Perkins Eastman’s ‘Waterside at Xchange’ peaks in Secausus, New Jersey

The construction of a new 25-story residence, called “Waterside at Xchange”, has reached its upper floors above Secaucus, New Jersey and is also known as Building G. It is the element the tallest of a number of completed and neighboring residential developments that make up the Xchange at the Secaucus Junction complex. The building is designed by Perkins Eastman and developed by Fraternity Meadows, LLC on what was once empty land nestled between the Hackensack River and Brianna Lane. Nearby is the Secaucus Junction train station south of the New Jersey Turnpike. A total of 403 residential units and four parking floors are expected to be created and housed within Waterside at Xchange.

Waterfront at Xchange. Photo by Michael Young

The reinforced concrete superstructure has an L-shaped mass that rests on a multi-storey podium raised well above the adjacent waterline of the Hackensack River and dominates the surrounding landscape. Its height and the absence of buildings of similar scale and magnitude make it clearly visible from the New Jersey Turnpike. Crews have been steadily assembling the floors over the past year, while work on the facade has yet to begin installation. We can see the bottom half of Xchange with its interior walls mostly in place, while we can still see between the floor slabs on the top of the tower for now. Meanwhile, concrete platforms were seen completing the remaining work on the roof.

Waterfront at Xchange. Photo by Michael Young

Waterfront at Xchange. Photo by Michael Young

Waterfront at Xchange. Photo by Michael Young

The render below can be seen on the Xchange website at Secausus Junction and is facing north. Darker cladding surrounds the podium, while the main tower uses a more uniform glass surface and culminates with a flat roof parapet after reaching a few shallow setbacks at each end. In the middle is a vertical stack of balconies for a number of houses.

Waterfront at Xchange. Designed by Perkins Eastman.

YIMBY expects to see the floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall start going up later this year and interiors will soon follow. Those with a unit against the main east facade will have a perfectly framed view of the entire Manhattan skyline, from the Financial District to Billionaire’s Row, as well as Jersey City further south and Fort Lee to the north. Future residents on the far west side of Xchange will have panoramic sunsets year-round with the American Dream Mall visible to the northwest and the Newark, New Jersey skyline to the southwest.

A completion date has yet to be heard.

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