A portion of the ground floor has been constructed at Cathedral Square Phase 1 at 222 North 17th Street in Logan Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Exeter Property Group, the reinforced concrete building will stand 245 feet and 23 stories tall and will be visible from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with an all-glass skin that angles in and out. The tower will be a part of the Cathedral Square development (formerly known as Cathedral Place), which also includes Cathedral Square Phase 2, a massive tower proposed to the north. The building’s crane is one of over a dozen tower cranes currently stand in multiple locations in Philadelphia, with most located in Center City.
In the March update, earthworks were well underway, with one basement level nearly excavated and machines scattered all over the site. The digging was completed in April, with the structure starting to rise. In May, the tower crane was erected on the west side of the site, which currently rises close to the final height of the structure. The foundation had already been poured by then and the beams for the basement floor were underway.
The recent visit to the site revealed that the first floor is already underway, with square and circular beams sticking out of the ground. Most of the beams sit on the south side of the site, and the structure will extend to the north. Scaffolding is also going up around the columns that are already finished. The tower crane can be seen from various areas, which also includes West Philadelphia.
Completion of the development is anticipated by 2024.