The Center City skyline had drastically changed in the late 1980s with the construction of newly approved skyscrapers standing over the former, informal 548-foot height limit established by City Hall. In late 1990, Mellon Bank Center, located at 1735 Market Street in Center City, joined the skyline with its bright materials alongside the other new, amazingly designed skyscrapers. The tower stands 54 stories above the ground with a total height of 824 feet to the tip of the crown and a roof height of 792 feet. The skyscraper was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, which is currently constructing Arthaus a few blocks to the south of City Hall. The tower is owned by Silverstein Properties, which also owns the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The building received a name change for a branding initiative, and is now called the BNY Mellon Center.
Exterior work is wrapping up on Brübox, a 33-unit mixed-use development situated at 3120 Jefferson Street in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture and developed by Khosla Properties, the building rises five stories tall with a commercial space situated on the ground floor. The residential units consist of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Tester Construction is the contractor.
The construction boom of the 1980s brought a new generation of skyscrapers, many of which still make up the principal mass of the Philadelphia skyline. One of these skyscrapers is the Bell Atlantic Tower at 1717 Arch Street, now known as Three Logan Square. Designed by designed by Kling Lindquist, the building stands at an imposing height of 739 feet and 55 stories. The all-steel structure was constructed by Turner Construction. The skyscraper, located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Center City, has a notable presence both during day and night, as the cladding features an eye-catching mix of colors as well as incredible nighttime lighting.
In spring of 2021, Singleton, Hitch, and Maida Houses finished construction on the side of South Mountain, the latest of many new developments transforming the Lehigh University Campus in Bethlehem, PA. The development consists of three new residential college houses centered around a small park with outdoor seating and garden space. The development adds 720 beds to the campus, providing accommodations for student residences just steps away from the center of the campus. In recent years, Lehigh has embarked on large transformation development, filling in underused locations at the campus as well as expanding its overall footprint.
Construction is making progress at 2001-13 Abigail Street, a townhouse complex in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Gnome Architects and developed by Catalyst City Development, the project will include nine townhomes with varying sizes. The five homes on the northeast corner of the block will feature parking while the remaining four will not.