New Comcast Tower will be Philadelphia’s Tallest Building
Challenging Tower Block Structure
Foster + Partners describe the new Comcast as a vertically stepped tower, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC at the base, and a 12-storey hotel above. The hotel lobby is at the apex of the tower, along with a restaurant and bar with unrivalled city views.
The core is split, creating a visual axis through the building to Comcast Tower and a clear orientation spine. This central spine is articulated at the top of the building as illuminated blades of glass, which extends 126 feet (38 metres) above the tower to provide a marker on the skyline.
The tower façades are highlighted by panoramic glass lifts and a series of thirteen three-storey sky gardens, which rise up through the eastern elevation to draw a continuous strand of greenery through the building.
Construction Works Well Advanced
Comcast is adding to its footprint in downtown Philadelphia as B. Pietrini and Sons is the concrete contractor who is pumping and placing the concrete for the new Comcast Technology Center next to the existing Comcast Center.
The new tower, scheduled to be topped out in 2017, will be the tallest in the United States outside of New York and Chicago. It will eclipse the height of the neighbouring Comcast structure by more than 200-feet.
The new structure will be the highest that B. Pietrini’s crew have ever worked on in the company’s nearly 70 year history.
Pumping began in November of 2014 with a 3,800-yard foundation pour that measured 102 by 96-feet.
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