3151 Market Rendering with JFK Towers in background via Brandywine Realty

Construction Anticipated at 3151 Market Street at Schuylkill Yards in University City, West Philadelphia

Construction preparation appears imminent at the 185-foot-tall, 14-story tower proposed at 3151 Market Street in University City, West Philadelphia. The building will rise between Market Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and include lab space for use by the nearby universities. Designed by SHoP Architects, a firm with projects all over the world, the exterior originally had yellow exterior cladding, but the latest plans show a green metallic exterior. The building is developed by Brandywine Realty Trust as part of the 14-acre Schuylkill Yards development, which plans to include a major cluster of towers, though for now only a small group of high-rises under 500 feet tall have been proposed.

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1201 West Girard Avenue. Credit: Landmark Architectural Design LLC

166-Unit Building Proposed for 1201 West Girard Avenue in Yorktown, North Philadelphia

A four-story, 166-unit development has been proposed at 1201 West Girard Avenue in Yorktown, North Philadelphia. Designed by Landmark Architectural Design LLC, the building will provide 46,071 square feet of interior space and rise around 50 feet high to the top of the parapet, and around 60 feet high to the top of the bulkhead. The project will reintroduce density to a centrally-located yet sparsely built-out neighborhood and will feature a traditionally inspired design that reflects the city’s storied legacy of prewar architecture.

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PECO Building with the new display. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Crown Lights Restored Atop the PECO Building at 2301 Market Street in Center City West

An upgrade has been completed for the lighting array atop the PECO Building at 2301 Market Street in Center City West. Designed by H2L2 (Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson), the building was completed in 1970, which was soon followed by a number of major high-rise developments in Center City. The tower rises to a total of 27 stories and 384 feet, an an impressive height for its time. While the tower does not feature an outstanding design, it is widely known for its tenant, the PECO Energy Company, which serves customers across the tri-state area and all over the country. However, the tower is best known for its 38-foot-high screen spanning every face on top of the tower, measuring 148 feet across on the north and south façades and 71 feet across the east and west faces. Over the decades, more than 17,500 digital messages have scrolled across the display.

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