PHILADELPHIA, SEPTEMBER 08, 2014 — Comcast appointed Gensler to develop the interiors of the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Center City, Philadelphia, Pa. Gensler will collaborate with Foster + Partners and Daroff Design Inc. to create a functional, aesthetic, sustainable and progressive interior environment that will effectively integrate with the architectural design of the building.
Sitting on the 1800 block of Arch Street, the $1.2 billion, 1,121-foot tower neighbors the Comcast Center, Comcast Corporation’s global headquarters. The new tower will house the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI. It will also include an innovation center for Comcast’s growing workforce of software and product developers, multi-story amenity spaces and workplaces to promote collaboration and product testing, and space for local technology startups.
The new tower, which is expected to be the tallest building in the U.S. outside New York and Chicago, will generate a staggering amount of economic activity during the project’s construction period. This includes $2.75 billion in economic activity within the Commonwealth, and it will create more than 20,000 temporary jobs.*
“We are thrilled to partner with Gensler to design a dynamic and innovative workspace for Comcast’s workforce of technologists, engineers and software architects,” said Karen Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration at Comcast Corporation. “The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be a world-class, state-of-the-art building, both internally and externally, and we are proud to be collaborating with the best design teams as we construct this new landmark in Philadelphia.”
“Through the design of thoughtful and captivating interiors for the expansion of Comcast’s vertical campus, the company can achieve its goal of attracting the best talent from the many outstanding academic institutions in the area and across the country,” said Joe Brancato, Managing Principal and member of the Executive Board at Gensler.
“Our multidisciplinary team from Gensler’s workplace, technology, media and consulting practices will provide a platform to rapidly imagine big ideas that support Comcast’s business strategy,” continued Brancato. “We are honored to enrich our longstanding relationship with them as we together envision a revolutionary landmark that positions Comcast’s future in Philadelphia.”
Construction of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center commenced in the summer of 2014, and the building is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. The workplace interiors will seek USGBC’s LEED Platinum certification.
*Economic impact estimates provided by Econsult Solutions in the recently released report, “The Economic and Fiscal Impact within the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of Comcast Corporation and of its Proposed Expansion Development.”