The Comcast Technology Center at 1800 Arch Street in Center City has dominated the Philadelphia skyline ever since it became the city’s tallest skyscraper in 2017. The tower rises 62 stories and 1,121 feet tall, topped with a bright beacon. The tower was designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, who has done many well-known projects around the world notable for their exteriors of glass, metal, and decorative lighting. The developer of the project is Liberty Property Trust, which had also developed One Liberty Place when the company was known as Rouse and Associates under Willard Rouse. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY looks back at when the crane was first removed from the near-completed Comcast Technology Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.