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Three Architecture Firms Retained for Penn Station District Development

Architectural Record reports that Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Foster + Partners, and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) have been retained by a joint venture of the Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust as architects for the multi-billion-dollar-project to redevelop the Pennsylvania Station district. The article [SOM, Foster, and KPF to Remake Penn Station] by Russell Fortmeyer published 16 July 2007, noted that Foster will prepare the master plan for the site which includes Penn Station, Madison Square Garden (MSG), and One and Two Penn Plaza, two office towers. David Childs, a partner with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, says his firm will focus on the Moynihan Station project in the Farley Post Office building. The article notes that “Moynihan Station could act as the front door to a relocated MSG to the west, as well as house retail space that may include a large department store.” It also notes that Kohn Pedersen Fox will design a 2-million-square-foot skyscraper that will be taller than the Empire State Building, for a site at the corner of 34th Street and 7th Avenue. The named sources for the article are Bud Perrone, with Rubenstein Communications, who is a spokesman for the developers; Errol Cockfield, a spokesperson for the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC); and David Childs.