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‘The West Tower’ Groundbreaking

Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University marked the commencement of construction of 3025 JFK, the first vertical development within Schuylkill Yards – a $3.5 billion innovation neighborhood in University City – with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 24 featuring state and local dignitaries and project partners.
3025 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia PA.

John Fry, appointed Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010 and Jerry Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust pose for a photo at the groundbreaking.
Dan Dirscherl ,Chris Scheiblein, Brian Eddis, Mike Eddis, and Mike Preston
Brian Stevenson, Stevenson Advocacy LLC , Jerry Gontz, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, Mike Preston, and Chris Scheiblein, EAP Coordinator at Allied Trades Assistance Program
Colette Pete, Chief Counsel at PhilaPort and Joyce Smith, ambassador for her historic neighborhood of East Parkside since 2009 and a member and co-founder of the Viola Street Residents Association (VSRA).
Melissa Heller and Sid Smith
Vishaan Chakraborti, Alan Greenberger, Anne Papageorge Melissa Heller, and Lori Doyle
Vicki Koch, Adam Case, Ron Becker, Senior Vice President Operations & Sustainability at Brandywine Realty Trust and Jean Sitler, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management at Brandywine Realty Trust
According to the press release: The 570,000 square foot mixed-use building dubbed The West Tower at Schuylkill Yards will add a mix of residential rental units, life science and innovation office space, retail, and indoor/outdoor amenity spaces to the master-planned neighborhood being developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, in partnership with Drexel University.

Schuylkill Yards is recognized as an exemplary model for inclusive development, with a record-breaking $16.4 million neighborhood engagement initiative. The multi-faceted program provides working capital to small and minority-owned businesses, a trades training program to create paths to family-sustaining jobs, a local sourcing initiative to establish new procurement channels for local businesses, a Community Development Corporation (CDC) Co-Development partnership to build capacity for neighborhood organizations, and a community fund to prioritize affordable housing, education, employment and more. As part of the initiative, Brandywine engaged Mount Vernon Manor, a Community Development Corporation partner for The West Tower.

“The momentum that Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University continue to create with Schuylkill Yards has remained a key component to the forward trajectory of Philadelphia’s economic growth and development and further strengthens our city’s position as a life sciences industry leader,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “Following a challenging year, the groundbreaking of The West Tower at Schuylkill Yards marks a positive milestone for Philadelphia and the West Philadelphia community, and we are eager to watch as it takes shape.”

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650 Park Avenue, King of Prussia – A Demo Party

Work has begun on a joint project with Brandywine Realty Trust and Coscia Moos Architecture at 650 Park Avenue . A few weeks ago the two companies held a “Demolition Party” to kick off the re development of the building, with plans to build a state of the art office complex in place of the outdated, decades old building.

The current building is 3 stories, a bit dated and not wired for today’s modern technology. Whereas in 16 months the new four-story, 100,000 square-foot workplace structure will have the much desired amenities which companies desire and need to operate in modern times.

Jerry Sweeney, President/CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust greeted guests to the “Demolition Party” exuding the virtues of the new building, which include open-air amenity spaces, communal work environments, a building meeting room which can be rented for $250 daily, and a fourth-floor terrace designed for classes, lunch meetings and evening gatherings.

Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast, DJ music and a chance to take a whack at the old building via sledgehammers, rocks and even throwing an ax, mostly at a target but there was a few that went astray.

Check out additional photos on Philly Style, and CBSPhilly. And an in-depth article at Philly Voice