Thursday, March 8, 2018

North Gulph Road office building in King of Prussia getting a makeover

by Gary Puleo writer The Reporter News
 Not to be outclassed by the explosion of eye-catching development all around it, a King of Prussia office building built in the late ’70s will get a robust makeover in the near future.

Brandywine Realty Trust has a revitalization in mind for 500 N. Gulph Rd. that will transform it into “a thriving hub designed for corporate collaboration and innovation.”

Enhancements to the existing building, which is one of 18 owned or managed by the Radnor-based company, will include a loft-style space, energy-efficient modern design and finishes, suite-style restrooms, open exterior balconies overlooking Valley Forge National Historical Park and a sleek, updated exterior.

“The re-imagination of 500 N. Gulph Rd. is the first of its kind in Brandywine’s King of Prussia portfolio,” said Jerry Sweeney, president and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust. “The new design will offer a modernized office layout and common amenity areas, creating a collaborative work environment and strategically aligning with today’s desirable workplace trends.”

Brandywine Realty Trust has entrusted ZGF Architects with reinventing the function and the aesthetics of the building, which is expected to be completed this fall, with the building’s new single-deck parking structure expected to be finished next winter.

Tenants will also have access to the adjacent Brandywine fitness, dining and conference facilities at Freedom Business Center, as well as several outdoor collaborative spaces.

“As we continue to invest in our suburban properties, we do so with a forward-thinking approach to the modern workplace,” Sweeney noted. “We understand that the workplace must act as a catalyst for engagement, innovation and collaboration, and we are proud to deliver a re-imagined product at 500 N. Gulph Rd. that will meet and exceed these needs for future tenants.”

The building is within walking distance of shopping, dining, fitness, health care and other amenities at the still growing Village at Valley Forge and King of Prussia Town Center, and is a short drive away from King of Prussia Mall.

It is also centrally located within a key corridor of the region, centrally at the intersection of routes I-76, 202 and 422. “The growth in this region is remarkable, and we’re thrilled to have companies like Brandywine investing in thoughtful redevelopment of existing infrastructure,” noted Eric Goldstein, executive director of the King of Prussia District (KOP-BID).

“With the possibility of SEPTA’s King of Prussia Rail on the horizon, King of Prussia is now widely recognized as a key hub of business and commerce, and Brandywine is building for a growing workforce of the future.”

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