The lower basement floors are currently under construction at the Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street in the Market East neighborhood of Center City. The skyscraper is a part of project dubbed East Market Phase 3, which will elevate the profile of a city block that was previously occupied by a prewar parking structure. Designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec and developed by the National Real Estate Development, the building will stand 372 feet and 23 stories tall and will feature a curvy glass façade.
In the previous update, the site received its final tower crane on the east side of the site. Previously, a tower crane was erected at the middle of the site back in March. Since March, the building’s basement floors have been under construction, with the mat laid out earlier in the month. The mat was completed by April and concrete forms for the levels above were arriving on site. The two red tower cranes are now standing high in the skyline and can be seen from many vantage points, such as The Walt Whitman Bridge and a large portion of the Interstate 95 South.
A recent visit to the site revealed that both of the tower cranes were operational as construction was actively underway. So far, it appears that two basement levels have been completed, with another one underway with work starting on the east side of the site. The floor that is currently under construction could be completed in the next two weeks, as the foundations could be at ground level by August. The building will be above ground by that month and the building could be halfway up by the end of the year.
Another tower was previously planned at the west side of the site at 1153 Chestnut Street, but, as discussed in our latest design review for the project, the building is currently on hold. For the time being, the basement levels will be constructed and will be capped with a public plaza.
Completion is scheduled for 2024, timed to coincide with Jefferson University’s 200th anniversary.