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Ground broken for FMC Tower

Ground broken for FMC Tower

Ground broken for FMC Tower

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 15, 2014) — In a ceremony that included fireworks and dozens of guests, officials broke ground for FMC Tower at Cira South in Philadelphia today. More than 200 people attended the celebratory event, which included Cesar Pelli as a featured speaker. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed the 49-story mixed-use tower, which will stand at 30th and Walnut streets—two blocks from the firm’s acclaimed Cira Centre.

The tower is the final phase of the Cira Centre South development, a transformative 2.7 million-square-foot mixed-use development by Brandywine Realty Trust in the University City neighborhood. FMC Corporation, a specialty chemical company, will make the tower its global corporate headquarters.  The tower will house FMC’s executive offices, administrative functions and most of the company’s major business units. The University of Pennsylvania will also be a major tenant, leasing about 100,000 square feet. FMC plans to occupy the building by June 2016. 

FMC Tower at Cira Centre South shares an architectural language with the original Cira Centre, completed in 2005. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed FMC Tower to have an angled, crystalline form sheathed in a reflective, minimally textured curtain wall. Facing Penn Park, the façade will be gently curved. Floor-to-ceiling glass will provide unmatched views of the Schuylkill River, parks, and city skyline.

The new tower will contain approximately 861,000 square feet of rentable space to include 622,000 square feet of office space, 268 luxury apartments and executive suites, and a bar/restaurant on the ground floor. Amenities will include an aquatic center with pool and deck, fitness center and spa, and a state-of-the-art business conference center.

Adjacent to FMC Tower will be Cira Green, a one-acre park atop the Cira South parking garage. Reached by a glass-enclosed elevator, the park be a gathering place for FMC employees and visitors as well as a venue for cultural events such as concerts and movies. Cira Green is expected to be completed this year.

In addition to FMC Tower and Cira Green, the Cira South development includes the $340 million renovation of the 30th Street Post Office (now the GSA-Philadelphia Campus) and Cira Garage, and the construction of evo at Cira Centre South, a residential tower for students.

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