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Height: To Tip
341.7 m / 1,121 ft
Height: Architectural
341.7 m / 1,121 ft
Comcast Innovation and Technology Center Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
123,560 m² / 1,329,989 ft²
# of Hotel Rooms
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Comcast Innovation and Technology Center
Structure Type Building
Status Under Construction
Country United States
City Philadelphia
Street Address & Map 1800 Arch Street
Building Functions hotel / office
Structural Material composite
Energy Label LEED Platinum
Proposed 2013
Construction Start 2014
Completion 2018

Companies Involved

Owner Comcast Corporation; Liberty Property Trust
Design Foster + Partners
Architect of Record Kendall / Heaton Associates
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer
• (not specified) BALA Engineers
Main Contractor LF Driscoll
Other Consultant
• Landscape Olin Studio
• Lighting Tillotson Design Associates

About Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

Built as a companion structure to the Comcast Center, the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will soar above the city’s skyline as the tallest building in Philadelphia, upon completion. The centrally located site lies between the residential and social hub of Rittenhouse Square and the cultural district around Ben Franklin Parkway.

The mixed-use structure features a concrete central stepping core, a steel frame and deck, and a unitized curtain wall system with stainless steel screen cladding. The core is split, creating a visual axis through the building to Comcast Tower and a clear orientation spine. This central column is articulated at the top of the building with illuminated glass beams, which extend 38 meters above the tower, adding a dramatic presence to the skyline. The tower is vertically stepped, with state-of-the-art television studios for NBC at the base, and a 12-story hotel above. The modern offices have large, open floor plates that offer tenants a great deal of flexibility in terms of how to organize their space. The tower’s façades are adorned with a series of thirteen three-story sky gardens, which elegantly draw a continuous strand of vegetation through the building. Of special note, elevator services are built into the exterior at the corners of the building, flooding the glass elevator cabs with natural light and exposing them to views of the city.

With special consideration given to Philadelphia’s climate, the project is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The scheme takes advantage of the city’s temperate spring, summer, and autumn to welcome as much daylight as possible, and incorporates a chilled beam system to help cool the interior. The building’s structure and podium shelter the outdoor spaces, protecting Comcast Plaza from harsh winter winds.