Project: Comcast Center
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Developer/Owner/Manager: Liberty Property Trust
Design Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Architect of Record:Kendall Heaton Associates
Comcast Center is a 58-story, 974 ft. tall, 1.2 million square foot tower in the central business district of Philadelphia. Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia and the fifteenth tallest building in the United States.
The building features retail and restaurant space in the “Winter Garden” and a connection to the nearby Suburban Station. In Comcast Center’s lobby is the Comcast Experience, which is a 2,000 square feet high-definition LED screen that has become a tourist attraction. Designed to be environmentally friendly, the skyscraper is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in Philadelphia. Comcast occupies the majority of the building while the remaining portion is multi-tenant.
Being the first major high rise in the post 9-11 era, the high profile nature of the lead tenant, adjacent worship center, a major public plaza and the adjacent subway train station presented significant security challenges to the project. HMA worked closely with the internal Liberty Property Trust and Comcast Corporate Security group to deliver a truly integrated approach to security including architectural, landscaping, lighting and manpower resources.
HMA services included Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessments, Master Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, bid assistance, and construction administration. The security systems designed included; access control, intrusion monitoring, static anti-ram barriers, panic alarms, cameras and video management, emergency communications, parking and revenue control and control room design.