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Old February 9th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #661
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I see that hotel space will occupy the upper floors. Hopefully they won't be priced out of my price range. I believe it is going to be a Westin.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #662
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Added today by Foster + Partners
http://www.archello.com/en/project/c...hnology-center

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Comcast to expand Philadelphia presence with state-of-the-art, $1.2 billion‘Comcast Innovation and Technology Center’

Designed by Lord Norman Foster and Developed by Liberty Property Trust to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, 59-Story Tower Will Include Four Seasons Hotel.

Thousands of Jobs and Billions of Dollars of Economic Activity to be Created in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth.

Full article : http://www.archello.com/en/project/c...hnology-center

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Old February 11th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #663
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I think the 2 tallest complement each other pretty good.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 05:20 AM   #664
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That render shows the CITC completely blocking out Liberty Place I and II.

Talk about upstaging!
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Old February 13th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #665
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Is Comcast's acquisition of TWC the reason this tower is being built?
Kinda crazy that the two tallest buildings in the city are for the same company.
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Old February 18th, 2014, 06:58 AM   #666
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Does anyone know when the groundbreaking is going to take place?

I've only heard the rumor "sometime this spring" ...

Well, spring starts in about 1 month!
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Old February 18th, 2014, 07:10 AM   #667
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Is Comcast's acquisition of TWC the reason this tower is being built?
Kinda crazy that the two tallest buildings in the city are for the same company.
The rise of online media distribution outlets which threatens traditional cable operators as well as Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal prompted this tower. The Time Warner deal is going to be difficult to pull off given the antitrust issues so it may be another 2 years before the dust settles on that one. The lack of overlap between the two cable giants suggests some minor consolidation as Comcast cherry picks TWC's corporate suite and shifts those people into their own offices.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 12:50 AM   #668
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New Comcast tower gets unanimous approval from Planning Commission

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The City Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend five bills aimed at smoothing the course for what will be Philadelphia’s tallest building, the new Comcast tower at 18th and Arch streets in Center City.

The bills were introduced in Council at the end of January, and will be heard in back-to-back committee hearings next Tuesday, Feb. 25th, starting at noon. The bills make various zoning changes to allow the new tower to be built without further approvals, such as raising the maximum density bonuses that the developer, Liberty Property Trust, can claim. They also upzone the property from CMX-4 to CMX-5, and remove the parcel from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway zoning overlay, which has a height limit of 125 feet.

Other bills authorize encroachments on the public right-of-way and adjustments to public streets.

Liberty’s John Gattuso said the project, which is estimated to cost $1.2 billion, will begin construction this summer and be completed by the end of 2017. It will include a 222-room Four Seasons hotel, two restaurants, and a water-and-glass sculpture inside the main entrance facing 18th Street.


The project also entails the extension of the SEPTA regional rail concourse across 18th Street, for which the state and city have contributed a combined $40 million dollars. Aside from that public contribution, Gattuso told PlanPhilly, the development will be financed entirely by Comcast and Liberty. (Comcast will be able to take advantage of job-creation tax credits once it starts bringing in new employees.)

Gattuso said that Liberty’s “biggest miss” in building the first Comcast tower — the soon-to-be second-tallest building in the city — was not including enough bicycle parking. The new tower will include spaces for approximately 175 bikes, Gattuso said.

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If Council approves the bills, the project will only need to go through Civic Design Review before construction can begin.


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/po...V0s66V77Wr7.99
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Old February 20th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #669
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Philly's first supertall one step closer...
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 06:48 AM   #670
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What is the name of the other building next to the Comcast one?
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 07:11 AM   #671
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What is the name of the other building next to the Comcast one?
The red one?

That's the Verizon Tower

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Yup.. even thought the other Comcast tower is basically a supertall (297 meters to the roof)
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 04:29 PM   #672
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i consider this a spire . in a way it pulls it off better than the willshire which in some ways have a similar design .
Interesting comparison. For me both of those new tallest towers are disappointing but I like Philly's better.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 04:56 AM   #673
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Is Comcast's acquisition of TWC the reason this tower is being built?
Kinda crazy that the two tallest buildings in the city are for the same company.

Nope. Comcast acquiring TWC came after the plans and announcement for this tower. Comcast also owns NBC/Universal. Comcast is in DESPERATE need of space and has been for quite some time. With this tower, Comcast will consolidate 1,000 employees around Center City into this one tower, bring in 800 Comcast/NBC employees from the suburbs and other states, and create 1,000 new jobs. Comcast will not only occupy 80% of the office space, but it will own that 80%, not lease it. The rest of the 20% of the building will be leased out.

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Does anyone know when the groundbreaking is going to take place?

I've only heard the rumor "sometime this spring" ...

Well, spring starts in about 1 month!
Spring. Probably April or May.

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What is the name of the other building next to the Comcast one?
Used to be called the Bell Atlantic Building. When Verizon acquired Bell Atlantic, it was shortly named Verizon Tower. Now, it's simply called Three Logan Square.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 01:10 PM   #674
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Details Revealed for Comcast Innovation & Technology Center



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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

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Concourse level overview


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West elevation
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 01:22 PM   #675
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I do not like it from its north elevation. Excessily massive.. I would prefer something more slender. I think that it would suit Philly better.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 01:25 PM   #676
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Круто! потрясающий проект.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 05:58 AM   #677
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I do not like it from its north elevation. Excessily massive.. I would prefer something more slender. I think that it would suit Philly better.
Better than a massive empty lot in CC Philadelphia IMO.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 02:15 AM   #679
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gorgeous building....
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Old April 5th, 2014, 02:37 AM   #680
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Like others, I prefer the view from the west because the spire looks like a more integral part of the design and the building looks slimmer. But it's still a pretty conservative treatment for Foster.
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