Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that construction work is nearing completion at the 295-foot-tall, 19-story office development 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. Building 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.
Building features will include ten-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, several outdoor terraces, flexible workspace plans, a conference center, and a fitness center. The project will feature Zoom conference rooms, custom areas to service visitors from other locations, and spaces with advanced audio technology to facilitate virtual court hearings.
The design team at Gensler opted to soften presence of the tower slab, which faces its broad side toward Market Street, by visually segmenting the facade into three-story horizontal sections, further enhancing the effect with projecting sections. Modules trimmed with gray running bond masonry alternate with all-glass sections, creating an effect of staggered horizontal layers that will imbue the building with a sense of horizontal motion that will play off the traffic movement along the thoroughfare. A trapezoidal floor plan creates a wedge-shaped eastern side that adds further dynamism to the composition.
2222 Market Street rises between South 22nd and South 23rd streets, a block to the east of the Schuylkill River waterfront. Aside from Riverwalk, the building is among the furthest-along of the numerous developments that are rising and planned in Center City West, a sparsely built-out section of Center City that spans roughly from 20th Street to the riverfront and borders onto Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square to the south and Logan Square to the north. The rapidly developing district is sited directly between the Center City core to the east and University City to the west, and will connect two of the city’s primary business and institutional districts.