Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Philadelphia Related Events

CTBUH Philadelphia: Living High from Bottom to Top
29 Jun 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee met at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to examine how developers and designers differentiate residential offering based on regional preferences.
CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air
3 May 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee hosted speakers at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to discover how the development at 30th Street Station can be made a reality.

Philadelphia Related Events/Initiatives

Four New Chapters Formed in 2018
19 Oct 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
In 2018, CTBUH established four new Chapters in Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Scandinavia and Seattle, more than have ever been established in a single year.
2018 Tall Building Predictions
17 Jan 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out all of our 2018 Tall Building Predictions, and dive into the full 2017 Tall Building Year in Review data report.
CTBUH Philadelphia: Living High from Bottom to Top
29 Jun 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee met at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to examine how developers and designers differentiate residential offering based on regional preferences.
CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air
3 May 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee hosted speakers at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to discover how the development at 30th Street Station can be made a reality.
Helmut Jahn Discusses His Lifetime's Work
18 Oct 2012 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
Never predictable, never simplistic, Helmut Jahn has developed a complex portfolio of iconic buildings around the world. Standout projects include the Sony Center in Berlin, Xerox Center in Chicago, Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the MGM Veer…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten…

Featured Tall Buildings in Philadelphia

BNY Mellon Bank Center

BNY Mellon Bank Center

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the 54-story BNY Mellon Bank Center features an exclusive club under its instantly iconic pyramidal roof.

Comcast Center

Comcast Center

Taking the form of a faceted obelisk, the tower is clad in silvery high-performance glass with ultra-clear, low-iron glass at the building’s corners and crown.

One Liberty Place

One Liberty Place

Though controversial when initially proposed, this 61-story tower completely transformed Philadelphia's skyline upon its completion in 1985, and has since become a famous city symbol.

See all Featured Tall Buildings Globally

Philadelphia Members

The work of the Council is only possible through the support of its members, which include most of the world’s leading developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others connected with tall buildings and sustainable cities. Below is the list of current organizational members located in Philadelphia, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Donor

BALA Engineers BALA Engineers
United States
STRC MEP FIRE ENGO ENVE SEC

Contributor

O'Donnell & Naccarato O'Donnell & Naccarato
United States
STRC FACS
The Harman Group The Harman Group
United States
STRC

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CTBUH Philadelphia

CTBUH Philadelphia: Living High from Bottom to Top

CTBUH Philadelphia: Living High from Bottom to Top

29 Jun 2016
Event Report

CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air

CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air

3 May 2016
Event Report

Four New Chapters Formed in 2018

Four New Chapters Formed in 2018

19 Oct 2018, CTBUH News – In 2018, CTBUH established four new Chapters in Hong Kong, Philadelphia,…

2018 Tall Building Predictions

2018 Tall Building Predictions

17 Jan 2018, CTBUH News – Check out all of our 2018 Tall Building Predictions, and dive into the full…

CTBUH Philadelphia: Living High from Bottom to Top

CTBUH Philadelphia: Living High from Bottom to Top

29 Jun 2016, Event Report – The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee met at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to…

More Philadelphia Related Events/Initiatives

Kirk Harman

Chair

Kirk Harman
The Harman Group, Philadelphia

Serge Nalbantian

Vice-Chair

Serge Nalbantian
Liberty Property Trust, Philadelphia

Robert Voth

Treasurer

Robert Voth
BALA Engineers, Philadelphia

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CTBUH Philadelphia Representation

Kirk Harman

Chair

Kirk Harman
The Harman Group, Philadelphia

Serge Nalbantian

Vice-Chair

Serge Nalbantian
Liberty Property Trust, Philadelphia

Robert Voth

Treasurer

Robert Voth
BALA Engineers, Philadelphia

John J. McElroy Jr.

Secretary

John J. McElroy Jr.
Langan Engineering, Philadelphia

G. Christopher Beck

City Executive Committee

G. Christopher Beck
Turner Construction Company, Philadelphia

Paul J. Commito

City Executive Committee

Paul J. Commito
Brandywine Realty Trust, Philadelphia

Christine Hough

City Executive Committee

Christine Hough
Langan Engineering, Philadelphia

Janine La Marca

City Executive Committee

Janine La Marca
The Harman Group, Philadelphia

Michael L. Prifti

City Executive Committee

Michael L. Prifti
BLT Architects, Philadelphia

CTBUH Resources on Philadelphia

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

Award of Excellence

Fellow

Efficiently Sublime: The Tall Building in the Modern City

30 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference
Serge Nalbantian, Liberty Property Trust; Meghan McDermott, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: Archi-neering Tall

18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"
Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn

American Commerce Center

22 Oct 2009 – CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference
Garrett A. Miller, Hill International Real Estate Partners

The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division

Megacities: Setting the Scene

Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV
Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008

Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I
CTBUH Research

Philadelphia Related Papers/Research

The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division
This paper is intended to introduce the upcoming CTBUH technical guide titled “The Space Between,” which investigates the importance of publicly accessible spaces surrounding tall buildings. Urban spaces featured in the technical guide range in scale…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This paper establishes the criteria…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; CTBUH Research
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten…

Featured Tall Buildings in Philadelphia

Comcast Center

Comcast Center

Taking the form of a faceted obelisk, the tower is clad in silvery high-performance glass with ultra-clear, low-iron glass at the building’s corners and crown.

One Liberty Place

One Liberty Place

Though controversial when initially proposed, this 61-story tower completely transformed Philadelphia's skyline upon its completion in 1985, and has since become a famous city symbol.

BNY Mellon Bank Center

BNY Mellon Bank Center

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the 54-story BNY Mellon Bank Center features an exclusive club under its instantly iconic pyramidal roof.

Philadelphia Facts

Population 5,441,567 (2010)
Area 1,800 km² • 695 mi²
150m+ Buildings 13 Completed1 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed
Global Ranking #72 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #15 in North America by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building 1818 Market Street (152 m, 1974)
Average Building Age 22 Years
Most Common Function Office (62%)
Most Common Material Composite (36%)

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings in Philadelphia