Look Inside the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be a $1.2 billion world-class, state-of-the-art facility along the 1800 block of Arch Street.

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The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be a $1.2 billion world-class, state-of-the-art facility.
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It will be built along the 1800 block of Arch Street and construction is expected to begin this summer.
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It will be built next to the Comcast Center.
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The new skyscraper will redefine the city's skyline, becoming the tallest building in Philadelphia when it is completed in 2017.
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The view looking west from the Comcast Center in January 2014. The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will eventually fill the immediate space in this cityscape.
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The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will complement Comcast Corp.'s global headquarters and expand the company's vertical campus in Center City.
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The lobby, much like the Comcast Center, will be public space and is being designed as a destination place, much like the Comcast Experience is now.
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Five world-renowned architects competed and Lord Norman Foster, who designed the 1,214-feet long London Millennium Footbridge, prevailed.
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The 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use property will aim for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.
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Liberty Property Trust, which is based in Malvern is the developer of the project.
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The design architect is Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, who designed the 59-story tower with elevators on the exterior of the building.
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The bottom floors of the glass and steel structure will house approximately 1.5 million rentable square feet of office space.
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From the outside you'll be able to look through the entire building.
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When you walk out of the elevator, you will be able to see outside in all directions.
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This is a view of a floor of proposed office space, as you come out of the elevator.
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The idea was to create a loft-like feel to the interior of the building.
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This view shows the Comcast Center, which will be adjacent to the new Innovation and Technology Center.
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The building is also designed to attain LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Part of the building will contain media centers for NBC10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI.
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It will also be a state-of-the-art incubator for local technology start-ups.
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Space will be open and collaborative.
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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the company will be competing with the Silicon Valley to attract the top technology geniuses.
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An extended commuter concourse will be built to connect underground to both Comcast Center and Suburban Station.
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$40 million in tax incentives from the city and state will help build space for public use in the building.
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Part of that space will be located between the offices and the hotel.
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The top 13 floors will house The Four Seasons.
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The luxury hotel will move from its current Logan Square location.
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Guests staying at one of the more than 200 luxury rooms will check in on the top floor.
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Featuring a 360-degree view of the city, the eatery will be open to the public.
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The $1.2 billion development will be home to up to 4,000 employees dedicated to developing new apps, software and business services for the Philadelphia-based company.
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The small figurine of William Penn, similar to the one shown on City Hall, currently sits attached to the final beam raised on the Comcast Center. It will be moved to the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.
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