It’s on course to make one hell of a mark: the tallest, greenest, smartest building in Philadelphia. After a long period of anticipation, the Comcast Technology Center is due to open its doors this year. It will be the first “supertall” (read: mega skyscraper) building in Philadelphia, and a jewel in the crown of Center City. It was designed by Fosters+Partners and developed by Liberty Property Trust and Comcast. We know a lot of interesting things about the tower, which makes the wait for the grand opening highly anticipated!
First of all, the Comcast Technology Center will be smarter than your average building. It will feature a central “brain” that maintains up-to-date information about the building, such as how many people are currently inside and what the weather is like outside. It is also going to lead the city in terms of environmental friendliness. It is on track to accomplish its creators’ goal of making the tower the greenest building in Philadelphia, earning LEED Platinum certification and eclipsing the rating of neighboring Comcast Center, the current greenest building, by over fifty percent.
Then we move on to cool features. They start at the curb: the tower will feature twin 16-feet-by-7.6-feet newsstands set to cost $1.6 million. The most prime real estate in the building, the top floor, will be occupied by a restaurant and bar that feature 360 degree views of Center City spread out underneath the Center. Drinks will be expensive, one of the building’s reps confirmed. There will be over one million square feet of office space, and the highest hotel in the country, the Four Seasons. Also owned by the Four Seasons will be residences on the 45th floor, three of which will belong to Comcast’s leader Brian Roberts, who shelled out $14.3 million for the real estate. Other nifty features: a winter garden, loads of bike racks, an illuminated beacon atop the building, and plenteous underground parking.