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Janus Company tops out its new Taystee Lab Building in Harlem

The 11-story Taystee Lab Building is part of the Manhattanville Factory District

The Janus Property Company has topped out the Taystee Lab Building, an 11-story, 350,000 s/f, LEED-Certified, Class-A lab and office building in Janus’ master-planned Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem.

Designed by architecture and engineering firms LEVENBETTS, SLCE and BR+A, the facility will house organizations specializing in the life sciences, technology, academia, non-profit, retail and the arts, among the many industry sectors allowed as-of-right in the mixed-use district.

Construction management for the project is being provided by Lendlease.

“Janus is excited to celebrate this major milestone in the realization of the Manhattanville Factory District’s full potential,” said Scott Metzner, principal, Janus.

“The Taystee Lab Building and our other projects in the District deliver on the concerted effort of the community, New York City, New York State, and Janus to grow a robust life sciences community.”

The ground-up development is a technologically enabled project that will accommodate a range of tenants, from life sciences to creative TAMI, retail and academic users, mirroring the diversity of the neighborhood.

Floor plates run from 36,000 s/f at the base to 15,000 s/ft in the penthouse, while all floors have 14 ft. floor-to-floor sections of glass curtain wall. The property has nearly 20,000 s/f of outdoor space on multiple levels, including a landscaped courtyard that provides direct access from 125th street through the Manhattanville Factory District.

“As New York City’s life science industry grows, leveraging the abundance of highly educated STEM talent here, Janus is eager to continue to provide innovators with a place to thrive,” said Jerry Salama, principal, Janus.

The Manhattanville Factory District is a master-planned neighborhood of more than one million square feet in West Harlem, developed by Janus and stretching from West 125th to West 128th Streets at Amsterdam Avenue at the A,B,C,D and 1 trains.

A major focus has been to build an active streetscape integrated into the existing West Harlem fabric, including a new life science cluster to add to City College and Columbia University’s growing presence in this field.

Design strategies preserve the existing architecture and spirit of the neighborhood while adding new state-of-the-art lab facilities.

The District creates a collaborative corridor anchored by Columbia University, Columbia Medical Center, City College, New York Structural Biology Center and Harlem Biospace, and brings much needed, publicly accessible open space to this reimagined industrial neighborhood.

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