Construction prep is making progress at 1201 Normandy Place in The Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Designed by DIGSAU and developed by Ensemble Investents and Mosaic Development, the structure will rise four stories tall, with a mechanical penthouse at the top, and will hold 127,259 square feet of lab space, with 2,990 square feet of retail will be located at the ground floor. An off-site garage will hold 58 parking spaces.
The new building’s modern facade will look very appealing once completed. Glass will rise the full four-story height, with attractive red metal paneling forming unique patterns on the exterior. Large outdoor balcony spaces will face the Central Green.
The new building is replacing a vacant parcel, one of severfal sites across the Navy Yard that have yet to see new development. However, it is not surprising that this particular site is now seeing development action, as it sits directly on the Central Green, a fantastic circular park that could be considered the heart of the Navy Yard. The vacant lot consisted of just a large patch of grass, so it will be great to see a building rise at this prominent location.
Presently, a chain link fence surrounds the property, where work is starting to move forward. Excavation equipment, which can be seen on site, is making initial progress on digging out the building’s foundations.
The new structure will be a great addition for the surrounding area and city as a whole. Filling in this coveted development location is already improvement enough, and adding more lab space is even more crucial. The life sciences industry is seeing massive growth throughout Philadelphia, and many scientific institutions are in need of additional lab space at a higher rate than what is being provided. If the city is not able to offer the space needed for these institutions, they will look beyond the city and potentially move to alternative metro areas. Therefore, building more such space is crucial.
YIMBY will continue to track progress moving forward.