The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held a Civic Design Review for the much-hyped Comcast Innovation & Technology Center last Monday and here's the breakdown on everything from square footage to bike racks, along with some juicy new renderings and details.
The new Norman Foster-designed tower at 18th & Arch has been fast-tracked for approval and it looks like shovels will be hitting the dirt this summer. Standing tall at 1,121 feet, the CITC will certainly transform the skyline, but how will it transform its immediate footprint? Here's what we've got so far:
· 59 floors, 1,121 ft
· 1,321,921 square feet of office space
· 242,680 square feet of hotel space (222 rooms over 12 floors)
· 3,483 square feet of retail space
· LEED Gold or Platinum (anticipated)
· 126-foot glass blade at top
· Concourse connection to Comcast Center and Suburban Station
· 47 total bike racks on Arch Street/Cuthbert Street
· Ground floor bike shower/changing room
· 21 total outdoor benches
· 20% water use reduction
· 3-story office skygardens
· 70 underground parking spaces
· Open to the public from at least 8AM-9PM daily
Additionally, public art will play a huge role in bringing the tower to life, as at least 1% of the total hard construction cost will be spent on creating art in public places. Stunning lobbies are just one of many things that architect Norman Foster is known for, so it's safe to say that we should expect to be impressed. CITC will also feature a connection to the existing underground concourse, so between the bike-friendly street plan and immediate access to Suburban Station, visitors will have plenty of earth-friendly transit options.
Take a look at the new images below and let us know what you think in the comments section, or click here to access the full PDF.
[All images courtesy of Foster+Partners, Liberty Property Trust, and Comcast]
· Philadelphia City Planning Commission [Official]