3001 John F Kennedy Boulevard

Schuylkill Yards massing aerial looking northwest. Original image by Google Earth, edit and model by Thomas Koloski

Philly YIMBY Presents Up-To-Date Massing Renderings of Schuylkill Yards in University City, West Philadelphia

In West Philadelphia, a major project is bound to change University City in a dramatic way. Developed by developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, Schuylkill Yards includes one building that has already been completed, with the rest in the beginning stages of construction or site preparation. The project, located next to 30th Street Station, has a master plan with multiple buildings, though only four have had their final designs released to the public. The completed Bulletin Building renovation, the 512-foot-tall and 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and the the 361-foot-tall 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard were designed by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, while the 226-foot-tall 3151 Market Street was designed by SHoP Architects. The below massing renderings were designed by Philly YIMBY to illustrate the impact of the buildings on the future skyline.

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Cira 2 and the Cira Center. Photo by KMCA Architectural Model Makers and Prototyping

Looking Back at the Second Tower Once Planned at Cira Centre in University City, West Philadelphia

Shortly after the completion of the first Cira Centre skyscraper in 2005, plans were revealed for a second tower at a nearby site. The 725-foot-tall, 48-story high-rise was shown as part of a model of the greater complex, around the time of the groundbreaking of the FMC Tower nearby to the south. The project was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architecture and planned for development by Brandywine Realty Trust, a team that is also behind the original Cira Centre as well as the Evo and FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, a group of buildings that has transformed the University City skyline.

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530-Foot-Tall Tower Awaits Construction at 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in University City, West Philadelphia

The seventh-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the 34-story skyscraper proposed at 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in University City, West Philadelphia. Designed by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, the bulky office building will feature an eye-catching staggered massing and an exterior of red aluminum cladding. The building, which will rise approximately 530 feet tall to the top of the parapet, is the first 500-foot-plus tower in the Countdown, the tallest proposal so far in the 14-acre Schuylkill Yards development, and will be the second-tallest building in West Philadelphia upon completion. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed no construction progress so far at the parking lot that spans the site.

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3151 Market Rendering with JFK Towers in background via Brandywine Realty

New Renderings Revealed for Schuylkill Yards in University City, West Philadelphia

New renderings have been revealed for the Schuylkill Yards megadevelopment situated on the western bank of the Schuylkill River in University City in West Philadelphia. The project has been in planning for years, and construction has finished on the Bulletin Building as well as Drexel Square, the first phase and center point for the development. Earlier this year, construction timelines have been announced for three more proposed towers. Now, developer Brandywine Realty has unveiled more renderings with updated designs.

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