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12 new Philly high-rises opening in 2018

Including Philly’s first supertall!

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It doesn’t take much more than a short walk around the city to see that Philly is on the rise—literally. At Curbed Philly’s last count, 27 high-rises were under construction, and many more are in the pipeline.

But after a year of navigating construction sites and peering up toward soaring construction cranes, we’ll all be able to breath a sigh of relief when at least 10 of the new high-rises finally finish construction in 2018. In fact, 8 million square feet of construction is expected to deliver next year, including Philly’s first supertall tower, the 60-story Comcast Technology Center.

There are a lot of high-rises that are currently undergoing major renovations and overhauls, but for the purposes of this map, the following 10 points only include new towers built from the ground up that will open their doors in 2018.

Did we miss a new tower set to deliver in next year? Let us know in the comments or send us a tip!

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Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Technology

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The first phase of this Penn project will deliver this year, bringing the first 10 stories to Penn’s medical campus. It will house offices, a daycare, the Investigative Drug Services Pharmacy, and more of the hospital's Bio Bank Freezer Farm. At its final height, the Perkins+Wills-designed building will clock in at 18 stories.

3675 Market St

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When 3675 Market finishes construction in early 2018, it will be the first tower built from the ground up that’s part of the $1 billion uCity Square campus. This 14-story office tower designed by ZGF Architects broke ground in early January 2017, and all 342,000 square feet of it will serve as a retail, business, office, research, and development space.

Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics

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Construction began in December 2015 on this new, glassy addition to the existing Philadelphia Trust Building. When it opens in spring 2018, the center will merge Penn’s Political Science Department and Department of Economics.

Rendering by KPMB

2110 Walnut St

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Called 2110 Walnut, this 46,000-square-foot project involves a Frank Furness-designed brownstone that is in one of the architect’s oldest designs still standing in Philly. Along with a five-story addition to the brownstone, a nine-story condo building is on the rise right next to it. In total, there will be nine condos and ground-floor retail. The project is expected to deliver in early 2018.

Rendering by Cecil Baker + Partners

Comcast Technology Center

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More than 1,000 employees who helped build the Comcast Technology Center signed the final beam on Tuesday, December 20, marking a major milestone for what is already the tallest building in Philadelphia. The 60-story tower designed by Foster+Partners is 1,121 feet tall, making it the city’s first supertall tower and the tallest building on the East Coast outside of New York and Chicago. It’s expected to finish construction in early 2018, although the Four Seasons Hotel will not open until later in the year.

Photo by Melissa Romero

Lincoln Square

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After officially breaking ground in January 2017, Lincoln Square is eyeing the finish line in late 2018. The mixed-use development designed by BLT Architects will bring TK apartments, a grocery store, a Target, and a Petsmart to the corner of South Broad and Washington Avenue.

The exterior of Lincoln Square in Philadelphia. The facade is under construction. Photo by Melissa Romero

The Alexander

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A recent tour of the Alexander, an apartment building designed by Robert A.M. Stern, revealed that it was on track to open in late January 2018. The 34-story tower at 300 Alexander Court will bring 277 high-end apartments to the corner of 16th and Vine, plus a viewing deck off the 34th floor with nearly 360-degree views of the city.

The exterior of the Alexander in Philadelphia. The building is tall with a brown brick facade. Photos by Melissa Romero

W Hotel and Element by Westin

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The W Hotel and Element by Westin has been quickly rising on the corner of 15th and Chestnut since breaking ground in and taking on one of the largest concrete pours in Philly’s history. When the Cope Linder Architects-designed hotel opens in spring 2018, and will feature 295 rooms under the W Hotel flag and 460 rooms under the Element by Westin. 

A group of tall buildings in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

440 N 15th St

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After breaking ground in September, the first of two towers at the Hamilton is expected to finish construction in August 2018. It build 10 stories with 279 units on top of a parking garage. The second phase will follow with another 16-story tower and more apartments.

Rendering by MY Architecture

Cambria Hotel

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What was once home to a natatorium and then a parking lot will soon be the 14-story Cambria Hotel. Designed by DAS Architects, the 222-room hotel will feature ground-floor restaurant, a 2,500-square-foot pool area, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and a large roof top lounge right on Broad Street.

The exterior of the Cambria Philadelphia building. The facade is grey with multiple windows and balconies and fire escapes. Photo by Melissa Romero

1199 Ludlow St

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After topping out at 23 stories in late November, 1199 Ludlow is on track to finish construction in late 2018. The tower, designed by BLT Architects, will be the second and taller apartment tower at the major mixed-use project East Market. The two-story retail podium will be home to Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Wawa, City Fitness, and Iron Hill Brewery.

Photos by Melissa Romero

The Ludlow

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Right next door to 1199 Ludlow is the 17-story Ludlow, the shorter of the two residential towers going up at East Market. The 322 apartments have already started pre-leasing, and should start moving in first residents in 2018.

The exterior of the Ludlow in Philadelphia. The building is grey with multiple windows. Photo by Melissa Romero

Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Technology

The first phase of this Penn project will deliver this year, bringing the first 10 stories to Penn’s medical campus. It will house offices, a daycare, the Investigative Drug Services Pharmacy, and more of the hospital's Bio Bank Freezer Farm. At its final height, the Perkins+Wills-designed building will clock in at 18 stories.

3675 Market St

When 3675 Market finishes construction in early 2018, it will be the first tower built from the ground up that’s part of the $1 billion uCity Square campus. This 14-story office tower designed by ZGF Architects broke ground in early January 2017, and all 342,000 square feet of it will serve as a retail, business, office, research, and development space.

Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics

Rendering by KPMB

Construction began in December 2015 on this new, glassy addition to the existing Philadelphia Trust Building. When it opens in spring 2018, the center will merge Penn’s Political Science Department and Department of Economics.

Rendering by KPMB

2110 Walnut St

Rendering by Cecil Baker + Partners

Called 2110 Walnut, this 46,000-square-foot project involves a Frank Furness-designed brownstone that is in one of the architect’s oldest designs still standing in Philly. Along with a five-story addition to the brownstone, a nine-story condo building is on the rise right next to it. In total, there will be nine condos and ground-floor retail. The project is expected to deliver in early 2018.

Rendering by Cecil Baker + Partners

Comcast Technology Center

Photo by Melissa Romero

More than 1,000 employees who helped build the Comcast Technology Center signed the final beam on Tuesday, December 20, marking a major milestone for what is already the tallest building in Philadelphia. The 60-story tower designed by Foster+Partners is 1,121 feet tall, making it the city’s first supertall tower and the tallest building on the East Coast outside of New York and Chicago. It’s expected to finish construction in early 2018, although the Four Seasons Hotel will not open until later in the year.

Photo by Melissa Romero

Lincoln Square

The exterior of Lincoln Square in Philadelphia. The facade is under construction. Photo by Melissa Romero

After officially breaking ground in January 2017, Lincoln Square is eyeing the finish line in late 2018. The mixed-use development designed by BLT Architects will bring TK apartments, a grocery store, a Target, and a Petsmart to the corner of South Broad and Washington Avenue.

The exterior of Lincoln Square in Philadelphia. The facade is under construction. Photo by Melissa Romero

The Alexander

The exterior of the Alexander in Philadelphia. The building is tall with a brown brick facade. Photos by Melissa Romero

A recent tour of the Alexander, an apartment building designed by Robert A.M. Stern, revealed that it was on track to open in late January 2018. The 34-story tower at 300 Alexander Court will bring 277 high-end apartments to the corner of 16th and Vine, plus a viewing deck off the 34th floor with nearly 360-degree views of the city.

The exterior of the Alexander in Philadelphia. The building is tall with a brown brick facade. Photos by Melissa Romero

W Hotel and Element by Westin

A group of tall buildings in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

The W Hotel and Element by Westin has been quickly rising on the corner of 15th and Chestnut since breaking ground in and taking on one of the largest concrete pours in Philly’s history. When the Cope Linder Architects-designed hotel opens in spring 2018, and will feature 295 rooms under the W Hotel flag and 460 rooms under the Element by Westin. 

A group of tall buildings in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

440 N 15th St

Rendering by MY Architecture

After breaking ground in September, the first of two towers at the Hamilton is expected to finish construction in August 2018. It build 10 stories with 279 units on top of a parking garage. The second phase will follow with another 16-story tower and more apartments.

Rendering by MY Architecture

Cambria Hotel

The exterior of the Cambria Philadelphia building. The facade is grey with multiple windows and balconies and fire escapes. Photo by Melissa Romero

What was once home to a natatorium and then a parking lot will soon be the 14-story Cambria Hotel. Designed by DAS Architects, the 222-room hotel will feature ground-floor restaurant, a 2,500-square-foot pool area, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and a large roof top lounge right on Broad Street.

The exterior of the Cambria Philadelphia building. The facade is grey with multiple windows and balconies and fire escapes. Photo by Melissa Romero

1199 Ludlow St

Photos by Melissa Romero

After topping out at 23 stories in late November, 1199 Ludlow is on track to finish construction in late 2018. The tower, designed by BLT Architects, will be the second and taller apartment tower at the major mixed-use project East Market. The two-story retail podium will be home to Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Wawa, City Fitness, and Iron Hill Brewery.

Photos by Melissa Romero

The Ludlow

The exterior of the Ludlow in Philadelphia. The building is grey with multiple windows. Photo by Melissa Romero

Right next door to 1199 Ludlow is the 17-story Ludlow, the shorter of the two residential towers going up at East Market. The 322 apartments have already started pre-leasing, and should start moving in first residents in 2018.

The exterior of the Ludlow in Philadelphia. The building is grey with multiple windows. Photo by Melissa Romero