The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is adding yet another building to a high-rise medical services cluster taking over the southern part of University City. The CHOP Hub For Clinical Collaboration is a 377-foot-tall, 19-story building located at 3501 Civic Center Boulevard. Designed by Perkins+Will, the development will yield more than 550,000 square feet and add 560 beds to the hospital system. The tower’s height will significantly alter the part of the skyline located in an area limited to under 400 feet.
The building was unveiled at the end of April 2019 to the excitement of development watchers who just witnessed the Pavilion by Foster + Partners topping out a few blocks to the north (seen at the far right in the picture above). At the time of the unveiling, the building site was already being prepared for future construction. In October, three Cornell cranes were installed and caisson installation began.
The site is split in two with a driveway leading to the CHOP Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care. Construction on the two sides moves at a different pace. The south side of the site needed to be completed first before construction could commence on the concrete core, while the north side of the site was still being excavated. While the core is currently nearing ten stories, the steel floor assembly has yet to begin. Given the current construction pace, the core could be close to topping out by the end of the year.
The building has an anticipated completion date of 2023.