While the greater share of Philadelphia’s new developments are rising on the western side of Center City, the east side of the city is raising its profile, as well. In Market East, a steel beast is rising at 1101 Chestnut Street as part of the Jefferson Health expansion. Designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec developed by National Real Estate Development, he Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion will stand 372 feet and 23 stories tall.
Another tower was supposed to join the Jefferson tower to the west at 1153 Chestnut Street, but the proposal is currently on hold, and a public park will take its place for the time being.
The foundation that was planned for the two towers had the work start all the way back in November 2019 when it was announced that demolition would start on the garage at the site. By January 2021, excavation was complete and the foundation was heavily underway in the next month with the cranes installed in April. In June of the same year, the basement floors of the tower was underway, with the steel structure starting to rise above ground in August. The tower reached the halfway point in November as it was also appearing in the skyline.
The hulking steel structure now rises 20 stories above the ground and is very close to topping out. The two red tower cranes are prominently rising on the east side of the skyline near Loews Hotel and Jefferson Center. Fireproofing has reached just under the terrace on the 14th floor, and the rising structure is noticeable throughout the area with its impactful size. The glass and curved metal cladding has started on the west and north face, with the smooth curvy glass coming shortly. The previously stated sources should be correct as the tower will seem to be topped out in February.
Completion is scheduled for 2024, timed to coincide with Jefferson University’s 200th anniversary.