The Comcast Technology Center at 1800 Arch Street in Center City is both the tallest building and one of the largest structures in Philadelphia, standing 1,121 feet tall and spanning over 1.5 million square feet of interior space. Completed in 2017, the supertall stands 60 stories high and features office space on its lower floors and a hotel on its upper levels, with an observation deck at the top. The project was developed by Liberty Property Trust and designed by Foster and Partners, with Thornton Tomasetti behind the structural design and LF Driscoll as the contractor. Gensler crafted the exquisite and sometimes bizarre interior of the main lobby, with an architectural style well-suited for the modern workforce and the general public alike. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY observes the east lobby of the Comcast Technology Center which is open to the employees and the public at limited times.
The 11th place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 364-foot-tall, 31-story One Dock Street in the Society Hill section of Old City, Center City. Designed by BLT Architects and developed by LCOR Incorporated, the skyscraper will rise next to architect I.M. Pei’s similarly-scaled Society Hill Towers, offering the most significant contribution to the local skyline in half a century. The structure will span over 300,000 square feet of interior space and feature 272 rental units. Permits list Hunter Roberts Holdings LLC as the contractor and a construction cost of $66.55 million.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, 76-unit multi-family building located at 4701-15 Kingsessing Avenue in Squirrel Hill, West Philadelphia. Designed by JKRP Architects, the development will include 55 parking spaces, two of which will be ADA accessible and van accessible, as well as one reserved for car sharing. These will be added to a lot already containing 21 spaces. The project will also include 26 bicycle spaces.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story building at 2149-73 East Rush Street in Port Richmond, Kensington. Designed by Designblendz (with the firm’s Scott Woodruff listed as the architect), the building will feature 72 residential units as well as artist studios (likely ten in total, given that the building’s total “unit count” is listed at 82) and parking. The structure, also known under the shortened address of 2149 East Rush Street, will span a 19,878-square-foot footprint and offer 81,317 square feet of fully-sprinkled interior space. Permits list PBSDS Holdings LLC as the owner and Liberty Star Management Inc. as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $10 million.
The 12th place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street in Market East, Center City. Designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec and developed by National Real Estate Development the building is well on its way to its final height of 364 feet and 23 stories. The structure, alternately known as 1101-53 Chestnut Street, is part of East Market Phase 3, the latest expansion of the East Market complex.