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.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.