Luxury hotel takes shape in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, USA
The final steel beam was raised on Philadelphia’s Hyatt Centric Hotel, the latest in the experiential brand’s international portfolio. The 13-story luxury hotel is going up at 17th and Chancellor, a block from Rittenhouse Square and in the center of upscale shops and restaurants.
“This boutique hotel will be ideal for millennial-minded travelers who want to be in the middle of the action,” said Patrick McCudden, Senior Vice President for Capital Strategy and Corporate Development for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “We are developing Hyatt Centric Hotels in thriving cities throughout the world. Each is unique to its location in culture and design.”
Extending the length of Chancellor Street, the 190,000-sf building will feature street-level retail and a restaurant / bar on the 2nd floor. In addition to 332 guestrooms, 40 executive suites will serve business travelers. Guests will have access to high-end amenities including the fitness center, event and meeting facilities, and lounges. Below-grade parking includes spaces for 220 cars and kiosks for locking 32 bicycles.
“We used the narrow site to our advantage,” said David Schultz of DAS Architects, “creating the faceted façade that unfolds as you approach the hotel. We used glass, metal and high-performance concrete panels, as well as brick to complement the surrounding historic buildings. Eco-conscious and sustainable materials are used throughout to target LEED silver. The building is definitely modern, but will fit well in the context.”
The hotel is being constructed by Clemens Construction. Clemens has worked collaboratively with the owner and design team in the planning and execution of this complex, urban infill project.
The Topping Out Celebration began with the signing of the steel beam and comments from Steve Pouppirt, President of Clemens; Carol Horne Penn, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Relations for Clemens; and Patrick McCudden.
“This is a big day for us,” said Pouppirt. “We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year and we are excited to be building this transformative project in Center City Philadelphia. I’m proud to say that we specialize in building on narrow sites, between adjacent structures, with minimal laydown area, on high-traffic streets with road closures and noise restrictions. That’s what it takes to make this city great, and we’re doing our part.”
The Hyatt Centric Philadelphia is expected to be complete in summer of 2020.
Interior Design - Creme Design
Architecture - DAS Architects, Inc.