To read the entire piece on Comcast’s new Innovation and Technology Center and its impacts on the region, please visit Urban Land Magazine‘s article, “Philadelphia’s Tower of Tech Power“
In January 2014, Comcast Corporation announced that it would build a second skyscraper at 1800 Arch Street in Philadelphia’s Center City, near the Comcast Center headquarters that it had moved into just six years before. The company that Forbes has named the world’s biggest media conglomerate was driven partly by a need to add space for its growing legions of technology workers.
The $1.2 billion, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, which is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Comcast and its partner, developer and Spring Meeting icon sponsor Liberty Property Trust, hired British architect Norman Foster to design a soaring glass tower that would add a signature building to the Philadelphia skyline. Foster created a design intended to signify the city’s emergence as a technology hub, while incorporating factory-style lofts and decorative details inspired by the city’s industrial heritage. In addition, the mixed-use complex, which will include a luxury hotel on its upper floors, is linked to public transit and intended to cater to the walkable urban lifestyle that is favored by millennial generation tech talent.
But the most significant innovation is inside the building, where it will offer a high-rise alternative to the suburban horizontal campuses that are characteristic of Silicon Valley’s tech companies. It is a structure filled with flexible, interconnected open spaces, deliberately crafted to foster communication and a collaborative work culture.
Learn more about Comcast’s Innovation Tower at ULI’s Spring Meeting http://on.uli.org/1UWIStz