The Moinian Group has begun work on the foundation of 3 Hudson Boulevard, the developer’s 66-story, approximately 2 million-square-foot office tower located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards District.

Set to occupy the entire square block between 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard Park from West 34th Street to West 35th Street, 3 Hudson Boulevard’s foundation sits on the densest bedrock in Manhattan requiring no platform. The site is conjoined underground with the No. 7 subway extension which opened last fall.

According to the developer, the amenity-rich building continues to attract interest from major tenants looking to move to the Far West Side as 3 Hudson Boulevard also anchors Hudson Boulevard Park — the ‘Park Avenue’ of the Hudson Yards District. Including a full complement of fountains, green space, public seating, and event space, Hudson Boulevard Park opened to the public in 2015 and will be at the front door of 3 Hudson Boulevard.

“The Far West Side of Manhattan will become one of the greatest new neighborhoods in the history of New York — and across the world,” said Joseph Moinian, CEO of The Moinian Group.

Construction of the foundation is anticipated to be completed by late 2017. A portion of 3 Hudson Boulevard’s foundation is already being built as part of the MTA’s current infrastructure work for the second entrance to the 34th Street Station on the new No. 7 subway extension. The expedient nature of this phase, a true public/private partnership, allows construction to begin on the tower and plans to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. The specifics of the building’s interior will be customized to fit the needs of the anchor office tenant.

“The Hudson Yards District will be unparalleled upon its completion, with our building,3 Hudson Boulevard, serving as the pinnacle of this new construction,” said Aron Kirsch, the Moinian Group’s Senior Vice President of Development. “Completing the foundation of 3 Hudson Boulevard will serve as a catalyst to finalize a project Joe has envisioned for more than 20 years.”

Designed by the prominent architect Dan Kaplan FAIA, LEED, of FXFOWLE Architects, 3 Hudson Boulevard includes 48,000-square-foot floor plates on the podium level, 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot, column-free floor plates in the tower office floors, 10-foot-high finished ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The tower’s architecture integrates the best practices of workplace design and efficiency, allowing tenants to densify operations while maintaining an open, flexible, light-filled environment.

“We are in negotiations with several large tenants for 3 Hudson Boulevard as a possible venue for their new headquarters space,” Joseph Moinian said. “Completing the foundation only fills the market with confidence and added enthusiasm that this spectacular building, on the best site in the Hudson Yards District, will be ready for occupancy, timed perfectly to the large space users looking to relocate to a premier, Class A tower.”

Arthur Mirante II, President of Avison Young’s Tristate Region, who leads the 3 Hudson Boulevard leasing efforts on behalf of the Moinian Group noted, “And now that the 7 line extension and Hudson Boulevard Park have both opened to the public, there’s more excitement about the Far West Side than ever. This is our time.”