The James A. Farley Building, designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1913 for the United States Postal Service, is a NYC architectural treasure and an extremely important part of New York City’s past and current architecture. With the construction of the Moynihan Train Hall recently completed, the building now serves as a critical part of the region’s rail system, and is a home for the Postal Service, Amtrak, and future NYC home for Facebook.
This Postal Service Project included a consolidation and reconfiguration of the postal occupancy within the building. New USPS spaces include a new administrative office and conference space for the New York USPS District, headquarters for the United States Postal Inspectors and the Postal Police, a new postal employee entrance lobby, a Business Caller Mail Lobby and a new Passport Acceptance Center. The project also included an update of the 8th Avenue Postal Retail Operation, USPS loading docks and platforms, and a brand new space for the Farley carrier operation. The USPS occupancy is approximately 277,000 sq. ft. in areaand is broadcast over three floors in the building over the length of an entire city block, from 8th Avenue to 9th Avenue.
The most important architectural challenge was to design contemporary, efficient, and technically sound space, critical to the current Postal Service operations, while also celebrating the historic character of this magnificent building, and paying tribute to the generations of postal workers who were part of the legacy of this building.