The newest addition to the University City Science Center, an 11-story, 272,700-square-foot office tower, is starting to show at the corner of 38th and Market streets, with a towering crane helping to lift high the steel beams that make up the shell of the new structure. With completion still scheduled for a year from now, it’s certainly making its mark on this little piece of University City.
The building will have a steel frame and the inside will be made of a composite metal deck structural system. The exterior of the building combines insulated glass panels and an aluminum-framed curtain wall with spandrel panels.
In keeping with the motif of surrounding buildings, a stone veneer will envelop the ground floor of the building. It will be capped off with an Energy Star thermoplastic with a modular green roof system.
The project was designed by the architecture firm of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects in cooperation with UJMN Architects + Designers with the goal of receiving LEED Silver certification. The building is being leased by Cushman and Wakefield.
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will occupy approximately 155,700 square feet for orthopedics and outpatient medical facilities. In addition, Good Shepherd Penn Partners will occupy an additional floor and a half in the building. Subject to Penn Presbyterian’s expansion rights, the Science Center and its joint venture partner, Wexford Science + Technology, will control the remaining 88,000 square feet in the building for other uses related to the Science Center’s mission of supporting tech-based innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in the region.
Construction photos by the author; renderings from UJMN Architects + Designers