Monday, December 3, 2018

Brandywine Plans 280K SF Trophy-Class Office Property in Plymouth Meeting, PA

by Steve Lubetkin,
Brandywine Realty Trust will construct Metroplex Two, a 280,000 square-foot, trophy-class office building it says will introduce world-class architecture and urban design to the Philadelphia suburbs.

Located in the heart of Plymouth Meeting, Metroplex Two will serve as the signature component of Brandywine’s 23-acre master-planned Metroplex campus, currently home to Metroplex One, a 120,000 square-foot trophy-class office building. Designed to be a workplace of the future, the immersive environment will center around wellness, productivity and creativity, while offering unparalleled amenities, social interactions, collaborative work settings and advanced technology.

“Plymouth Meeting is one of the Greater Philadelphia region’s most sought after suburban markets. Following the success of Metroplex One, we saw significant value in creating a striking and innovative ground-up development that could attract large, forward-thinking brands to the region,” says Jerry Sweeney, president & CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust. “As part of a well-designed, amenity-rich complex adjacent to growing residential areas and transportation hubs, Metroplex Two will be an inspired workplace that fosters innovation and fresh ideas.”

New York -based NBBJ, a globally-renowned architecture firm specializing in driving innovation through the creation of highly productive and sustainable spaces, was selected to bring Brandywine’s vision for Metroplex Two to life. Merging visually arresting design and functional elegance, Metroplex Two will boast the most desired attributes of a creative, modern office, including open and efficient floorplates, loft-style workspaces, floor-to-ceiling windows featuring stunning views and an abundance of natural light.

Metroplex Two’s amenity-rich environment features several gathering spaces and three terraces—including a WiFi-enabled outdoor Sky Terrace, expansive lawn, and a state-of-the-art conference center. The Sky Terrace includes ample seating, fire pits, televisions, and The Lawn, a sprawling courtyard and greenspace, is perfect for both private convening and community-wide activities. Additional amenities include a parking garage, a secure package delivery room, a fitness center, and immediate access to the Cross County Trail which connects to the Schuylkill River Trail. There is a designated spot for food trucks, and outdoor seating areas to eat or collaborate.

Targeting LEED Silver certification and an Energy Star rating, the functional design of tiered metal panels sheathed in 10-foot floor-to-ceiling Low-E glass will enhance Metroplex Two’s visual appeal while respecting the environment.

The Metroplex campus seamlessly blends urban sensibility with daily accessibility. Its location makes it highly desirable and strategically positioned at the convergence of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276), the Blue Route (I-476) and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476). This Mid-County Interchange access makes commuting seamless for employees and acts as a quintessential logistical hub with more than 88 million vehicles per day. The campus is also served by public transportation via Chemical Road and offers an effortless connection for bike commuters by way of the on-site Montgomery County Trail system and nearby Schuylkill River Trail.

The suburb of Plymouth Meeting is home to a wide variety of personal and business conveniences including high-end shopping centers, numerous restaurants, multiple hospitality options, fitness clubs and daycare centers. These additional nearby amenities offer tenants an extraordinary live, work, play lifestyle.

Metroplex Two anticipates seeing the same resounding success as Metroplex One, which is fully leased and home to an array of tenants from prominent law firms to leading healthcare companies.

“Metroplex Two is sensational, as it checks many boxes for tenants between its accessible location, sustainable design, extensive list of amenities, and exceptional tenant branding opportunities. It will offer any corporation the ultimate office environment and one the Philadelphia market has yet to experience. It’s the kind of building that will not only attract talent but make them never want to work anywhere else. The suburban location removes the pains of parking and employees will reap additional benefits from the fitness center, ample outdoor space, and the wide range of retail and restaurant options in the immediate area.”

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