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Steel Shots: Philly’s Second East Market Tower Tops Out

(Top photo: Screenshot from Clemens Construction Company's video of Second East Market’s topping out event this past November. Bottom construction photo: AISC) 

Steel framing for the second mixed-use tower at Philadelphia’s East Market development topped out this past November, marking another big construction milestone in the revitalization of the historic East Market commercial district. The 200-ft-tall, 21-story luxury apartment tower built over a two-story retail podium is located at the corner of 12th and Market Street. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.

The project is modeled after the first phase of the development that topped out the year prior, defying local convention with its all-steel gravity and lateral framing systems and no concrete core. Located on the corner of 11th and Market Street, the 220-ft-tall, 400,000-sq.-ft tower used 3,500 tons of structural steel to frame one level of below-grade parking and two floors of retail topped with 15 floors of luxury apartments.

The Berlin Steel Construction Company, Malvern, Pa. (an AISC member) was the steel fabricator, erector and detailer for both phases of the project. For more about phase one of the project, see the article “Philadelphia Freedom” from our February 2017 issue. 


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