Out of Thin Air – Hudson Yards


Out of Thin Air – Hudson Yards

Joseph Good, Langan

3:30 p.m., October 26, 2023   |   140 DeBartolo Hall

Hudson Yards is the largest private development in the history of North America and incredible coordination and planning was required in order to pull it off.  The overall development includes 12 million square feet of Class A office, residential, hotel, retail, cultural and parking uses, 12 acres of public open space, and a 750-seat public school.  Even more impressive is the fact that the project was constructed out of thin air, on a parcel of land that was previously in the Hudson River and currently operates as an active rail yard.  

Old black & white photo of the Hudson Rail Yards.

This presentation will include a look inside both the technical and coordination efforts behind the Hudson Yards mega project.  Langan Engineering performed environmental, geotechnical, and civil engineering on the projects and also provided survey and laser scanning services. 

The presentation will be given from the perspective of the day-to-day point person responsible for a combined multi-disciplinary approach who interacted with the various project stakeholders including owner, lenders, agencies and the extensive design and construction teams tasked with executing this amazing project.

Joseph Good is an environmental engineer with over 17 years of experience working on both national and international projects.  After almost 15 years in NYC, he relocated to open the Chicago office for Langan where he is responsible for the performance and quality of his team and financial metrics for a national client base. 

His technical work focuses on environmental assessments and client support under numerous state and federal regulatory programs.  Mr. Good’s extensive consulting experience includes everything from initial site assessment and due diligence support through remedial implementation and site closure.  He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Master of Engineering from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is a registered Professional Engineer in IL, NY, MI, MO, IA, IN, and MN.