Construction preparations appear imminent at 3151 Market Street, site of a 185-foot-tall, 14-story tower in University City, West Philadelphia. The building will rise between Market Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and include lab space for use by the nearby universities. Designed by SHoP Architects, a firm with projects all over the world, the exterior originally had yellow exterior cladding, but the latest plans show a green metallic finish. The building is developed by Brandywine Realty Trust as part of the 14-acre Schuylkill Yards development, which plans to include a major cluster of towers, though for now only a small group of high-rises under 500 feet tall have been proposed. The structure will rise two parcels to the west of 3025 Market Street.
Recent photos show some signs of activity at the site, with a construction banner now adorning the chain link fence.
The building was unveiled in July 2020 with renderings showing a trapezoid-shaped tower decorated with thin strips of metal panels running up the east and west faces in a vibrant yellow-orange color. Recently, Brandywine announced that the formerly planned office space was repurposed for lab and life sciences use. With that change, SHoP has also redesigned the exterior with a change to green aluminum panels. The panels will shift in waves as the tower rises, allowing the material to interact with natural light.
The building is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2023.