New Comcast Tower Project Moves Ahead

Confirms It Expects To Break Ground Within a Month
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Comcast’s new, taller technology-focused tower in downtown Philadelphia appears to be right on schedule, with the company confirming a report that it expects to break ground on it within the next month.

“You’ll start to see activity,” Comcast senior vice president, administration, Karen Buchholz, who is playing a pivotal role on the massive project, told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The paper noted that excavators will start by digging a 30-foot-deep hole for the building’s foundation, and that it’ll be more than a year before work reaches the above-the-street level.

The company 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.

According to the paper, Buchholz sent questionnaires to 5,000 Comcast employees in Philadelphia last Friday seeking work-related info, including their hours, habits, and equipment requirements. Answers are due today (June 20). "It's an opportunity for everybody to have a say," she said.