The 25th place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 295-foot-tall, 19-story office building under construction at 2222 Market Street in Center City West. Designed by Gensler and developed by the Parkway Corporation (alternately Parkway Commercial Properties), with IMC Construction as the contractor, the development will feature 329,100 square feet of tenant floor area, with 324,826 square feet of Class A office space and 4,274 square feet of retail, as well as a 47-car underground garage. The structure is being built as the new headquarters for Morgan Lewis, a major law firm. Features will include ten-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, several landscaped outdoor decks, flexible workspace plans, a conference center, a fitness center, Zoom conference rooms, expanded areas for servicing out-of-office visitors, and rooms with advanced audio technology to facilitate virtual court hearings.
There has been much YIMBY coverage of the project in recent weeks. Last month we visited the construction site shortly after the structure’s topping-out. Earlier this month we shared the news of remote-work features being added to the amenity package, and took a closer look at the building’s design and tenant features. Today, as the building’s 295-foot street-to-bulkhead height earns it the 25th spot in our annual rundown, we look at the building’s construction progress over the past year.
A day short of exactly a year ago, YIMBY’s site visit on December 8, 2020 found construction in very early stages, with the parking lot still largely operational and excavation progressing at a small pit at the site’s southwest corner.
Excavation was in full swing by February of this year.
Our site visit at the end of April found concrete foundation work in progress.
Later in the year, IMC construction released a video covering the challenges the contractor faced in this early phase of construction, including foundation excavation and curtain wall testing.
A tower crane was erected at the site in early May, a process which was captured both by our staff photographer and in another video by IMC construction. IMC underscored difficulties encountered during this process, including the short assembly time window created by closing one of the city’s busiest streets and high wind conditions at the time.
The superstructure was rising above the ground level by June.
Steel rose rapidly over the coming months, and the structure stood around two-thirds of the way up by September.
By October, the building was nearly topped out and the first of the cladding was observed on the lower levels.
The building topped out on November 5th, a milestone that was captured in a dedicated video by IMC Construction and was followed up with a YIMBY visit shortly after.
Today, progress continues at a steady pace, ushering a dramatic transformation from a block-sized streetwall gap along one of Philadelphia’s most important thoroughfares into prime office space with pedestrian-friendly ground-level retail and outdoor landscaping.
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Very good journalism and project update, Vitali.
Others need to learn from this level of quality journalism.