Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brandywine Opens Green Space Above Cira Centre South

by Steve Lubetkin,
Brandywine Realty Trust has opened Cira Green at Cira Centre South, the City's first elevated park, in the University City district of Philadelphia, PA.  Cira Green, part of Brandywine's 2.7 million square foot mixed-use Cira Centre South neighborhood, is a 1.25 acre urban park, 95 feet above street level overlooking the Center City and University City skylines as well as the Schuylkill River.

Cira Green “will become one of the City's most unique and celebrated public spaces," says Gerard H. Sweeney, president and chief executive officer.  "Our design mission in developing Cira Centre South has been to establish a new neighborhood lifestyle in one of the region's fastest growing districts.  Cira Green will perfectly complement the vibrant residential, retail and office environment that Cira Centre South presents to the marketplace."

Cira Green is designed for enhanced storm water performance, while functioning as an accessible and exciting gathering place.  This project is the City's first to utilize innovative "blue roof" and "green roof" technologies and provide the same hydrological performance as a fully planted roof.  In addition, large portions of the roof deck are tilted and elevated to provide better views of the cityscape.

Cira Green is another green public space created by Brandywine as part of its Cira Southdevelopment. In October 2014, Brandywine completed the Schuylkill Esplanade, a pocket park located along Schuylkill Avenue between Market and Chestnut Streets that serves the dual purpose of managing storm water runoff and providing pedestrians, office workers, and residents of Cira Centre South with a lush green oasis for daily enjoyment.

Adjacent to Cira Green is FMC Tower at Cira Centre South – Philadelphia's first vertical neighborhood –  a progressively designed urban mixed-use high-rise building comprised of highly efficient office space, luxurious residential units, flexible stay corporate suites, and world class amenities.

Conveniently accessible to mass transit via 30th Street Station, this "Vertical Neighborhood" is designed to provide complete convenience in living, working, and relaxing. In addition to its proximity to Cira Green, residents and tenants of FMC Tower at Cira Centre South will enjoy concierge services with unique amenities including a 72 foot pool, world class fitness center, multi-media theater, business conference center, private dining rooms, golf simulator, lounge rooms for private entertaining/employee collaboration, and an outdoor terrace 415 feet above street level with sweeping 360 degree views of the Philadelphia skyline.  At street level, FMC Tower at Cira Centre South will have a retail pavilion that will also include an upscale bar and restaurant.

The residential portion of FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, designed for short and long-term stays, will be operated by the luxury brand AKA. The Residences at Cira Centre South will feature 268 brand-new, ultra-luxury hotel suites and apartment residences located on the tower's upper 18 floors. The residences feature sophisticated, contemporary interiors and a full floor of wellness and lifestyle-enhancing amenities conceived by internationally celebrated architect and designer, Piero Lissoni.

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