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Friday Chit Chat: The New Comcast/Four Seasons Building/NBC Studios

Friday Chit Chat: What I Know About The New Comcast/Four Seasons Building

The very exciting new Comcast Technology Center is nearly complete, adding another exciting building to the skyline.

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Early in December officials from both the Four Seasons hotel and Developer Liberty Property Trust came to my condo building to give us the lowdown on the new structure. I didn’t have time to write it until today.

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According to the Comcast website: The $1.5 billion 60-story, 1,121-foot tower will neighbor Comcast Center, Comcast Corporation’s global headquarters, and become a dedicated home for the company’s growing workforce of technologists, engineers, and software architects. The facility will also create a media center in the heart of the City by becoming home to the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI and offer space for local technology startups.  At the top of the new building will be a Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center Rooms: 217 (38 suites). Total square footage of hotel: 263,000. Hotel floors 48th to 60th: Guest rooms: 48th-56th.

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I’ve been kinda obsessed with what I’ve dubbed the ladder in the sky, cause without it’s skin (facade) it looks like a steel ladder. The lantern adds the additional footage to make the building the tallest in Philadelphia. It’s official building name is “Lantern”. The Lantern is actually the chimney for the building, it’s where the exhaust from the HVAC system will be venting. The HVAC system, ie cooling and heating, is housed in the lower part of the Lantern. So if you ever see smoke from from the Lantern, know it’s really a chimney. It’s a pretty impressive design.


The front door for the Comcast Technology Center will be on 18th Street, closest to Arch Street. It’s across the street from the side entrance of the Comcast building. There will be a walkway connecting the two buildings, as well as an underground tunnel which I will get to in a moment.

The representative from Liberty Trust said there were also upgrades made to the Arch Street Church which is located along the the walkway. For the first time ever the Arch Street Church will have a door that opens into the newly landscaped plaza.

The entrance to the Four Seasons is at 19th and Arch Streets, is a mirror image to the Comcast Technology Center entrance. The lower level of the Four Seasons will house two restaurants and a cafe, with cafe tables along Arch Street. There are two ballrooms as well. I am really surprised that one of them wasn’t located on a higher floor for maximum wow factor for wedding and events.

To get to the upper floors guests will take express GLASS elevators, those with vertigo may have a bit of a hesitation, but imagine the video selfies as you speed to floor 57 and up.


The very top floor of the Four Season’s will house two premiere restaurants in Philadelphia, the only ones with the most amazing, unobstructed views of the Delaware Valley, up to 25 miles away.


Here’s a Instagram photo from a construction worker of the view from the 60th floor. In the foreground is Rittenhouse Sq.


Here is a cross section of the first several floors of the Comcast Technology Center building. The right side is the “entrance” to the Comcast part of the building. The lobby will be open to the public and soars several floors high. This is also the entrance for the workers at Comcast. The far left side is the Four Seasons lobby. You can see there’s a parking garage below, but it’s not a public garage as the space is limited.


Here’s a sculpture that is being installed in the lobby of the Comcast Technology Center by Conrad Shawcross

There will be nearly 50 bike racks for workers, and there’s shower facilities for the workers who want to freshen up before work. Interesting there is not a door between the Four Seasons lobby and the public space of the new Technology Center.

On the floor above the garage is a tunnel that takes you from the Technology Center to the new Comcast building, and Market Place Food Court, and then connect you with the SEPTA Concourse at Suburban Station. In essence I think you can walk underground from 19th & Arch Street all the way to 13th and Market, and eventually when the the Fashion Outlets open, to 8th and Market Streets, as well to Broad and Spruce and 13th & Locust (This came in hand for me when I was a paralegal at 11th & Market and I needed to get home at 12th & Locust). Pretty cool. (this was a terrible photo I took from my IPhone at the chat with Comcast folks.)


The loading dock is located on Cuthbert Street


One of the construction workers instagramed a shot of the new NBC10 Studios. BTW years ago I rumored about the whole project, someone had tipped me off all the way down to the NBC studios moving to the building, which I wrote about in 2013 It’s been fun watching it come to fruition.
The Four Seasons Hotel is on schedule to open in the Fall. The Technology Center a little before that time.
I can’t wait….here are a few outlets with more in-depth articles on the building. Some of the pixs came from these sources, Instagram, my bad old phone and the Comcast site.
 15 things to expect when Comcast Technology Center opens this year

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Kevin Hart & Nicole Kidman Slept Here Filming The Upside

 

Kevin Hart & Nicole Kidman Slept Here While Filming The Intouchables, now known as The Upside with Bryan Cranston
The movie will be released March 9, 2018

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The residences at AKA University City lie at the heart of Cira Centre South—Brandywine Realty Trust’s groundbreaking 830,000 square foot mixed-use building and Philadelphia’s vertical neighborhood, opened last year, but waited until the later part of the year to celebrate with a party as the ultra luxury community floor – Level 28, was opened.

AKA University, is located in the FMC Building in University City, is located in the upper 19 stories of the tower and features new ultra-luxury residential offerings ranging from hotel suites to apartment residences. Piero Lissoni Associati’s interior design for AKA University City will seamlessly complement the building’s architectural vision, imagined and executed by architectural firms Pelli Clarke Pelli and BLTs. 

Many officials were on hand for the ribbon ceremony in November, including Mayor Jim Kenney, Gerry Sweeney, President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Brandywine Realty Trust and Larry Korman, co-CEO of Korman Communities and President of AKA


With the temperatures seasonably warm in the fall, the party on the 28th Level outdoor area, with it’s sweeping views of Philadelphia, went strong into the night

 

Level 28 is open to all who live in the building, as well as for a monthly membership for anyone else.
It features a state of the art exercise room, with this view while your sweating on the treadmill.
  How about this inviting 70-foot waterfall lap pool .
There’s a golf simulator that lets users play on 36 of the world’s best-known courses and an 16-seat screening room with plush reclining leather seats. There’s a business center with computers, Wi-Fi, a color printer and several presentation options; there’s a conference room also doubles as a private dining room.

 


As I mentioned in the title Kevin Hart & Nicole Kidman slept here, and they did, not together. While filming the movie The Upside, as I mentioned in the first paragraph. Every day Hart would do Instagram Stories from here, sharing stories on the view, the amenties and his workout.


Kevin Hart’s view of Philadelphia from his living and bedroom.


His wife actually cooked a few meals here

 


Kevin Hart Slept Here


Nicole Kidman watched TV here with her husband Keith Urban.

 

 


Nicole Kidman’s bedroom view

Check out AKA University if you or your family want to stay here ie stay-cation, or if someone you know needs a daily, mid to long term stay I highly recommend staying at AKA University City.   It’s beautiful, the the views are breathtaking.

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Chris DiGeorge and Megumi Onose Surprise I Do’s

Chris DiGeorge and Megumi Onose Surprise I Do’s

Congrats to Chris DiGeorge and Megumi Onose who surprised all of us at the Snowball Gala by getting married at the event. Once again Robert Marcin co-hosted the event at his gorgeous home in Flourtown, which brought together family and friends, who weren’t all able to get together during the holidays.
Thomas and Danielle Ashley 
Philly Socialite Melissa Leonard is on the scene
Daughters Sabrina and Samantha with the newly nuptial couple
Drs. Ary Modesto and Thanuju Hamilton
It was a beautiful night. So glad to be there to celebrate.

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Pat Nogar’s Annual Ladies Tea – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Pat Nogar’s Annual Ladies Tea – The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Saving the best Christmas party for last, Pat Nogar’s Annual Ladies Tea was held on Saturday January 6, 2018 .

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The theme this year was “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Guests were asked to come dressed as one of the days of Christmas, like in the song. Pat Nogar, who has a TV show “Living Well with Pat Nogar”, was dressed as “A Partridge in a Pear Tree, her husband,David Nogar, was dressed as a classy, supportive husband.

Two Turtle Doves Zoya EganTiffany Archard Arey flanking Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Brigid McGrath Stasen, Karen Toole-Ebbert, and Pat Nogar


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Drummers Drumming Eleven Pipers Piping Ten Lords a Leaping Nine Ladies Dancing Eight Maids a Milking Seven Swans a Swimming Six Geese a Laying Five Golden Rings Four Calling Birds Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


Pat even had her steps stenciled with The 12 Days of Christmas
4 Calling Birds, but it’s really 4 “Colly” birds. BTW A Colly is like a crow.
Joan Hindin, and Doreen McGettigan

Two sets of Three French Hens: guest, guest, Pj ClineKaren Toole-Ebbert, Jamie Singer and Su Rudy
My favorite, tea sandwiches

The house was decorated with 12 beautiful trees

Li Kramer Halpern

Marie Fritz and Elizabeth Barker

Jimmy Contreras grabs a peck of Brigid McGrath Stasen under the Mistletoe


There was a lavish spread, and when it came time for dessert Pat thanked her guests for coming and toasted them before
serving her world friend favorite Red Velvet Cake
Laura Eaton, Founder at Old City Collective and pastry chef extraordinaire Ruth Levitt Scott,

Cupcakes by Ruth


And to all a good night. Thank you Patricia and David Nogar for a lovely party!!
Happy New Year!!

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Rhynhart Celebrates Her Inauguration at Saxbys

Rebecca Rhynhart Celebrates Her Inauguration at Saxbys

Rebecca Rhynhart was sworn-in as the new and Philadelphia’s first woman City Controller at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts early morning on January 2, 2018. That evening she held a celebration at Saxbys Headquarters in Center City. All proceeds from this event will benefit Mural Arts Restorative Practices Youth Program.

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Sandy Brown, Brown’s Super Stores, Inc., Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philly, and Jeff Brown, President & CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

Rhynhart Matthew Blank, Business Development Manager at Friedman LLP; Michael Barmash, Senior Managing Director | Principal at Colliers International; Bruce Marks, Partner, Friedman LLP and BK Marks

Dena Herrin, Executive Director at Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey; Scott Brown and Marji Rosenbluth Philips

Rebecca Rhynhart, the first female controller of the City of Philadelphia , greets guests at her Inauguration Celebration at the Saxbys headquarters on Tuesday January 2, 2018

Anna Adams-Sarthou, ‎Adams Sarthou Communications, Rosamond Howard, ‎The Dow Chemical Company; Barbara Adams, Member | Philadelphia Energy Authority and Louis Ballezzi, Esq

 

DJ Royale spinning his magic

 

Brittany Goldberg, MSC Retail, Jason Malumed, partner at MFW Wine Co., a wine importer and distributor serving New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (Congrats to Brittany & Jason on their recent wedding), Jacob Cooper, MSC Retail and Nick Bayer, CEO Saxbys

Michael Hoffberg, Vencore Inc. and Sharon Hoffberg, MA, MT-BC


Jane Golden greets Rebecca Rhynhart as Nick Bayer looks on

Kellan White, First Deputy City Controller at Office of the City Controller and Nicole Allen White, Director of government and external affairs at the Art Museum.

Amber Gay and Amy Williams

Rebecca Rhynhart, the first female controller of the City of Philadelphia thanks her supporters at her Inauguration Celebration at the Saxbys headquaters on Tuesday January 2, 2018. She reiterated her commitment to good government that works and to change the status quo that resonated with Philadelphia voters during the general election and secured her 83% of the vote.


“I want our work to be transformative, to be able to show real accomplishment. I want all of us to say one, two three years from now that we did this together, we made Philadelphia work better. That is what we are embarking on together, and I’m thrilled to now be able to get started. Thank you all!” Congrats controller Rhynhart !!

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TODAY: Saxbys opens a new coffee shop, this one at the Beneficial Bank Building 1818 Market Street. Malcolm Jenkins, starting safety for the Eagles, will be behind the counter from 11 a.m. to noon. I’ll be there shooting from 11AM to 1PM ish. Here’s the details:

Guests can order from a full menu, setting the price themselves. All proceeds will go to the newly established Saxbys Fellowship, which was created in partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia. It will provide scholarships for 10 students per year.

Below is the full lineup of guest bartenders for the event. The cafe will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8:30-9:15 a.m. – Beneficial Bank CEO Gerry Cuddy will serve drinks behind the bar.
9:15-10 a.m. – Agile Cat CEO Peter Madden will serve drinks behind the bar.
11 a.m. to noon – Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins will serve drinks behind the bar.
11:30-11:45 a.m. – Councilwoman Cherelle Parker will stop by the cafe.
1-2 p.m. – Mike Jerrick from FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia will serve drinks behind the bar.

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