Evo at Cira Centre South is nearing completion and reps tell us that the building will be completed by September 1st — all 33 floors of it. Designed by Erdy McHenry with an asymmetrical pointed apex and shimmering glass facade to mimic its big bro Cira Centre, a sign hung on the Chestnut Street side of the building proclaims that Evo is "move-in ready" — even as construction still hums high above the street. Rob Dann, COO of Campus Crest, a publicly traded company that has a partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust to operate the building, told us that residents started to move in on August 1st. Everything below the 28th floor is completely finished, including the "turn-key" apartments. "We've leased 333 beds as of July 31st, with 144 having moved in as of August 1st," said Dann. At 430 feet high, Evo will be the tallest student-housing property in the nation.
So far, it's mainly students from UPenn's Wharton that have moved into the building. Evo will gravitate towards graduate students and young professionals still "living the college lifestyle." It certainly helps to attract that crowd when your building has a rooftop infinity pool, game room and two-story gymnasium/fitness center with separate areas for pilates and cardio. "It's pretty spectacular," said Dann, referencing not only the amenities but also the view from the 32nd and 33rd floors. Dann said a father of a resident was "very impressed" with the overall "urban look" of the building and apartments.
Evo is the second building in the Cira Centre triumvirate. It's preceded by the aptly named Cira Centre at 30th and Arch Street and will be followed by the 49-floor FMC Tower, which is a nearby neighbor of Evo at 30th and Walnut Street. The two will eventually share a green roof park by way of a converted top floor at the adjacent parking garage.
Note: This post was updated to show that Erdy McHenry is the designer behind the Evo at Cira Centre South project.
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