming the soil. A sophisticated network of tubing will circulate cooling liquids to protect the plants’ roots.
  • Ventilation – To remove heat generated by trains, a ventilation system powered by 15 fans (commonly used in commercial jet engines) will supply fresh air at 45 MPH to the train tracks below.
  • Smart Soil – A “soil sandwich” of sand and gravel between two concrete slabs is being constructed to compensate for the shallow platform depth to protect plants’ roots and promote growth that is wide and shallow. This advanced layering includes provisions for soil aeration, irrigation, drainage, root development and ongoing control of nutrients.
  • Irrigation – Every drop of rainwater that falls on the Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens will be collected into a 60,000-gallon tank and reused for irrigation. This will save 6.5-megawatt hours of energy and offset 5 tons of greenhouse gas every year.



Real Estate Owner/Developer:

Oxford Properties

Architects & Designers:

KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates)
David Childs/SOM (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill)
Elkus Manfredi Architects
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
David Rockwell (Rockwell Group)
Foster + Partners
Nelson, Byrd, Woltz (NBW)
Heatherwick Studio
Ismael Leyva Architects


Tishman Construction
Tutor Perini


Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B)
Thornton Tomasetti
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services


CS Technology
Code Consultants, Inc.
Gordon H. Smith Corp
Jenkins & Huntington
L’Observatoire International
Philip Habib & Associates
RWDI, Inc.
T&M Assoc
Viridian Energy & Environment

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