image courtesy West 8 and SHoP Architects Below street level, a sheltered subterranean connection passing through the center of the building, lined with shops, works of art and seating areas, links the existing Comcast Center with the new building and the city’s subway system. The building also features systems to ensure water efficiency with green roofs, waterless urinals and high-performance cooling towers. This central spine is articulated at the top of the building as an illuminated blade of glass, which extends 125 feet (38 meters) high to provide a marker on the skyline. The Comcast Technology Center, rising 1,121 feet above the ground, is the tallest skyscraper in the city of Philadelphia. [7][9] The first personnel began moving into the building in late July 2018[10] and the tower was open to the public in October of that year. The sphere is wrapped in a series of interlocking panels that create an infinite geometric pattern. The skyscraper is the deal of the year. The new Comcast Technology Center is a rare mega project that speaks directly to its hometown, making it accessible to the public and casting Comcast in a whole new light. Comcast Technology Center is the newest skyscraper addition to the Philadelphia skyline. [6] Curved corners mark every room door to enhance the impression of space – a language that continues in the interior layout of the rooms. At the Comcast Media and Technology Center, we use Design Innovation (DI) to discover and understand complex opportunities, … The Comcast Technology Center is a "supertall" skyscraper in Center City, Philadelphia. The restaurant is a soaring triple-height space, fully glazed on three sides. [15] The L.F. Driscoll Company was the construction contractor. FROM THE ARCHITECTS: Foster + Partners has won an international competition to design the Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre, a mixed-use tower combining high-tech research and development spaces with a hotel at 1800 Arch Street in Philadelphia, next to the existing Comcast Tower. The moving water is a counteracting force on windy days to reduce swaying of the upper part of the tower. The newly opened 60-story, 1,121-foot Comcast Technology Center is the latest addition to our vertical campus, joining the Comcast Center, our global headquarters, 2 Logan, 3 Logan and Centre Square, in the heart of Philadelphia. Russell Hales, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners said: “We wanted the hotel to be welcoming, personal and most importantly, functional. [11], The lead architect was Foster and Partners,[12][13][14] with Kendall/Heaton Associates the collaborating architect,[2] and interior design by Gensler with Foster and Partners in collaboration. Comcast's NBC station WCAU (channel 10), along with Telemundo's WWSI (channel 62) announced plans to move their studio operations and offices from City Avenue, the Philadelphia-Bala Cynwyd boundary, to several of the lower floors of the building. The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Building, The Philadelphia Museum of Art “Core Project” The hotel comprises nine floors of guest rooms. 0 The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. This was followed by a series of public workshops led by acclaimed chef Greg Vernick and celebrated floral designer Jeff Leatham, among several others, in the many public spaces, cafes and restaurants within the new building. An … [19][1] The stations completed the on-air move on October 21, 2018, though some operations (such as the base for the station live vehicles) will remain in Bala Cynwyd for the time being. As the technology consultants to this tech company, handling all their communication technology, as well as the acoustic design, we helped sync their HQ to the rhythms of Philadelphia and their network to the world. The building is named after its lead tenant, cable company Comcast , which makes the skyscraper its corporate headquarters. The typical floorplate has been designed to optimize and control light levels through efficient glazing with high light transmittance and an automated blind system. The newly built, 60-story Comcast Technology Center in downtown Philadelphia is the city’s tallest structure. Architects: Foster + Partners. The bespoke furniture used throughout the hotel – in the public areas as well as the rooms – has been designed by the practice. The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. At the beginning of 2005, the final redesign and its new name—the Comcast Center—was unveiled. This ‘urban room’ combines the best elements of a lobby, a plaza and social spaces to create something completely new for residents and visitors of the city, featuring several site-specific works of art such as For Philadelphia by Jenny Holzer and Exploded Paradigm by Conrad Shawcross that animate the space. It has been an absolute privilege to work with this great team put together by Brian Roberts, with Four Seasons bringing high level service and hospitality, Jean-Georges and Greg Vernick, serving amazing food, and Jeff Leatham with his spellbinding floral arrangements. Greg Vernick’s restaurant, Vernick Fish, occupies the entire northern edge of the building on the ground floor, responding to the city’s active street culture. A recent Building in USA by Foster + Partners on e-architect: Philadelphia Architecture Designs – chronological list, Comments / photos for the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia page welcome, image courtesy West 8 and SHoP Architects, Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art Building by Frank Gehry, University of Pennsylvania Building in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Schuylkill Yards Master Plan, Vanderbilt Mansion For Sale, Massachusetts, Seville Buildings: Sevilla Arquitectura, Spain. Comcast 2.0, Comcast Innovation and Technology Center Type CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' By Natalie Kostelni – Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal . image courtesy of architects Enclos was chosen to provide the 800,000+ sq ft of enclosure on the tower, comprised of 10 unique wall systems. The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. Mar 28, 2019, 11:41am EDT. Working alongside Brian Roberts and his talented Comcast team has been a great collaboration and we are all delighted with the outcome.”. Comcast Spectacor Advances Commitment to Renewable Energy and Sustainability Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees, NJ Training Facility will Operate with a … Philadelphia Museum of Art Building by Frank Gehry, New College House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia The lead architect was Foster and Partners, with Kendall/Heaton Associates the collaborating architect, and interior design by Gensler with Foster and Partners in collaboration. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. Philadelphia Schuylkill Yards Master Plan, Pattison Place – Philadelphia Sports Complex. Reflecting Philadelphia’s great civic tradition of public spaces, the base of the building features a sheltered winter garden that foregrounds the main entrance. The opening ceremony of the new Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia marked the completion of the Comcast Technology Center, which includes new, innovative workspaces for Comcast alongside active public spaces, that reflect the vitality of the city. This was followed by a series of … Our vision is that the CU Denver Comcast Media and Technology Center (CMTC) will be a leading hub of Interdisciplinary Design Innovation research and practice at the apex of the Arts, Media, Engineering and Computing, for the local community, the region, the nation, and the world. Originally expected in 2017, the $1.5 billion skyscraper is a year behind schedule and potentially $67 million over budget. The building utilizes an active chilled beam system which reduces the energy loads and creates a healthier working environment. Comcast Liberty Property Trust: Height: 1,121 feet (342 m) Technical details; Floor count: 60: Floor area: 1,566,000 sq ft (145,500 m 2) Design and construction; Architect: Foster and Partners Kendall/Heaton Associates: Developer: Liberty Property Trust: Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti: References More than 80% of the workforce arrive directly by tunnels at the lowest level connecting to Philadelphia’s public transport system – a vital part of the project’s sustainable agenda. Challenge. On arrival guests are greeted by the first glimpses of the panoramic views and are led through the axial flower-lined canyon towards the Jean-Georges lounge, Sky High, which unfolds in a dramatic bar and relaxed seating as guests descend a monumental staircase flanked by two black stone ‘water-walls’. Welcome to the Comcast Center Campus Explore our campus where technology, art and culture come together. The building’s facades are animated by panoramic glass elevators and a series of thirteen three-story sky gardens, which rise up to draw a continuous strand of active spaces through the building. With 59 storeys reaching a height of 1,121 feet, the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is the eighth-tallest building in the US. The 1,121-foot-tall building features 1.3 million square feet of office space and 3,500 square feet of retail and condo units, as well as multiple restaurants and a hotel. Design Architect: Foster Partners Architect of Record: Kendall Heaton Associates The Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre, a mixed-use tower combining high-tech research and development spaces with a hotel at 1800 Arch Street in Philadelphia, next to the existing Comcast Tower. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. We also envisioned the hotel as a celebration of the surrounding city; at every level, the city is on display, whether framed in the triple-height glazed windows of the Sky High restaurant or overlooked by the spectacular infinity-edged swimming pool. The cafes, restaurants and market stalls create a warm and welcoming experience, drawing people into the building. The 1800 Arch Street site is between the residential and social hub of Rittenhouse Square and the cultural district around Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The unique pyramidical mirrored ceiling that stretches across the length of entire floor infuses the space with dynamic reflections, while multiplying the views of the skyline at eye level. Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Strips of protective blue tape still shield the facade’s metal trim, and the contractor has yet to remove the construction barriers from Arch Street. Designed by Foster + Partners, the Comcast Technology Center would rise to a height of 1,121´, replacing the Comcast Center as tallest in the city, and tallest in the United States outside of New York or Chicago. At 1121 feet (341 metres), it will be the city’s tallest building and America’s tallest outside New York … Built as a companion structure to the Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center will soar above the city’s skyline as the tallest building in Philadelphia, upon completion.The centrally located site lies between the residential and social hub of Rittenhouse Square … [1], A set of five tuned sloshing dampers containing 125,000 gallons of water are located in the ceiling of the 57th floor, beneath the hotel lobby. image from architects The interior is fluid and dynamic, with loft-like, highly flexible spaces designed to allow staff great freedom in choosing where and how they work. This is a testament to what the term collaboration means.”. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city's tallest building. This project has been six years in the making, where every detail has been thought through. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. In mapping out its vision for the interior design of its Technology Center, Comcast seeks to highlight local artists and give the building a look and feel that completely captures the City of Brotherly Love. Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners explained: “The Comcast Technology Center is like a city within a city, with a rich mix of uses that is embodied by its dynamic spaces – from the publicly accessible winter garden flooded with light, greenery and art for everyone, to the vertical loft-like workspaces in the sky which encourage innovation and creativity, three-story skygardens with break-out spaces, restaurants and cafes, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, and a ‘town hall’ space that brings everyone at Comcast together. 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Every room has full-height glazing providing panoramic views of the city from multiple aspects, including the bathtub.”, Photography © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners, Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia images / information received 241019, Contemporary Philadelphia Architectural Projects, The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – CHOP The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. At an urban scale, the project is conceived as a welcoming addition to the neighborhood, integrated with its shops, bars and restaurants. The service core of vertical circulation is split, creating a visual axis through the building to Comcast Center and a clear orientation spine. Unfinished design of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. A-shaped steel braces are embedded between hotel rooms on the east and west sides, to stiffen the upper part of the building against strong, prevailing winds.[16]. Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects, PC (DDI) is the interior designer and interior architect for a casual but “wow” food service experience, located on the 27th and 28th floors of the new Comcast Technology Center. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. It makes a positive contribution to the surrounding urban fabric, drawing public life into the building and responding to the lively street culture of Philadelphia. Daylight penetrates into the interior spaces through triple height sky gardens. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. Ergonomics was a key consideration in the design process – each space needed to be flexible and operational, yet beautiful. Renderings by Foster and Partners The rumors were confirmed on January 15, 2014, when NBC 10 News, now a tenant on floors 12-14, unveiled the $1.2 billion, 1,566,000-square-foot project. [17] The hotel is on the 48th to 56th floors with a lobby and restaurant on the 60th floor. Nigel Dancey, the architect in charge of the Comcast Technology Center, traces the idea of the building back to 2013, when he lunched in Rittenhouse Square with his boss, Norman Foster, and John Gattuso, senior vice president of Liberty Property Trust. Building on a 20-year relationship with Comcast, Gensler was enlisted to lead a comprehensive and holistic interior design project of the company’s 1.3 million square foot Comcast Technology Center (CTC) building in Philadelphia. The building consists primarily of workspace for Comcast employees and the Four Seasons Hotel, formerly on Logan Circle. The L.F. Driscoll Company was the construction contractor. The building’s circulation follows a defined pattern on every floorplate – an internal ‘street’ runs along the center from the elevators to the eastern edge, where the suites are located. [1] The property is co-owned by Comcast and Liberty Property Trust, and had an estimated construction cost of $1.5 billion. It features Silicon Valley-style loft spaces that encourage technological innovation and collaborative ways of working, while integrating works of art with public spaces and the building fabric. Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson The project will be 80% owned by Comcast, while Liberty Property Trust will hold the remaining 20% interest and manage the new facility. British firm Foster + Partners recently completed work on a new supertall skyscraper in Philadelphia. The Comcast Technology Center has been a long time coming. [5][6] The 60-floor building, with a height of 1,121 feet (342 m), is the tallest building in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the fourteenth-tallest building in the United States and the tallest outside Manhattan and Chicago. Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. "The Comcast Technology Center brings together an unusual mixture of uses to create a new exemplar for the design of tall buildings. The large, open floor plates are filled with daylight – each office level is equivalent in scale to twelve tennis courts. This fifty-nine floor, mixed-use building serves as home to Comcast's new technology campus as well as nearly 1.3 million feet of rentable office space, including a five-star hotel, various restaurants and media center. Each one has full-height glazing, a 10-foot floor-to-ceiling clearance, walk-in wardrobes, a wall screen displaying digital art by Brian Eno, all complemented by a warm palette of materials and bronze tones. As lead architect for the interiors, Gensler designed a vertical campus for 5,000 employees, Comcast’s current and next generation of tech-savvy engineers, product developers, … The tower contains approximately 1.566 million rentable square feet, including 1.334 million rentable square feet of office space, 230,112 square feet of hotel space, and 2,682 rentable square feet of retail space. The Four Seasons Hotel on the upper floors of the building features a series of dramatic spaces, beginning with the reception located on level 60. The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. photograph : Jeff Goldberg, Esto The opening ceremony of the new Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia marked the completion of the Comcast Technology Center, which includes new, innovative workspaces for Comcast alongside active public spaces, that reflect the vitality of the city. Comcast Center was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Liberty Property Trust. Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, said: “The Comcast Technology Center brings together an unusual mixture of uses to create a new exemplar for the design of tall buildings. A hotel—the highest in the country[7]—and restaurant are located on the top floors, while central floors contain offices for Comcast software developers and engineers, and the lowest floors have television studios and retail stores. Towering over the city at a height of 1,121 feet, it has become a part of American History not only as the tallest building in Philadelphia, but as the tenth-tallest building in the United States and as the tallest building outside Manhattan and Chicago in the US. The LEED Platinum design takes advantage of the city’s pleasant climate, offering protection from the harsh winters. [8][9], Construction began in mid-2014 and topped out on November 27, 2017. The tower contains approximately 1.566 million rentable square feet, including 1.334 million rentable square feet of office space, 230,112 square feet of hotel space, and 2,682 rentable square feet of retail space. The entire project contains about 1,566,000 square feet (145,500 m2). Accommodations include 219 rooms, 39 of them suites. Rising up to the upper lobby level reveals The Universal Sphere™, a structure that houses a unique cinematic experience created by Steven Spielberg for all ages, exploring the power of ideas. Commercial. 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Below are several exemplar projects that demonstrate a range of design innovation projects led or mentored by our Executive Director, Prof. Kristin Wood, over the last few years. The tower is located on the southwest corner of 18th and Arch Streets, one block west of the Comcast Center, the headquarters of Comcast Corporation. [18] The building also includes television studios, restaurants, a retail mall, and a parking garage. The Marketplace accommodates a wide array of full and self-serve food stations, a variety of seating for over 560 diners, and private dining rooms with Comcast Technology Center. University of Pennsylvania Building in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Schuylkill Yards Master Plan Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is a 59-storey, 1,121ft high mixed-use tower being developed jointly by Comcast and Liberty Property Trust. Featuring the landmark Comcast Center and Comcast Technology Center where our employees work to imagine the future—and home to Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia and world-class dining—this vertical neighborhood has something for everyone. The new building serves as the dedicated home for our company’s growing workforce of more than 4,000 technologists, engineers, and software architects, as well as the … It makes a positive contribution to the surrounding urban fabric, drawing public life into the building and responding to the lively street culture of Philadelphia," said Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman. The drama continues with the Four Seasons Hotel at the top, featuring the amazing Jean-Georges restaurant that has unparalleled views of the city – rivalled only by the panoramic vistas from each of the rooms in the hotel. The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above. The Vernick Coffee Bar located alongside welcomes visitors and employees to the building, offering both a ‘grab and go’ and table service. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Comcast Innovation and Technology Center Posted on September 10, 2014 Comcast Picks Gensler to Design Interiors of New Philadelphia Tower The 1,121-foot-tall tower will house television stations, a Four Seasons hotel, and various office space. Behind the design of the Comcast Technology Center. Share this page TAGS. Comcast Technology Center is designed to achieve LEED Platinum rating, which marks a high standard of environmental and sustainable design. 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