When the developers of 432 Park Avenue staged a topping-out ceremony on Friday, October 10, Buffalo’s cheers were as loud as the ones in New York. That’s because local company Eberl Iron Works turned out to be the only source able to fabricate stair pans to meet the structure’s unique and difficult specifications.
432 Park’s 1,396-foot height makes it the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. Its looming presence in the New York skyline has drawn widespread attention. The giant is taller than the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center, minus their spires, and has a development cost of $1 billion. It is being developed by CIM Group and Harry Macklowe, was designed by Rafael Vinoly, and occupies the site of the demolished Drake Hotel.
Seeking to maximize usable space in the 93’ by 93’ building footprint, builders needed to construct steps whose pitch was different from the usual. The stair design required steel pans with a unique configuration. Only Eberl Iron Works had both the ability and the willingness to tackle such a complex project.
“Because of our expertise, we were the best option,” said John C. Eberl, chief executive officer. “Typical stair pans have only three bends, but these needed seven – that’s why the job was so complicated.” Over the past year, close to 5,000 steel stair pans were cut, bent, painted, packaged and shipped from the company’s Sycamore Street facility.
The tower will open next year, and more than half of its 104 condos have already sold, including the $95 million penthouse. 432 Park Avenue is one of several supertall towers that are taking shape near 57th Street with stunning view of Central Park and beyond.
Full-floor units at the top of the building contain over 8,000 sq.ft. of living space, six bedrooms and seven-and-two-half baths in total, as well as a dining room and library. Units in the building start at $7 million and take off from there.
Family-owned Eberl Iron Works celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013. From its beginnings as a small welding shop, the manufacturer has grown and diversified to comprise five divisions: Metal Fabrication Services, Unistrut Buffalo Supports, Traffic Safety Products, Rooftop Support Systems and Systems Installation & Design. The company maintains headquarters at its original location on Sycamore Street, now greatly expanded, and serves markets across the Northeast.
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