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Old Posted Jan 15, 2014, 8:54 PM
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PHILADELPHIA | Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | 1,121 FT | 59 FLOORS

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Liberty Property Trust and Comcast Corp. will construct a new $1.2 billion skyscraper on a surface parking lot at 18th and Arch streets in Center City amid the cable giant’s plans to add 1,500 new jobs.
http://corporate.comcast.com/news-in...-press-release

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http://corporate.comcast.com/images/...-1-15-2014.pdf

The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center
The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be a $1.2 billion world-class, state-of-the-art facility along the 1800 block of Arch Street. It will complement Comcast Corporation’s global headquarters, the Comcast Center, and expand the Comcast vertical campus in Center City.

Location
•1800 Arch Street Developer
•Liberty Property Trust Owner
•A joint venture between Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust

Design Architect
•Lord Norman Foster, Foster + Partners Architect of Record
•Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.

General Contractor
•L.F. Driscoll Co.

Development
•1,121 feet tall
•59-story tower
•Approximately 1.517 million rentable square feet, including 1.285 million rentable square feet of office space, 230,112 square feet of hotel space, and 2,682 rentable square feet of retail space
•Featuring 200+ room luxury Four Seasons hotel with world-class spa, fitness, event and meeting facilities
•Exciting new restaurant located on the top floor of the building, offering spectacular 360 degree of the city
•Media center in the heart of the City, featuring the studio and office operations of NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI
•State-of-the-art incubator space for local technology start ups
•Creation of an extended commuter concourse connected underground to Comcast Center and Suburban Station
•Constructed of stainless steel and glass façade
•Designed to attain LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
•Comparable rental rates to existing Trophy Class buildings in Philadelphia, including the Comcast Center

Timeline
•Ground breaking anticipated Summer 2014
•Project completion anticipated Q4 2017

Total Project Cost
•$1.2 billion in total
•$40 million in Commonwealth and City support to defray the cost of public infrastructure improvements. No government dollars will be used to support the office and hotel components of this project.

http://photos.visitphilly.com/new-co...arkway-830.jpg
http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/...nology-center/


http://corporate.comcast.com/news-in...-press-release


http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/...nology-center/


http://philly.curbed.com/archives/20...ogy-center.php


http://corporate.comcast.com/news-in...-press-release


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http://philly.curbed.com/archives/20...ogy-center.php


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Old Posted Jan 15, 2014, 9:00 PM
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hmmm great news ,i think its missing something idk what though,maybe more height to the roof?
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2014, 9:01 PM
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Was the first comcast tower not ugly enough?
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2014, 9:03 PM
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Also a video press release on the comcast corporate website:

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-in...-press-release
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Reminds me of NBC tower in Chicago a bit. Goes with the media theme I guess.


http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/Bu...etail/1042.php

I like the way the spire is integrated into the design and doesn't feel tacked-on.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2014, 9:13 PM
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^yeah ,and the original comcast center was better,this one needs something more to it.
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Reminds me of NBC tower in Chicago a bit. Goes with the media theme I guess.


http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/Bu...etail/1042.php

I like the way the spire is integrated into the design and doesn't feel tacked-on.
OK, that explains the new tower's exterior design - it's got to be a reference to the NBC Tower.

I love the 975' Comcast Center and had high hopes for the design of this long-rumored new tower. The proposed tower is fine in and of itself (and the interior looks fantastic), but I'm disappointed with its integration into the city skyline.

Having a similar roof height right next to the Comcast Center is a big mistake in my opinion; it should have been 1,121 feet to the ROOF, and having a 2nd setback with the spire extending up to the 1,200 or 1,300 mark would have looked better.
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This Building will defiantly have a two face syndrome to it, I love the skinny side, but the other side is decent looking not as good.
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I love the height and the jobs this will bring to the city. I hope the design changes though. It's pretty ugly.
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I love the height and the jobs this will bring to the city. I hope the design changes though. It's pretty ugly.
I wish the roof height was taller. Not digging the blade as the defining height factor. It loos like CC roof height might be taller.

There is still time to make adjustments I hope, but Comcast and Foster were very detailed on this project.

The positive is this building will def. be built and it will start soon.
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Wow im not at all impressed, its massing is very bulky, its extremely overpowering on the whole skyline and not in a good way. I never complain about spires but this tower shouldn't have those fins(?) on the side, the roof should reach 1,121'. Redesign, Redesign,Redesign!!!!!
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Am curious on how this will be illuminated


The spire seems like it would lend itself to something but not sure what

Also imagine the larger floor hieghts will illuminate like the top of the current CC
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From the broad side it looks stumpy
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Obviously Norman Foster designed buildings are controversial with many and this building certainly does just that. I like how it looks from many angles. A lot of this building depends on the glass skin. The original Comcast tower and the Cira Centre have incredible exteriors. Hoping for something like those.
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Is it possible that the roof height in the renderings is just wrong? If the spire is supposed to be 125 feet and the total height is 1121 feet, then wouldn't it be logical that the roof height is 996 feet? That would certainly be taller than Comcast Center's height of 975.

edit: now I get it. The 996 foot roof height is the height of the little piece before the spire. That sucks.
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It would appeqar the outer elevators will be glass, interesting for a building of this height - the ride to the restaurant on the roof may be worth the trip

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/...240319651.html
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It would appeqar the outer elevators will be glass, interesting for a building of this height - the ride to the restaurant on the roof may be worth the trip

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/...240319651.html
Honestly, this is a very 'industrial' looking design and something pretty different for the brethren of Philly's highrises. It took us this long to get a Supertall and a multibillion dollar company to do so. Philly should be proud to have this in its backyard.
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I think at the moment it has a lot of weight on it being that there are still so few towers. Once there is a little bit more tower infil this is going to be beastly. I'd imagine the view from the musuem of art is going to be unbelievable.
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The whining about this project absolutely amazes me.
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