Cira Centre

Philadelphia, PA

An architectural beacon on Philadelphia's skyline.

Client
Brandywine Realty Trust
Completion
2005
Size
784,000 Square Feet
Cost
$116 Million
Role
Architect with Pelli Clarke Pelli serving as Consulting Design Architect
Description

Strategically situated at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia’s transportation hub, this 31-story building was the first high-rise office building built in the city in 15 years. A second level walkway through the lobby completes an enclosed pedestrian link from the station, through the SEPTA commuter train mezzanine, across Arch Street and to a new parking garage on the other side of the building.

Part of a nationwide Amtrak effort to earn revenue from its real estate with an emphasis on projects that increase ridership; the building attracts tenants who need access to the interstate highway and both regional and intercity rail lines. Occupants of the building can commute via rail to Washington, New York City, Boston, or the suburbs and airport without going outdoors. In addition to our work on Cira Centre itself, BLT Architects was the architect and designer for the adjacent parking garage, pedestrian bridge, and SEPTA mezzanine.

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