uCity Square’s growth is well underway with the groundbreaking of 3675 Market Street on January 17, 2016.
The 345,000 square feet of mixed-use space will bring what University City Science Center President Steve Tang described as “innovation, access, inclusion, and discovery” to West Philadelphia and the region as a whole.
Breaking New Ground
The groundbreaking event consisted of key speakers from the government, the Science Center, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), and Wexford Science + Technology, followed by a ceremony to symbolize beginning construction of the 14-story structure. Energy and excitement were palpable as Congressman Dwight Evans, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, State Senator Vincent Hughes, and Commerce Director Harold Epps expressed sentiments of optimism that this project would bring more opportunity to Philadelphia.
Top: Vincent Hughes, State Senator; Bottom Left: James Berens, President of Wexford Science + Technology; Bottom Right: Brian Dacey, President and Managing Director of CIC.
3675 Market Street is already 50% pre-leased, with construction set to complete in 2018. Boston-based firm Cambridge Innovation Center, largely responsible for transforming the sleepy region of Cambridge into a national hub of technology, will serve as an anchor tenant. President Brian Dacey said to a captive crowd, “Just like Ben Franklin, we’re moving from Boston to Philadelphia, and we look forward to it being just as exciting.”
3675 Market Street will also serve as the Science Center’s new headquarters, providing an expanded footprint for Quorum and dedicated lab space for FirstHand – offering resources and access to the STEAM disciplines for the entire Philadelphia community.
Collaborating with uCity Square and the Science Center has been a huge honor. Congratulations on another successful event and exciting project to continue transforming Philadelphia into a global innovation city. Special thanks to NextFab for fabricating the incredible number signage.