The new FMC Tower officially broke ground last week in University City in a ceremony that included Mayor Michael Nutter and a fireworks display. The tower at 30th and Walnut is going to be a little different than the one we reported about last November, and by that we mean larger: 861,000 square feet in total with 49 floors of offices, retail space, leisure areas, and luxury apartments and suits.
Jerry Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, dubbed it the city's first "vertical neighborhood." It's a notion that is pretty spot on considering residents may truly never have to leave the property, not even for some fresh air and green space. The adjacent parking garage will be turned in to a green roof recreational park called Cira Green and connect to EVO, FMC's slightly older (and smaller) brother to the north.
Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the FMC Tower will be the chemical company's global headquarters.
·FMC Tower at Cira Centre South groundbreaking to bring pizzazz [Philadelphia Business Journal]
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