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Old Posted Feb 1, 2012, 7:43 AM
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There is a very large and deep hole that doesn't appear in these pictures. Maybe it is just the basement?
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There is a very large and deep hole that doesn't appear in these pictures. Maybe it is just the basement?
At this point, the site has been backfilled and graded flat. There's alot of heavy equipment on site drilling foundation pilings for poured concrete - the same technique was used at the St. James several years ago.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2012, 5:44 AM
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At this point, the site has been backfilled and graded flat. There's alot of heavy equipment on site drilling foundation pilings for poured concrete - the same technique was used at the St. James several years ago.
Do you know why they dig such a big hole just to fill it in again?
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2012, 5:38 PM
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Do you know why they dig such a big hole just to fill it in again?
It looked like they were digging out the foundation of the old building. Any Arch. or Eng. out there who know for sure?
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2012, 7:39 PM
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At this point, the site has been backfilled and graded flat. There's alot of heavy equipment on site drilling foundation pilings for poured concrete - the same technique was used at the St. James several years ago.
Are they installing caissons or soldier piles for excavation? For those who do not know, soldier piles are "I" beams that are installed along the perimeter to support excavation.
     
     
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Are they installing caissons or soldier piles for excavation? For those who do not know, soldier piles are "I" beams that are installed along the perimeter to support excavation.
Not that I noticed. There's a row of houses along 22nd St., adjacent to the site - it looked like some support work was done along the back of those homes - but not soldier piles.
     
     
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Here's a photo from yesterday (by me). As others have mentioned, there's a lot going on but there's no hole to speak of.

     
     
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Awesome thanks for the update. I'm glad to see this project moving forward however.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2012, 2:05 AM
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Not as much to see but you can see some ground work. From Sansom.....


IMG_2425 by Dharmalar, on Flickr
     
     
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Not as much to see but you can see some ground work. From Sansom.....


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In this photo that looks like a caisson which is part of the building foundation. I thought the tower was suppose to have sub-grade levels?

...or unless this is a type of a shoring system I have never seen. Can anyone confirm?
     
     
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It's a parking deck with a tower. No sub-grade levels, as far as I know. The same technique was used at the St. James at 8th & Walnut. No sub-grade levels there either.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 6:13 PM
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Solomon Cordwell Buenz

St. James. Tower above deck.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:40 PM
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Walk by this project on way to work. Construction worker said it's coming out of the ground mid April - early May.
     
     
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Walk by this project on way to work. Construction worker said it's coming out of the ground mid April - early May.
Good work Snoop.

Not the tallest of towers but given the location will be fun to watch rise.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2012, 6:51 PM
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Walk by this project on way to work. Construction worker said it's coming out of the ground mid April - early May.
Wow... There must be a lot of caissons to install.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2012, 9:43 PM
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Good work Snoop.

Not the tallest of towers but given the location will be fun to watch rise.
Speaking of height, I decided to go on a mini google quest to try to find the damn height of this building. Well, I found some minutes from the PCPC from July 2009, I guess when this was first proposed? Obviously some things have changed with the building since then, but according to the document:

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Mr. Plunkard replied it is 338 ft. tall.
Mr. Gallery replied the plans that were shown to him by Paula Brumbelow
showed the face of the building was 44 ft. and the tower on the top of that was 337 ft.
Those were the plans that he was given to review yesterday.
Mr. Plunkard replied that the 331 includes the base.
Plunkard is/was the architect at the time. Gallery is from the Preservation Alliance.

Full text here (text is on the printed page 3 of the document): http://www.philaplanning.org/pubinfo...-09%20mins.pdf

So in this short span of text there's 3 different heights mentioned. But I can't even recall how many stories it was at the time. At first I thought it was weird if the building was 338ft. and 34 stories -- seems like a real Chicago style cram-in-the-stories thing to do... but then I remembered where the developer is from.

I don't know if this helps anything or makes things more confusing, just thought I'd share.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2012, 2:05 AM
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The height was estimated to be 379 feet when it was 33 floors. Now the tower is 35 floors, so I would guess it's at least over 399 feet lol. There is speculation that it will be over 400 feet.
     
     
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Center City/University City

I've been thinking about this project and its purported underwhelming height. I actually don't mind. One of the primary interests of the city is to bring University City and Center City together. While this project is a ways away from the Schuylkill, it's important to have more building density on BOTH sides of the river. This will make the transition over the bridges appear more seamless, thus fulfilling the city's interest in incorporating the two districts.

It reminds me of Chicago. While Chicago has much higher building density along its Chicago River, it wasn't so many years back. At that time, anything north/west of the Chicago River was relegated to highrise status. As a result, the river seemed to be more like the Schuylkill is now - a line of demarcation between two districts. As the building density grew in the 90's and 00's, one can look across the Chicago River and still feel like they're in the same neighborhood.

All building from Greys Ferry - Vine, 20th St. - 36th Street - above 20 stories will help manifest this idea.
     
     
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Solomon Cordwell Buenz

St. James. Tower above deck.
Where that iz?
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2012, 8:07 PM
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Where that iz?
If you're asking where that is, it is on the corner of 8th and Walnut next to Washington Square park.
     
     
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