Monday, August 1, 2016

Excellence is building the future of Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s increasing construction projects are not only modernizing the city skyline, but are also heralding an era of growth for Philadelphia through the renovation historic buildings throughout the city while also developing an innovation corridor spanning from Old City to University City. The projects are in alignment with the city’s commitment to continue to bring more business and opportunity to the Philadelphia area.

500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Designed as an “ultra luxury high rise” tower next to Independence Hall, 500 Walnut is slated to open in 2017. The 26-story tower will have 28 condos and a two-level penthouse with exclusive roof access. Units will range from 2,700 to 4300 square feet. A large treetop terrace will be positioned next to a glass wall that leads in to an interior lounge with a direct view of Independence Hall. The building’s amenities planned also include fully automated 80-space parking, a multi-level glass enclosed fitness center, three-lane glass-enclosed lap pool, and an entertainment room for hosting events (complete with catering kitchen).

1919 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
321 upscale apartment units, 215 parking spaces, 108 bike storage spaces, and 24,000 square feet of office and retail space are planned for this 29-story tower on the corner of Market and 20th Streets. Concierge service and various amenities including a rooftop fitness center, demonstration kitchen, game room, and a ledge pool will also be part of the new structure. Independence Blue Cross, CVS, and Naf Naf Grill have already signed on for office and commercial space leases.

2400 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The former Marketplace Design Center building will be rebuilt into a block-wide 22-story office and residential tower with 450,000 square feet of office space and 350 apartments. The ground floor will accommodate retail tenants such as restaurants, coffee shops, or fitness centers. The building’s layout aims to promote pedestrian traffic through the center of the ground floor plaza by constructing a walkway connecting Market and Chestnut Streets. The building will include six floors of offices which will be rehabbed and outfitted with glass walls and the residential portion of the building to be housed above the office space.

Central Green, Rouse Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19112
Central Green is a 4.5-acre park at the heart of the Navy Yard surrounded by office buildings. The park’s design relies on circles as the dominant design motif to highlight the park’s different spaces, with different circles to feature different uses such as a fitness station, amphitheater, sun lawn, and a bio basin for storm water. The design plan also includes a track around the rim of the park lined with wood and metal lounge chairs and benches and paths leading to the park’s interior. The park includes mature landscaping housing 304 trees, 42 types of groundcover, 10,105 shrubs, and more than 13,600 bulbs.

CHOP Schuylkill
700 Schuylkill Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is working on a four-phase development plan encompassing 8.4 acres along the Schuylkill River that includes the construction of a new 22-story office tower for clinical research and administrative programs. Phase one of the project will focus on the tower and accompanying surface parking, several public spaces, and a walkway from the South Street Bridge that connects to the Schuylkill River Trail. The remaining three phases are planned to take place over the next twenty years and include three more buildings along the waterfront.

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Comcast is investing in its mother city by building a skyscraper set to drastically change the Philadelphia skyline. The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be a state-of-the-art facility housing Comcast, its NBC affiliates, and incubator companies. Loft-like work spaces and a 12-story hotel on the top stories are planned for the tower. The new Comcast Center will be one of the ten tallest buildings in Philadelphia and promote the city as a strong technological hub.

Curtis Center
699 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Plans for the Curtis Center include converting 90,000 square feet of vacant office space into 55 luxury apartments and outdoor streetscape improvements. Retail will be added on the ground floor, including a corner restaurant with outdoor seating overlooking both Washington Square and Independence National Park, and a coffee shop, spa, gym, and bar. Cosmetic and basic upgrades to the elevators and renovation of the building’s HVAC system, roof, façade and parking garage will also be a part of the initial renovation. The building’s atrium will receive a makeover including the removal of the palm trees and fountain to accommodate a bar and new archways.

East Market
1150 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19108
Taking up an entire city block, the East Market project will be a combination of pedestrian-oriented retail, new residential apartments, office space, parking, and hospitality uses. The initial phase of the project will include a 17 story tower with retail space in the bottom two levels and apartments through the remainder of the building. Along with the tower, phase one will include the redevelopment of the Family Court Building offices on South 11th Street into a 160,000 square feet of creative style office space for a more millennial workforce. The project will also host the first Center City outpost for Mom’s Organic Market, a popular organic produce and natural food retailer as well as furniture retailer Design Within Reach.

FMC Tower
2930 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The 47-story FMC Tower at Cira South will be the new home of FMC Corporation and one of the tallest buildings in the city. At 730 feet tall, the building will include offices, apartments, and residential amenities along with retail space. Cira Green, a one-acre park atop the parking structure adjacent to the tower will offer access to the tower through a skybridge.The FMC Tower’s location provides unobstructed views of the Schuylkill River as well as the Center City skyline and will further help to connect Center City with University City. The University of Pennsylvania will also be a major tenant.

Hanover North Broad
1422 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hanover North Broad will consist of two six-story apartment buildings flanking North Broad Street at its intersection with Callowhill Street. The towers, which will hold 339 apartments and about 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, are planned to replace two surface parking lots owned by the Parkway Corporation. The lot at 322 North Broad Street will house 229 apartments and feature an outdoor pool, while 339 North Broad Street will have 110. Each building will feature its own courtyard, clubhouse, screening room, and business center.

Hyde Hotel
341 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The Hyde Hotel will share a block with its sister brand hotel, the SLS Lux on the intersection of Broad and Pine Streets. The building plans currently include a 22-story tower with a restaurant and bar, a roof deck, underground parking, and 76 hotel room and apartments. The project is still going through approvals and budget negotiations and does not have a definite construction date.

Kimpton Hotel
1801 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The 73-year-old former Family Court building will be redeveloped into a hotel now that the Family Court has relocated. The hotel’s interior, including all 37 murals and lighting fixtures, were designated historically significant in 2011 and will remain intact. The project will include 199 rooms, a 3,500-square-foot ballroom, meeting and boardrooms, a spa and fitness center, and a restaurant and bar. The project will honor the physical integrity and history of the building though one notable exterior alteration has been proposed: adding a rooftop lounge.

LOVE Park / JFK Plaza
1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Renovations at LOVE Park will temporarily displace the iconic LOVE statue to Dilworth Park but will transform the park into a greener and more welcoming space in Center City. The park’s Welcome Center will receive a facelift and a restaurant, and the fountain will be replaced with a two-part water installation and more green space. Also planned for the renovation is work on the level above the underground parking, which was sold last year to InterPark.

Mellon Independence Center Tower
701 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19108
The MIC tower will be built atop the rear portion of the Lit Brothers building so as not to distract from the building’s historic facade and to preserve the Market Street view. The 35-floor structure will be set back 180 feet from Market Street and 150 feet from Seventh and Eighth Streets, and primarily consist of white and gray hues. A new basement and lobby will provide the planned residential units with access. The ground floor will also feature new retail space and the first five floors above will be converted for office use.

Mormon Temple
1739 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Mormon Temple is the first temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in the state. The project features a gold statue of the angel Moroni on the tallest spire of the temple, gracing Philadelphia’s skyline (and William Penn who sits atop City Hall) with a second icon. In addition to the temple, a meeting house and 32-story residential tower are being built adjacent to the site.

Museum of American Revolution
300 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Museum of American Revolution is located in the heart of Old City, just two blocks from Independence Hall and a block from Benjamin Franklin’s home. The building will be a total of three stories plus a full basement. Features of the museum will include permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, theaters, education spaces, collection storage, a café, a retail store, offices and a welcoming lobby area. The museum’s exhibits will tell the story of events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the war that led to the creation of the nation.

One Riverside
210-220 South 25th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Located at the intersection of 25th and Locust Streets, One Riverside sits by the entrance to the Schuylkill River Park. The highrise will offer views of University City, the Schuylkill River, and the downtown skyline. The new 22-story glass skyscraper will feature 82 condominiums with high-level finishes and balconies, 110 underground parking spaces, fitness center, indoor pool, club room, hospitality suite, and business center. Plans include a private garden with broad lawns, as well as a separate terrace adjoining the lobby with an outdoor kitchen.

One Water Street
230 N Columbus Blvd, PA 19106
Originally proposed as a strictly residential building, PMC Property Group recently modified plans to include ground-floor retail space at One Water Street. The project will consist of separate 13- and 16-story sections and will include two public green spaces, a green roof with LEED certification, 73 parking spaces, and car-share spots. The building will house 250 apartments - ten percent of which will be reserved for lower-income residents. Amenities for residents also include bicycle storage room, gym, and a meeting space for building residents.

Parkway Central Renovation Free Library
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Renovations for the Parkway Central Free Library were made possible by a gift from the William Penn Foundation, which will also provide funds for additional renovations to smaller branches. $7 million of the $25 million gift will go to renovating the interior of the Parkway Central Library. The plans are to tear out most of the outdated storage stacks and employ a redesign that will add 40,000 square feet of space to the historic building. A major aspect of this renovation includes repurposing the common area and converting it into the Business Research and Innovation Center, a town square for civic interaction.

Raymond G Perelman Center for Jewish Life
100 N 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The center is the first in Drexel’s history entirely focused on enhancing the religious, cultural and social experiences of Jewish students at the University. It is expected to serve as the site for Shabbat services and dinners, Jewish Education programs, and programs facilitating opportunities in Israel. At 14,000 square feet and three stories, the building will include an event space for over 100 people, chapel, meeting rooms, student lounges, and offices for Drexel Hillel. Kosher food services and kitchen are also in the plans. The building will provide a designated space for Drexel’s Jewish community to come together and continue to grow.

Reading Viaduct
1398 Noble St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Starting with a chunk of the viaduct around 12th and Callowhill the Reading Viaduct project is set to add more versatile green spaces to the city. Drawing inspiration from New York City’s Highline project, plans are to create a unique, mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of Center City. Phase one of the project will involve a 26,000-square-foot section of the Viaduct known as the SEPTA Spur. Work will include landscaping and adding stairs that connect the railway to the street level.

Rodin Square
501 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Rodin Square is one of a growing list of buildings surrounding the Benjamin Franklin Parkway bringing more pedestrian traffic to the area. The mega-complex will house about 300 luxury apartments and the long-awaited 55,000 square foot Whole Foods. Additional retail space has been leased by CVS, Santander Bank and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The building will feature a landscaped roof terrace, facing the Parkway, with a swimming pool, green roofs, and spaces for gathering, relaxing, and exercising.

Schuylkill Yards
30th and Market Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19104
In partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University unveiled plans in March 2016 for Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre development surrounding 30th Street Station in University City. Plans for the project include a public park, eight new mixed-use high rises for office, laboratory,and residential space, which will be developed over a span of 20 years. The project will outfit University City with a distinct downtown area and will integrate current residents of nearby neighborhoods into its plan. The project will create a gateway between University City and the Drexel campus.

SLS Lux Philadelphia
309-313 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
At 47 stories and 562 feet, the SLS Lux Philadelphia Hotel & Residences will be the tallest tower in Pennsylvania built for residential use. Located across the street from the Kimmel Center, the project will include 90 condominiums and the 152-room boutique SLS Hotel. There will be 160 resident-only parking spaces, as well as ground-floor retail. Amenities for both residents and guests include a full spa, fitness center, all-season 75-foot pool, ballroom and meeting facilities.

Stemmler Hall
3450 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Stemmler Hall renovation will give new life to the medical and research laboratories housed in the existing building as part of the University’s Century Bond program, which addresses energy savings opportunities and maintenance needs around the campus. Through multiple phases the project will upgrade the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to the building along with infrastructure upgrades to the lower floors of the building. The building spaces will be renovated along with the laboratories and will include installing new windows while maintaining the integrity of building’s existing façade. The renovation is on track for completion in late 2017 and will remain open throughout most phases of the project.

The Gallery
901 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19108
The Gallery is undergoing a major redevelopment in an effort to reposition the space as a high-end outlet mall for tourists and Philadelphians alike. The shift in the quality of stores was most clearly noted with the opening of high-end discount retailer Century 21 as it’s first anchor tenant. The mall’s redevelopment aims to make the retail hub more accessible through a street level plaza on 9th and Market Streets as well as street-level storefronts.

Thomas R Kline Institute
1200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19108
The dignified former Beneficial Savings Fund Society building, designed by Horace Trumbauer as the bank’s headquarters in 1916, will get a new life as the Thomas R Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy for Drexel University. The now-vacant building is part of a larger $50 million gift from Thomas R Klein to add to Drexel’s impressive law program. The building will undergo renovations that stay true to the building’s historic elements. The project will provide a dedicated advocacy arm to Drexel’s law program as well as supply the university with a Center City outpost for its law school.

uCity Square
3675 Market St, PA 19104
UCity Square is a massive mixed-use development encompassing the renovation of the University City Science Center. The decade-long project includes the construction of 10 new buildings and renovations of 17 existing buildings, resulting in over 6.5 million square feet of retail, residential, office and lab space that promote the area’s original mission as a business incubator and research hub. Companies such as Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Group, NRG Energy, and Spark Therapeutics are already slated to take residence at UCity Square. The first two projects include 3675 Market, which will bring back access to 37th Street and connect it through the site to Lancaster Avenue, and a low-rise residential building where Lancaster and Powelton Avenues meet at the north end of the development.

W/Element Hotel
1441 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The 51-story hotel will be 582 feet tall and have 295 rooms under W Hotel and 460 rooms under Element by Westin. Each hotel will have a separate entrance and lobby as well as separate brand specific amenities. The building will have 41,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, an 8,600-square-foot restaurant, 1,700 square feet of retail, and a 185-space, below-grade parking garage. The facade of the tower will feature an abundance of glass with a “dancing, shimmer” look. Strips of LED lights will be embedded in the tower’s facade and have color-changing/cascading effects at times.
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