One of the last available parcels at Rittenhouse Square is making way for The Laurel Rittenhouse Square at 1911 Walnut Street. The 599-foot, 48-story rental and condominium tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, is one of the most exciting projects in the city, with a massive height that will make a new mark on the growing skyline. It is currently the tallest building under construction in the city, with a projected height 17 feet above that of the W/Element Hotel that is nearing completion a few blocks east at 1441 Chestnut Street.
Though progress was set back by six weeks earlier this year, Hunter Roberts Construction Group has the tower back on the rise as the concrete core has risen to the sixth floor. As Gerald Green stated on The Laurel Rittenhouse’s Instagram page, the tower has reached “the hardest part of the job,” as the third floor will feature a massive concrete slab to support the structure above.
The next floor will be a smaller amenity floor, but the floor above shifts to form a cantilever jutting out about 20 feet to the west. When the tower rises above that cantilever, the progress should speed up just as it did at The Arthaus project on Broad Street. The Laurel will feature a wide profile viewed from the east and west with a slim profile when viewed from the north and south. The tower is divided into four sections, each stepping back from Walnut Street to reach the cross-braced crown that will be illuminated at night.
The Laurel Rittenhouse Square is scheduled for a 2022 completion.