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FIRST LOOK: HYATT CENTRIC PHILADELPHIA

The final steel beam was recently raised on Philadelphia’s new Hyatt Centric hotel, one of the newest properties in the lifestyle hotel brand’s international portfolio. The 13-story, upscale hotel is going up at 17th and Chancellor streets.

“The faceted facade rises up and unfolds as you approach the new Hyatt Centric Philadelphia,” David Schultz, principal, DAS Architects, told InspireDesign. “Its modern design complements the 19th-century architecture of neighboring buildings through finish and color, while standing out within its urban context. The new hotel also features a host of sustainable design elements as a LEED Silver project.”

Extending the length of Chancellor St., the 190,000-sq.-ft. building will include street-level retail and a restaurant and bar on the second floor. The 332-room hotel will include 22 executive suites that will be well suited for business travelers. Guests will have access to high-end amenities including a fitness center, event and meeting facilities, and lounges for social connectivity and creative collaboration. Below-grade parking includes spaces for 220 cars and kiosks for locking 32 bicycles.

The facade used glass, metal and high-performance concrete panels, as well as brick. The hotel is being constructed by Clemens Construction, which has worked collaboratively with the owner and design team in the planning and execution of this complex, urban infill project.

The project team includes Clemens Construction–contractor; DAS Architects–architecture and interior design; Becker & Frondorf–project management; Crème–interior design; Harman Group–structural engineering; Bala Engineers–m/e/p engineering; Bohler Engineering/Maser Consulting–site/civil engineering; Tim Haahs–parking; Lighting Practice–lighting design; Metropolitan Acoustics–acoustical design; Re:Vision Architecture/Setty & Assoc– sustainability; RWDI–facade; Design Difference–foodservice.

“This boutique hotel will connect millennial-minded travelers to the heart of the action so they never miss a moment of adventure,” said Patrick McCudden, SVP for capital strategy and corporate development, Hyatt. “We are adding Hyatt Centric hotels in prime destinations throughout the world. Each is thoughtfully designed to enable exploration and discovery, unique to its location in culture and design.”

Hyatt Centric Philadelphia is expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.