Urban’s Philadelphia office has completed its relocation to the seventh and eighth floors of the Penn Mutual Towers at 510-530 Walnut Street from the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th floors. The new space, which is approximately 66,500 square feet, adds 25% more space and allows Urban to streamline operations and attract new talent to the firm.
Urban is the first Penn Mutual tenant to pursue USGBC’s Commercial Interior LEED certification, with the goal being LEED Silver. Urban contributed significantly to achieving this goal with a high-quality building systems design that includes Energy Star-rated appliances, low-emitting materials, high-efficiency lighting, and water- saving fixtures. Additionally, Urban collaborated with the contractor, Commercial Construction, Inc., to develop a comprehensive waste management plan, while architects from Meyer Design reused as much of the existing infrastructure as possible to reduce the environmental impact related to construction.
Urban took a proactive approach in designing the new space by requesting several upgrades, including 55 additional bike parking spaces with innovative bike lockers at one location, the first of their kind in the city. Furthermore, as part of the lease agreement, the building will reopen the “executive” fitness room, which has been closed for two decades, and add signage to the building façade.
The decision to stay keeps approximately 280 jobs in Philadelphia. This received praise from Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter, “Urban Engineers has a distinguished history in Philadelphia beginning more than 50 years ago and is a great business success story for our city. I am thrilled that Urban will continue to build their business in Philadelphia.”