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Cira Centre


Cira Centre


Structure in General

existing [completed]
trussed frame
caisson foundation
curtain wall


commercial office
service branch(es) restaurant fitness center


  • West of the Schuylkill River, the Cira Centre rises above a parking structure on the northwestern side of 30th Street Station. It is the tallest building in Philadelphia outside of Center City.
  • For a short period of time, this project was proposed to reach 475 feet with 31 floors.
  • A topping out ceremony took place on November 16, 2004.
  • Cira Centre was opened to tenants and the public in October 2005.
  • This is the first major high-rise office building in Philadelphia to be constructed outside of Center City.
  • The developers and tenants were successful in getting KOZ (Keystone Opportunity Zone) incentives for this structure which drastically reduces tax rates for several years.
  • Another faceted skyscraper design by the same architects, Torre de Cristal, was built 3 years later in Madrid.
  • The developers have also engaged the architects to design a shorter iteration of this building in Two Christina Centre for Wilmington, Delaware, about 40 miles to the southwest.
  • Because of the direct link to 30th Street Station, Cira Centre offers connections to all Amtrak Northeast Corridor Lines, SEPTA Regional Rail Lines, the Market-Frankford Subway, and trolley surface lines and buses.
  • The dynamic nighttime lighting scheme changes with different colors and patterns achieved via LEDs incorporated into the glass curtain wall.

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2929 Arch Street
University City

Technical Data

436.68 ft
436.68 ft
13.00 ft
9.00 ft
Mar 2004
Oct 2005

Involved Companies

MANNTECH Building Maintenance Systems

BLT Architects
MEP engineering, acoustics consultant, civil engineering, consultant, crane supplier (construction), developer, elevator engineering, facade consultant, facade engineering, facade installation, facade maintenance system installation, facade supplier, floor plate contractor, general contractor, glass supplier, lighting consultant, owner, property management, shell construction, steel supplier, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • Ornamental illumination is installed
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