The New York Wheel

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), fire protection, information technology, audio visual, and security services for the design of The New York Wheel—a 625-foot-tall Ferris wheel in Staten Island, New York, and an associated 110,000-square-foot terminal building.


  • Size: 130,000 square feet
  • Client/Owner: New York Wheel LLC
  • Architect: Perkins Eastman in association with S9 Architecture
  • Contractor: Holder Construction
  • Completion Date: Ongoing


The terminal building contains public circulation and queuing/loading areas, exhibit areas, entertainment areas with a 4-D motion theatre, and retail (food, beverage, and general retail). The project also includes 295,900 square feet of garage space, which includes approximately 950 spaces. Tetra Tech designed building systems including a high-efficiency chiller plant with magnetic bearing chillers for cooling, a high-efficiency condensing boiler plant for heating, a redundant emergency generator plant to support both the terminal building and the wheel in case of a power outage, and a demand control ventilation system with energy recovery for reduced energy usage. Tetra Tech also designed sustainable systems including photovoltaic panels and wind turbines that supply partial electric load.

Image courtesy of Perkins Eastman