On Wednesday, April 10th, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of IFMA toured the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center and was given an insider perspective via an outstanding panel of those who helped bring an idea, a concept, a process, a methodology to a ‘reality’. The tower includes 10 NBC and Telemundo that are also Comcast companies. The panel, comprised of:
Krista Sinker, Senior Director, Campus Planning – Comcast
Josh Katz, Principal – Gensler
Andrew Horning – VP, Corporate Market Sector Leader – Bala
Phil Castellano – VP, Real Estate Operations – Liberty Property Trust
The building includes both cutting edge technology and contemporary amenities: destination dispatch elevators, each floor includes an all gender restroom with a shower and an underground walkway that connects the headquarters tower.
A typical floor has both an assigned height adjustable desk and an alternate collaborative space for each person assigned to that floor. This is in contrast to other companies that are assigning 2 employees to each space to reduce real estate costs. There is a fitness center, conferencing / collaboration floors and a multi-purpose amphitheater town hall named after Comcast founder, Ralph J. Roberts.
The artwork throughout the tower honors Philadelphia and Philadelphia artists that actually executed their work on-site at the tower. The interior design includes exposed structure, flooring transitions are designed to aid visually and hearing-impaired employers with both sound differentiation and visually changes. The design intent was to have it look like an industrial loft in the sky.
Many of the design concepts were mocked up in a Horsham facility prior to incorporating into the tower design. Every three floors contribute to a 3-floor community with an open area called a sky garden. Lobbies walls have what is analogous to a giant peg board with colored pegs that can be reconfigured into various designs as they wait for an elevator.
Only a technical lever there are 4 electrical feeds that include redundancy in the event a feed goes down.