Top 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Philadelphia in 2022

Philadelphia skyline from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Thomas KoloskiPhiladelphia skyline from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Given the number of new permits issued last year, Philadelphia appears on track for a record volume of construction this year. The majority of such construction is of the low- and mid-rise variety. Of course, there are also marquee developments that will boost the city’s iconic skyline. Today Philly YIMBY looks at the ten tallest buildings under construction in the city as of 2022. Among these, seven are underway in Center City and three more are rising in University City in West Philadelphia. We look forward to seeing further progress on these developments throughout the course of the year.


#1: The Laurel Rittenhouse

1911 Walnut StreetRittenhouse Square, Center City

The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Height: 599 feet
Floors: 48
Primary use: Residential (185 rental units, 64 condo units)
Floor area: 566,950 square feet
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: Southern Land Company
Current status: Under construction (topped out)

Recent site condition

The Laurel Rittenhouse from John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Photo by Thomas Koloski

The Laurel Rittenhouse from John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Photo by Thomas Koloski


#2: Arthaus

311 South Broad StreetWashington Square West, Center City

Rendering of Arthaus. Image by Dranoff Properties

Rendering of Arthaus. Image by Dranoff Properties

Height: 542 feet
Floors: 47
Primary use: Residential (108 condo units)
Floor area: 382,500 square feet
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Developer: Dranoff Properties
Current status: Under construction (topped out)

Recent site condition

Arthaus from South Broad Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus from South Broad Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski


#3: CHOP Hub for Clinical Collaboration

CHOP Hub for Clinical Collaboration 3501 Civic Center Boulevard. Credit: Perkins+Will

CHOP Hub for Clinical Collaboration 3501 Civic Center Boulevard. Credit: Perkins+Will

3501 Civic Center Boulevard, University City, West Philadelphia

Height: 377 feet
Floors: 19
Primary use: Medical
Architect: Perkins+Will
Developer: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Current status: Under construction (topped out)

Recent site condition

3501 Civic Center Boulevard. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.

3501 Civic Center Boulevard. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.


#4 (tie): One Dock Street

1 Dock Street, Society Hill, Center City

Rendering of One Dock Street. Credit: BLT Architects.

Rendering of One Dock Street. Credit: BLT Architects.

Height: 364 feet
Floors: 31
Primary use: Residential (272 rental units)
Floor area: over 300,000 square feet
Architect: BLT Architects
Developer: LCOR Incorporated
Current status: Under construction (excavation underway)

Recent site condition

1 Dock Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021

1 Dock Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021


#4 (tie): Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion

1101 Chestnut Street, Market East, Center City

Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion rendering. Image via Jefferson Health

Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion rendering. Image via Jefferson Health

Height: 364 feet
Floors: 23
Primary use: Medical
Floor area: 462,000 square feet
Architects: Ennead Architects, Stantec
Developer: National Real Estate Development
Current status: Under construction

Recent site condition

1101 Chestnut Street. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller

1101 Chestnut Street. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller


#6: Riverwalk South

60 North 23rd StreetCenter City West

Riverwalk. Credit: PMC Property Group

Riverwalk. Credit: PMC Property Group

Height: 362 feet
Floors: 32
Primary use: Residential (380 units)
Architect: Gensler
Developer: PMC Property Group
Current status: Under construction (topped out)

Recent site condition

Riverwalk from John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Riverwalk from John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Photo by Thomas Koloski


#7: Schuylkill Yards West

3025 John F. Kennedy BoulevardUniversity CityWest Philadelphia

Rendering of 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard via Brandywine Realty

Rendering of 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard via Brandywine Realty

Height: 361 feet
Floors: 28
Primary use: Commercial, laboratory, residential
Floor area: 559,583 square feet
Architect: Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
Developer: Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University
Current status: Under construction

Recent site condition

3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard looking northwest. Photo by Thomas Koloski.

3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard looking northwest. Photo by Thomas Koloski.


#8: 1620 Sansom Street

1620 Sansom Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

1620 Sansom Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Rittenhouse SquareCenter City

Height: 340 feet
Floors: 28
Primary use: Residential (306 rental units)
Floor area: 376,500 square feet
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: Southern Land Company
Current status: Under construction (excavation)

Recent site condition

1620 Sansom Street. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller

1620 Sansom Street. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller


#9: 2222 Market Street

Center City West

2222 Market Street. Credit: Gensler

2222 Market Street. Credit: Gensler

Height: 295 feet
Floors: 19
Primary use: Office
Floor area: 329,100 square feet
Architect: Gensler
Developer: Parkway Corporation
Current status: Under construction (topped out)

Recent site condition

2222 Market Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski

2222 Market Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski


#10: One uCity Square

University CityWest Philadelphia

One uCity Square. Credit: ZGF Architects

One uCity Square. Credit: ZGF Architects

Height: 250 feet
Floors: 13
Primary use: Office, laboratory
Floor area: 389,000 square feet
Architect: ZGF Architects
Developers: Wexford Science & Technology, University City Science Center, Ventas Inc.
Current status: Under construction (topped out)

Recent site condition

One uCity Square. Photo by Jamie Meller

One uCity Square. Photo by Jamie Meller

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8 Comments on "Top 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Philadelphia in 2022"

  1. Is Dock Street going to start growing up with steel?

  2. Think you missed one.
    123 South 12th Street.

  3. Love this format, I think it should be implemented across the YIMBY platform

  4. Sheldon Strober | January 24, 2022 at 9:59 am | Reply

    Up, Up , and and reaching sky ward. Need more over 500 ft fot more dynamic skyline.

  5. The skyline is not the only answer to a city’s beauty. the high-rise is not the only answer to density. Let’s see more low-rise structures — new, or restored, renovated, whatever. This city is losing its character. We should be aiming for balance and variety more than building up up up.

    • Vitali Ogorodnikov | March 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm | Reply

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      The overwhelming majority of new construction in Philadelphia is of the low-rise variety. In terms of the city losing its character, a major issue is not high-rise construction, but demolition of prewar buildings. Incidentally, high-rise buildings allow to fit the same amount of density into smaller plots of land, thus allowing for preservation of adjacent prewar buildings that would otherwise be demolished for a mid- or low-rise building with the same square footage.

  6. Little Gaffney | March 20, 2022 at 3:55 pm | Reply

    Please grow up stop living in the pass go to the suburbs if you don’t go up you must spread out or stop building all together when there’s no more room🙄

  7. Anthony Collier | April 8, 2022 at 3:04 pm | Reply

    Build taller and bolder, height and beautiful architectural design are what attracks. Take notes from Honkong and other cities in China.

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