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RAL tops out Union Square office building

RAL Development Services announced the official topping out of Zero Irving, a new 21-story Class-A office building that will house the Union Square Digital Skills Training Center.

Zero Irving has been designed to grow the next generation of companies, industries and tech workers.

In a ceremony held on September 3, in accordance with COVID-19 safety measures, RAL was joined by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), local officials, and members of the community to mark the occasion.

Urbanspace will operate a food hall in the building

“We are excited to celebrate a major milestone for one of the most promising new developments in the city,” said Spencer Levine, President of RAL Development Services. “We are confident this uniquely transformative public-private project will be an engine of opportunity and prosperity for New Yorkers and the local community. We are proud to be working with the city’s administration, Community Board 3, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Manhattan Borough President  Gale Brewer, and EDC to deliver a project that benefits the local community and all of New York City.”

The 240,000 s/f building will include flexible office space, an event space, a fitness center, and 176,000 s/f of amenitized office space across 14 floors at the top of the mixed-use development.

Zero Irving’s Digital Skills Training Center space will create permanent jobs and prepare New Yorkers to enter one of the city’s fastest-growing business sectors.

Steps away from Union Square, the Digital Skills Training Center at Zero Irving is designed to help diversify New York City’s tech sector and serve as a hub for the city’s growing tech economy.

NYCEDC anticipates the center will create over 550 permanent jobs and also serve as a pathway to good-paying jobs for communities around the Union Square area and across the city.

Zero Irving will incorporate a collaborative accelerator/incubator and co-working center that will focus on advancing innovation, clean tech, smart cities, and digital government services as well as advance creative businesses and further empower local businesses. In addition, the Digital Skills Training Center will provide technology classes that teach in-demand skills that employers are seeking.

“Milestone moments like these reinforce that New York City is and always will be a hub for talent and innovators to call home,” said Rachel Loeb, Chief Operating Officer of New York City Economic Development Corporation. “This project not only builds on the City’s tech ecosystem, it creates pathways to good-paying jobs for New Yorkers. As the City looks towards the future and the economic recovery that lies ahead, investments like these will build a stronger future for us all. We are thrilled to have played a role bringing the community’s vision to life.”

RAL Development Services previously announced the leasing of 10,000 s/f of space at the ground floor for Urbanspace who will operate a new food hall at Zero Irving. The company plans a mixed online/offline platform that will provide enhanced online ordering with delivery and pickup options for building tenants and the local community.

Located at 124 East 14th Street, Zero Irving has several outdoor amenity spaces as well as touchless access from street to desk and private, customizable HVAC systems.

The building embraces the latest in sustainable design and green building technology. Zero Irving is engineered to comply with both WiredScore Platinum and LEED Gold Certifications, providing the Digital Skills Training Center and all tenants with best-in-class connectivity through a design that is sustainable and respectful of the environment.

 Additionally, the building is being constructed using Suffolk’s innovative Plan and Control process that increases predictability during construction and helps to drive down material waste and delays.

The team behind Zero Irving is also comprised by financial partner Junius Real Estate Partners, architecture firm Davis Brody Bond, and construction manager Suffolk.

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