At number 12 on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion, a 372-foot-tall, 24-story tower underway at 1101 Chestnut Street in the rapidly growing Market East neighborhood in Center City. Designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec and developed by National Realty Corp., the sleek glass tower will bring a modern presence to the area and yield 426,000 square feet of medical office space, which will be occupied by Jefferson Health. The building is part of the two-tower East Market Phase 3 project, which will also feature a 329-foot-tall, 25-story residential tower at 1153 Chestnut Street to the west. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that excavation is almost complete for the 712,000-plus-square-foot complex.
The year 1825 marked the establishment of the Medical Department of Jefferson College in Philadelphia, an affiliate of Jefferson University. Today, Jefferson Health is a major developer and tenant in the Market East district of Center City, and the institution’s many buildings dominate the neighborhood where the university’s namesake penned the Declaration of Independence. The health services provider plans to bring another structure to the area, across from the iconic PSFS Building. The Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street, designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec, will stand around 400 feet tall and contain around 462,000 square feet of floor space, over 300 exam rooms, and numerous medical services.
Jefferson Health has already made a great impact on the Market East neighborhood in Center City, yet the campus keeps expanding. In December 2017, the hospital has announced a major lease at 1101 Market Street, long known as the Aramark Tower. The expansion continues as Jefferson is planning a 400-foot Jefferson Health Care Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street with 750,000 square feet of medical office space, as well as a 329-foot-tall proposal next door at 1153 Chestnut Street, slated to contain 250,000 square feet of residential space. The two towers, collectively known as East Market Phase 3, will replace a block-spanning, mid-rise commercial and garage structure, which has been recently demolished. BLT Architects and Ennead Architects are listed as project designers.