The massive structural frame of the CHOP Hub for Clinical Collaboration at 3501 Civic Center Boulevard in University City, West Philadelphia, has been topped out. Designed by Perkins+Will, the tower stands 377 feet and 19 stories tall. The building is a part of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s plan to expand its space on the west side of the city at the cost of $4 billion. The building’s facade, which faces its wide profile toward the Schuylkill River, will feature stone cladding shifting along the exterior.
In the last update, the core was completing construction, with scaffolding recently removed from the top. The exterior was receiving the first few rows of cladding above the ground floor. The highest steel beams reached the roof level of the building, though the steel still had some more height to go above the roof. Fireproofing was mounted nearly halfway up the building.
In June, the tower saw its steel completely topped out, with the parapet rising above the roof. The fireproofing tarp is now two floors under the roof of the building, with hardly any fireproofing work left to be done on the structure. The glass and stone cladding now reaches up to the 10th floor, with eight floors clad completely. Above the main roof, a mechanical level connects to the last open level in the core. Not long from now, the fireproofing will be finished by the end of the month, and cladding installation will continue.
The building has an anticipated completion date of 2023.