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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 8:39 PM
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Colket Translational Research Building

Website: Ballinger.

Location: 3550 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Client: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Usage: Istitutional
Height: Expandable to 20+ floors
Architect: Ballinger
Mechanical/Electrical Engineers: Bard, Rao & Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC
Structural Engineers: LeMessurier Consultants
Civil Engineers: Pennoni Associates, Inc.
Laboratory Planner: GPR Planners Collaborative, Inc.
Construction Team: Turner Construction Co.
Cost: $235,000,000
Completion: 2009

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According to one source,
"To accommodate future growth, there is potential to expand the building to 22 stories."

However the lead architect's website says the facility is projected to be 29 stories,
"The new research tower for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is borne out of a Master Plan to create a unique, identifiable South campus that expands research, clinical research, ambulatory care, office and support facilities. Having participated in the planning process, Ballinger is now implementing the Master Plan's research initiative - the design of 1,000,000 SF of basic research and biomedical research, supported by a 275,000 SF vivarium. The 29-story facility occupies a prominent urban site across from the Main Campus and will project an image worthy of the nation's #1 Children's Hospital. The tower will be connected to neighboring Abramson Research Center to encourage colleague interaction within a secure scientific research area."

This tower is part of Children's Hospital's 10-year, $1,500,000,000 expansion program. Construction has already begun.

Renderings: Courtesy of Ballinger Architects








Groundbreaking Ceremony; June 2006: Photo courtesy of Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

From left to right,
Stephen B. Burke
, Children's Hospital trustee; Philip R. Johnson, MD, chief scientific officer; Tristram C. Colket, Jr., trustee; Emma Cullen, Colket granddaughter; Ruth M. Colket, trustee; Steven M. Altschuler, MD, Children's Hospital president and CEO; and Honorable Ed G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2008, 12:09 AM
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Here is a aerial rendering or the Colket tower among the other Chop buildings.


Render from CHOP Journal of Hope
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Nice find, william. Too bad West Philly is a lost cause.
     
     
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Nice find, william. Too bad West Philly is a lost cause.
At least if you get mugged on this street, help is close by. BTW thanks for the thread. I love this building (as per the rendering) and the way it will look coming in on I-76.
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29 stories would look great in that location. but right now they are building an 8 story building:

http://www.turnerconstruction.com/co...ent.asp?d=6201
     
     
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29 stories would look great in that location. but right now they are building an 8 story building:

http://www.turnerconstruction.com/co...ent.asp?d=6201
Unless I am missing somthing the press release said 11 floors......although that release is also pretty old and outdated since phase II is obviously well under way. I still don't understand why they would hang a picture of a much bigger building on the fence out front.
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Just because there is a potential phase later to maybe raise it above 8 or 11 floors, does not make this a high-rise (12+ or 15+ depending on who you ask). Or else CAM and numerous other medical buildings would have been highrise projects as well.
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Just because there is a potential phase later to maybe raise it above 8 or 11 floors, does not make this a high-rise (12+ or 15+ depending on who you ask). Or else CAM and numerous other medical buildings would have been highrise projects as well.
You are correct. I at least am assuming the building will look like the picture they put up at the constrction site which is clearly a hi-rise. (It's a logical assumption, no?) I don't interpret the picture as "future plans" because it doesn't include the other buildings that we now know are projected for the future. Besides, the actual fact of adding that many floors to an existing, occupied building is very impractical and rarely happens. The most rational path would be to build the whole building now and grow into it.
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Love to see CHoP growing and becoming more of a national fixture! Love the building, and I'm sure they'll build the entire thing. With our city's crime problems and a growing national health care crisis (obesity in children coming to mind), in some ways I wish CHoP didn't need to expand
     
     
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Thanks dfane for this confirmation posted in another thread.

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It should be 22 or so stories. They may even go higher to move the IT people and datacenter over there.
I saw blueprints and some of the network diagram(may work on the cabling and move).
This building is strictly research and like I said other non medical staff.
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It's fascinating, the way Philly is being reborn. I really hope it comes to live up to it's moniker as "America's Next Great City".
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What's with the West Philly hate, people?

Exciting things are going on in University City, and the rest of West Philly is still a nice place too!
     
     
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That ex-Civic Center area is going to be pretty sick (no pun intended!) in a few years. CAM by itself is quite massive in person. Partner CAM with its eventual 3 10+ story towers next to the CHoP plans, and it will be quite a glass walled campus to behold.

Definitely good news for the local construction crews. Both UPenn and CHoP are doing quite well financially. I know UPenn is paying for the CAM construction with literal cash flow, no loans which is just about silly for not-for-profit to be able to do. Keep those cash donations coming alumni!

Though that Colket building aims to block some of my shots of that area with CC in the background (CC being Cira Centre, Comcast Center, and Center City for that matter on those shots).
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What's with the West Philly hate, people?

Exciting things are going on in University City, and the rest of West Philly is still a nice place too!

Exciting?
Some of us would rather get our excitement on TV (cops, America's Most Wanted) . It's a lot safer that way.
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Whatever. If you're afraid of the city you're missing out.
     
     
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What's with the West Philly hate, people?

Exciting things are going on in University City, and the rest of West Philly is still a nice place too!
Hate? Not from me. My comment was pure sarcasm directed at another idiot poster who said those words about West Philly elsewhere on this site. I was poking fun at his ignorance.

As for me, I LOVE West Philly. Trust me on that.
     
     
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As for me, I LOVE West Philly. Trust me on that.
Me too. I love West Philly more than you do.
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CHOP is truly a gem of Philadelphia

CHOP ROCKS!! So does U-Penn. I am frequently in that area. Without question it is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood outside of Center City. The rendering of the new projects looks really great. CHOP can pull this off. They are truly a first class act.

I must also say that at least in the CHOP, U-Penn, Drexel part of town I feel pretty safe.

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