In downtown, a renovated landmark building emphasizes what makes Philadelphia unique

1600 Market Street

Returning to the office brings mixed emotions. For some, there is reluctance. For others, it is joy. Regardless of which camp employees are on, creating an office environment focused on delivering an experience that can’t be replicated at home and celebrating the city they love is key to encourage employees to be excited about returning to the office.

1600 Market Streetlocated in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, has implemented a design centered around creating this type of experience.

Begun in early spring 2019 and completed in late fall 2020, American Real Estate Partners’ $15 million renovation stayed true to its mission to think beyond physical amenities to provide a new place to work that prioritizes tenant experience, well-being and connection.

Creating Value-Rich Workplaces

“This iconic 39-story landmark has been repositioned and transformed from a button office tower into a unique electric-powered workplace where productivity is high and people feel comfortable and connected – in short , a unique place where Philadelphians want to be,” said Paul Schulman, director and chief operating officer of AREP, which owns and operates 1600 Market St.

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Spa-inspired fitness equipment and second-level gym at 1600 Market St. with artwork by Kobe Bryant.

Meet the needs of today and tomorrow

With the help of design partner Collective Architecture, AREP reinvented 1600 Market St. into an office environment that not only meets the needs of tenants today, but also those of tomorrow. The 1600’s comfort and collaboration spaces are designed for easy virtual and in-person connection. The spacious lobby features open seating areas and a popular Elixr Roasters coffee bar with locals. The signature pop art continues to the event’s outdoor patio, where Curbside Kitchen food vendors offer a rotation of curated options from the custom 1600s food buggy.

“Every element of this building’s repositioning is designed to put our tenants first and reflects the pulse and fabric of Philadelphia,” said Kerri Thomas, senior vice president of leasing at AREP. “Everything we’ve done, from bold Philadelphia-centric pop art, to flexible office design, to providing top-notch amenities, is part of our holistic approach to creating a rich workplace. in values ​​focused on the well-being and comfort of our tenants.

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The lobby at 1600 Market St. with Willy the Fox and Elixr Roasters.

Technology-Infused Flexibility

1600 places great emphasis on flexibility and technology-infused performance. It has a Wired Score Gold rating which ensures uninterrupted connectivity wherever employees or visitors are in the building. Amenity spaces are designed to facilitate virtual and in-person connections, with a conference center and private meeting rooms to maximize productivity. There are also several spaces that can be easily transformed into collaboration zones, while the hospitality lounge provides a luxury communal area to relax.

AREP has also focused on the health and well-being of tenants, Thomas said, from relaxation and relaxation areas to the 5K SF Fitness Center with spa-inspired locker rooms. Tenants can seamlessly view amenity programming, events and experiences, as well as book spaces through AREPx, the building’s tenant engagement app.

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An amenity space at 1600 Market St. with artwork by Questlove.

Connect people instead

As conference rooms and even fitness centers have become staples in offices across the country, what people will find at 1600 Market St. that they won’t see anywhere else is unique pop art. that celebrates Philadelphia.

AREP blended history and pop culture into the lobby design and all amenity spaces to recognize well-known Philadelphians in an unexpected and engaging way. When visitors enter the lobby, they are greeted by a specially commissioned bright yellow statue of “Willy” the fox holding a red balloon above the reception desk, created as a nod to the fact that the building is located where the old Fox Theater once stood. . As they move through the building, they’ll find more examples of how pop culture and history blend.

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A flexible workspace at 1600 Market St. with artwork by Benjamin Franklin.

“From a mural of Benjamin Franklin posing for a graffiti-like selfie, to a portrait of Grammy and Oscar winner Questlove, to a collage of old Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper covers, we wanted to celebrate people who represent the diverse and inimitable fabric of Philly – significant cultural icons who have brought people joy,” said Louise Boulton-Lear, vice president of brand marketing for AREP.

Integrated wellness

Although the overhaul began before the pandemic, AREP has continued to focus on tenant well-being. 1600 Market has not only met, but exceeded guidelines set by health authorities, including doubling outdoor air parameters by 20% to 40% to maximize fresh air exchange.

“Our entire portfolio, including this building, is WELL Health-Safety Rated and we are also the first commercial real estate company in the United States to earn the UL Industries Healthy Buildings verification mark for our entire portfolio of indoor air and water,” Schulman said.

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The Hospitality Lounge entrance and Philadelphia mural at 1600 Market St.

Mitch Marcus, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle, which manages the rental of the building, added that another key aspect of employee well-being is giving them the flexibility and freedom to work in the environment that best suits their needs. style. 1600 Market St. has 115,000 square feet of contiguous office space, purpose-built suites and outdoor employee spaces.

Thanks to the building’s Wired Score Gold rating, they’ll stay connected wherever they go.

“Throughout the renovation, we focused on what people wanted once they got back to the office, what would keep them engaged, and how we can meet their needs so they can be and perform. at best,” Schulman said. “We’ve created a set of buildings and equipment that encapsulates that.”

1600 Market is one block from Philadelphia City Hall, the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, as well as several shops and restaurants.

This article was produced in collaboration between Studio B and 1600 Market Street. Bisnow press staff were not involved in the production of this content.

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