Behind the Scenes: Building the American Copper Buildings' Skybridge

A new video by JDS Development Group, Building Knowhow: Skybridge, begins with an anecdote of a day when the firemen showed up at the site. “We got a call – the buildings are falling down!” the chief fireman told Michael Jones, director of JDS. Jones responded with a chuckle, "they're supposed to be like that!"

Located on the East Side of Manhattan, the American Copper Buildings, designed by New York-based SHoP Architects, test the boundaries of engineering. In an informative video, JDS Development Group documents the building of a skybridge between the towers, outlining their detail-oriented, step-by-step approach. Located 300 feet in the air, it is New York's first major skybridge in 80 years.

However, the skybridge is not merely a 'footpath' between the towers; the bridge also transfers electricity and condenser water between the towers. 

SHoP Architect’s designs for 626 First Avenue were revealed only last year, and the building is estimated for completion in 2017.

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Cite: Inez Vilar. "Behind the Scenes: Building the American Copper Buildings' Skybridge" 12 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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