New Hudson Facades was founded by Related to address a shortfall in custom curtain wall capacity that was needed to serve the demand for Hudson Yards. The company specializes in custom building façades for some of the most architecturally significant new developments in the U.S. With a corporate headquarters that doubles as a manufacturing facility in Linwood, PA—as well as additional locations in New York, Chicago and Minnesota—New Hudson Facades designs, engineers, manufactures and installs building façades using cutting-edge technologies and automated assembly lines. Some of Related’s developments that the company has contributed to include One Hudson Yards, 15 Hudson Yards, 35 Hudson Yards, 50 Hudson Yards, 55 Hudson Yards, Lantern House, Fifteen Fifty, 520 W 28th Street and Time Warner Center.
New Hudson Facades first began in 2014 as a vertically integrated solution for phase one of Hudson Yards, supplying domestically manufactured exteriors for the new neighborhood’s skyscrapers in order to save time and money in the construction process. Each building façade unit that New Hudson Facades manufactures, known in the industry as curtain wall, is what you see when you look up at the glass, metal and stone exteriors of skyscrapers. Currently one of the top three producers of curtain wall in the country, New Hudson Facades is also contributing to greener buildings nationwide by adhering to higher environmental standards set by developers. To date, nine of Related’s developments with exteriors crafted by New Hudson Facades have achieved LEED Silver accreditation or greater.
One sustainable innovation that New Hudson Facades is using in a number of new buildings—including San Francisco’s Fifteen Fifty and New York City’s 520 W 28th—is electrochromic glass. This special type of glass filters sunlight automatically, darkening as the sunlight becomes brighter throughout the day, which limits both the amount of heat that enters and leaves the building. Electrochromic glass not only contributes to substantial heating and cooling savings every year, but it also allows residents to have more privacy at the touch of a button, as the windows’ tints are adjustable.