650′ Tower Announced For West Philly, Cira Centre Expansion

 

The Cira Centre complex | Rendering: Brandywine Realty, Pelli Clarke Pelli

The Cira Centre complex, FMC Tower far left | Rendering: Brandywine Realty, Pelli Clarke Pelli

The Philadelphia architecture and development community’s 2013 Halloween treat comes from Brandywine Realty, who today announced the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. The 47-story, 650′ tower will be the sixth-tallest building in the city, dwarfing the original Cira Centre and the Evo (née Grove at Cira Centre South), currently under construction.

FMC Tower at Cira Centre South | Rendering: Brandywine Realty and Pelli Clarke Pelli

FMC Tower at Cira Centre South | Rendering: Brandywine Realty and Pelli Clarke Pelli

The FMC Corporation, a specialty chemical company, will relocate their headquarters from the BNY Mellon Center at 18th & Market to the new tower, the latest phase in Brandywine’s Cira Centre development on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. With a 16-year lease, FMC will occupy 253,000 sq ft of the 830,000 sq ft building which also includes 260 luxury apartment suites and four floors of office space for the University of Pennsylvania. The LEED Silver building, at 30th & Walnut, will be directly across the street from the main ramp to Penn Park, a re-melding of the two properties once owned by the USPS.

The design for the tower comes from Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of the original Cira Centre tower on the north side of 30th Street Station, in collaboration with BLT Architects. The Pelli towers bookend the Cira Centre development, which also includes Erdy McHenry’s Evo, the Cira Garage, and the renovation of the old Post Office into Cira Square, occupied by the IRS.

Groundbreaking for the FMC Tower is expected mid-2014, with opening anticipated for 2016.

About the author

Bradley Maule is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and the creator of Philly Skyline. He's a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and he's hung his hat in Shippensburg, Germantown, G-Ho, Fishtown, Portland OR, Brewerytown, and now Mt. Airy. He just can't get into Twitter, but he's way into Instagram @mauleofamerica.



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Historic Designation Committee To Consider West Philly District, Institute For Colored Youth, And Churches

Historic Designation Committee To Consider West Philly District, Institute For Colored Youth, And Churches

April 16, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has the details on local register nominations up for consideration at the April meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

For Callowhill Neighborhood, Whose BIDing Will Be Done?

For Callowhill Neighborhood, Whose BIDing Will Be Done?

April 12, 2019  |  News

Longtime Callowhill residents and real estate developers clash over the creation of a Business Improvement District as the neighborhood begins to transition. Kimberly Haas has the story > more

Public Space Rises From The Stacks At Parkway Central

Public Space Rises From The Stacks At Parkway Central

April 10, 2019  |  News

Michael Bixler has this preview of the three new public spaces opening on Friday at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central branch > more

Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon's Shoes

Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon’s Shoes

April 5, 2019  |  News

Fisher Fine Arts Library at Penn is digitalizing a treasure trove of slides from the personal collection of Philly city planner extraordinaire Edmund Bacon and they need your help. Michael Bixler has the details > more

Riding The Rails With Philly's

Riding The Rails With Philly’s “Little Engine That Could”

April 3, 2019  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us on a field trip to the Franklin Institute where a 181-year-old locomotive has captivated railroad history buffs since 1933 > more

Game Over For 70s-era Stadium Hotel In South Philly

Game Over For 70s-era Stadium Hotel In South Philly

March 29, 2019  |  News

The old Hilton Inn on Packer Avenue makes way for Philly's next casino. Michael Bixler has the story > more