New Comcast Center
Philadelphia will be home to one of the tallest buildings in the United States. The new Comcast Center skyscraper will bring jobs and a focus in technology to the City of Brotherly Love.
At one point Philadelphia was a City that stated no building should tower higher than William Penn’s hat at the top of City Hall. The City of Brotherly Love has deviated from this plan. The future 59 story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be over twice as high as the statue of William Penn.
Norman Foster, famed British architect, will design the building which is in line to be the eighth-tallest in the United States. New York’s new One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States, currently standing at 1,775 feet. The new Comcast Center will stand 1,121 feet above central Philadelphia.
The building, costing $1.2 billion, will create 20,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and add $2.75 billion to the local economy, according to Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will consist of three television studios, a retail mall, parking garage, top floor restaurants, offices and hotel space. It was also announced that NBC10 Philadelphia and Telemundo Philadelphia will occupy part of the building. Comcast Sportsnet may move next door from their current location in the Comcast Center to this new building as well.
5 fast facts and figures of new Comcast Center:
- 59 floors
- Stainless steel and glass façade
- 230,112 square feet of hotel space
- 2,682 rentable square feet of retail space
5 tallest building in the city of Philadelphia as of 2014:
The Comcast Center is a skycraper in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 58-stories it is currently the tallest building in Philadelphia and the seventeenth tallest building in the United States.
The complex is composed of a 61-story skyscraper called One Liberty Place, a 58-story skyscraper called Two Liberty Place. One and Two Liberty place also consist of a two-story shopping mall called the Shops at Liberty Place, and the 14-story Westin Philadelphia Hotel.
This Philadelphia skyscraper stands at 54 stories. The building stands on the former site of the city’s Greyhound bus terminal. The address of the building is 1735 Market Street (between Market Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, just east of 18th Street).
A 55 story high rise that stands in Center City, Philadelphia. The building, designed by the Philadelphia-based architecture firm Kling Lindquist, was completed in 1991.