A month ago, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unveiled two new towers that are part of a $3.4 billion plan that will add considerable bulk to the University City skyline in West Philadelphia. On the University City side, the University-City-Tower at the presumed address 3401 Civic Center Boulevard will rise across the street from the CHOP Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at 3500 Civic Center Boulevard. On the Southwest Center City side, 690 Schuylkill Avenue will stand to the northeast of the CHOP Robert’s Center for Advanced Research as the tower, right next to the iconic South Street Bridge.
690 Schuylkill Avenue will be the shorter of the two buildings, standing 13 stories when built. The CHOP Roberts Center for Advanced Research was one of the very first major structures of the overall master plan, with the tower was finished recently back in 2017. The $600 million tower that is planned to rise is designed by Canno Design with a design very similar to that of the Roberts Center. Both towers feature curved facades with smaller curves being pushed into the tower, while also having an angled crown that points to the sky.
The University City tower will be taller, set to rise 22 stories and will be constructed at a cost of $1.9 billion. The tower will rise in a more densely clustered, development-heavy area, with the Buerger Center finished nearby in 2016 and the CHOP Hub for Clinical Collaboration currently under construction, set to be finished in two years. The building was designed by ZGF Architects and The Ballinger Company and will feature an all-glass skin with colorful strips that will enhance the design.