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Old Posted Oct 8, 2012, 5:30 PM
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PHILADELPHIA | Wanamaker Plaza | 214 FT | 14 FLOORS

Phase 1 of the Wanamaker Plaza redevelopment by the Goldenberg Group at the old John Wanamaker High School site next to Temple University has begun.

Phase 1 includes a 14 floor 214 foot residential tower aimed at students designed by Wallace, Roberts and Todd. Future phases may include more towers as well as a community center for local residents.

Title: Wanamaker Plaza North Tower
Project: 600 student beds in 180 units
Architect: Wallace, Roberts & Todd
Developer: The Goldenberg Group
Location: 1100 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood: Templetown
District: North Philadelphia
Floors: 14
Height: 214 ft



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http://www.wrtdesign.com/projects/de...velopment-/205

Cost estimates put this project at $150mill
http://dodgeprojects.construction.co...VVviewprod.htm

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Old Posted Oct 8, 2012, 5:38 PM
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Old John Wanamaker Middle School being demoed a few months ago



Site prep after the demo
     
     
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Work then halted for a few months. Original designs called for a reuse of the existing building. However, the building was deemed unfit and was demolished. New renders were released and work has begun again on the site.

     
     
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The old school had some nice mosaic murals facing Cecil B. Moore Ave. Oh well.
     
     
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What I heard is that Wanamaker was always a "sick" building. It was a handsome structure--an exemplar of Midcentury vernacular--but there was a reason it was closed a mere 30-some-odd years after it was built.

Oh well--the original site plan was IMO superior to whatever produces that Corbusierian panelák.


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Interesting, though I think it'd look even better if the one wing was stacked atop the other.
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Work is full steam ahead

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I swung by there the other day. If I'm not misreading the construction, the first phase will run along the 12th St. side of the site all the way from Cecil B. Moore to Montgomery.
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I swung by there the other day. If I'm not misreading the construction, the first phase will run along the 12th St. side of the site all the way from Cecil B. Moore to Montgomery.
Hmm weird... I could have sworn this would was going to be along Montgomery.
     
     
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I probably misread it. I had initially read the shallow hole as the building core, but work is definitely clustered along Montgomery.
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i think that 214 ft number must be off. this is a 14 story bldg. maybe the roof is 214 ft abve datum. but unlikely from street level.
     
     
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i think that 214 ft number must be off. this is a 14 story bldg. maybe the roof is 214 ft abve datum. but unlikely from street level.
No, it is 214 feet. I confirmed it with a construction worker.
     
     
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No, it is 214 feet. I confirmed it with a construction worker.
Nice renderings.

But I think that worker is wrong. How could a 14-story student residential building be 214 feet? That's basically 15 feet per floor.
     
     
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Nice renderings.

But I think that worker is wrong. How could a 14-story student residential building be 214 feet? That's basically 15 feet per floor.
First floor will be about 18'5". All remaining 13 floors will be 13'5". Each slab between floors is the usual 7.5". In total that brings the building to 203 feet plus a 8 foot high roof brings it to 211 feet... and those are just assumed numbers... so this could easily and very well be 214 feet.

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<--- I got sunglasses. Not because the tower is cool like fonzi, it's just so BRIGHT.
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According to Wallace, Roberts & Todd's website, groundbreaking for this is next Monday.

http://www.wrtdesign.com/
     
     
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The new render actually shows a modest improvement...Annoying that WRT removed the old ones from its site...
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