Nation's tallest sustainable skyscraper rises 975 feet
Comcast Center—the newest, tallest, and greenest member of the Philadelphia skyline—officially opened at a reception on June 6.
Amidst loud cheers and applause from more than 500 spectators,
The 58-floor, glass-encased tower rises 975 ft, surpassing One Liberty Place as the city's tallest building.
Comcast Center features 1.25 million sq. ft of Class A office, restaurant and retail space; a dramatic eight-story winter garden that includes a major art installation by sculptor Jonathan Borofsky; a half acre public plaza with a seasonal cafe and unique fountain installation; and "The Comcast Experience," a ground-breaking hi-definition video wall standing 83.3 ft wide by 25.4 ft high, showcasing the intersection of media, technology, and public art.
Comcast Corporation leases more than 90% of the building. The "vertical campus" for the provider of entertainment, information, and communications products and services, will house more than 2,900 Comcast workers in a dozen departments, including the company's corporate headquarters, Comcast Interactive Capital (the company's venture capital arm), Comcast Interactive Media (the company's Internet businesses), and all of the headquarters functions for the company's Programming Division. Comcast University, the company's training and development program, is also in residence.
Comcast Center was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, led by the firm's founder and senior partner Robert A.M. Stern. Celebrating the opening of Comcast Center, Stern said, "We have realized the dream of a great building that will house a great company and that will be a meeting place for all Philadelphia as we move forward into the 21st Century."
Kendall Heaton Associates of Houston, Texas, served as architect-of-record for the building. Atelier Ten of London and New York was the environmental design consultant.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey