Comcast’s new Philadelphia skyscraper, the Innovation and Technology Center, reached a milestone over the weekend as crews began to pour the foundation for the building, which will eventually reach a height of 1,121 feet.
The local NBC affiliate has posted a Comcast Tower Cam showing evidence of the big concrete pour, which got underway on Saturday (Dec. 13), dubbing it as “one of the largest in Philadelphia history.”
Philly.com reported last week that the concrete pour was to start “rain or shine" on Saturday and take place over a 10 to 12 hour period. The pub also shared some stats on the pour: 50 concrete trucks were to make 500 deliveries for the pour that would end up filling 4,000 cubic yards and serving as the building’s 15 million pound foundation mat.
Comcast announced plans for the proposed $1.2 billion, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center (an artist's rendition is above) in January. Construction on the building, backed by a venture 80% owned by Comcast and 20% by Liberty Property Trust, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.
At an anticipated 1,121 feet, the new glass and stainless steel tower will look down on the Comcast Center, as it’s poised to become the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York and Chicago, and to become the largest private development project in the history of Pennsylvania. The “mixed-use” building will be home to Comcast’s expanding workforce of technologists, engineers and software architects, and serve as the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI, and offer space for local technology startups.