PSFS Building. Image from Hagley Digital Archives

A Look Back at the Construction Of The PSFS Building at 1200 Market Street in Market East, Center City

In the early 1900s, skyscrapers of ever-increasing heights began to rise all over the world, including in Philadelphia. By the late 1920s, the Philadelphia Savings and Fund Society was looking for extra space in the city and was looking to construct a new building for their needs. The PSFS selected architects George Howe and William Edmond Lescaze to design a skyscraper that would stand at 1200 Market Street. Upon its completion in 1932, the PSFS Building not only dominated the skyline with its height of 491 feet and 36 stories, but was also notable as one of the first major International-style skyscrapers in the world.

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View of 1112-16 East Berks Street. Credit: Google.

Permits Issued for 40-Unit Building at 1112-16 East Berks Street in Fishtown, Kensington

Permits have been issued for the construction of a 40-unit multi-family development at 1112-16 East Berks Street in Fishtown, Kensington. Upon completion, the building will rise four stories tall and will feature 14 bike spaces, and a roof deck with a green roof will also be included. In total, the building will hold 37,971 square feet of space. Construction costs are estimated at $4,556,520.

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5617 Sansom Street. Looking northeast. Credit: Google Street View

Updated Permits Issued for Three-Unit Building at 5617 Sansom Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia

A set of updated permits has been issued for a three-story, three-unit residential building proposed at 5617 Sansom Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia. Philly YIMBY reported the original permit filing in December 2020. The latest permits offer new details on the project, including a planned building footprint of 1,136 square feet, a total floor area of 2,561 square feet, and a construction cost of $107,175. The structure will be fully sprinkled. Stephen Sanders is the listed owner, with Scott Woodruff specified as the architect and AIMES LLC as the contractor.

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TRIAD1828 and American Water. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Looking Back at the Construction of the TRIAD1828 Centre in Camden, New Jersey

One of the largest developments in the city of Camden was constructed just a few years ago. The project, called the TRIAD1828 Centre, stands next to the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which is not far from where the Campbell’s Stadium used to stand. The tower stands 18 stories above the ground, with a full height rising 220 feet high. The first seven levels are designated for a parking garage, with office floors rising above the parking podium. The building was originally developed by Liberty Property Trust, which backed out and allowed NFI Corp., Conner Strong & Buckelew, and the Michaels Organization to take over ownership of the property. The project went through several design iterations, with one featuring a curving glass tower standing as high as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The final design was crafted by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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Rendering of 1507 Christian Street. Credit: Gnome Architects

Construction in Progress at 1507 Christian Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia

Framing work is making rapid progress on 1507 Christian Street, a multi-family development rising in Graduate HospitalSouth Philadelphia. Designed by Gnome Architects and developed by Zatos Investments, the new building will rise four stories tall with a roof deck situated at the pinnacle. Five luxury condo units will be located within the structure, which will hold 6,168 square feet of space in total.

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