Urban’s Philadelphia office recently signed a long-term lease to stay in its current location at 510-530 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. The new office space is approximately 65,000 square feet, located on the seventh and eighth floors of the Penn Mutual Towers.
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. Urban took a proactive approach in designing the new space by requesting several upgrades, including 55 bike parking spaces and innovative bike lockers, the first of their kind in the City. Urban is also the first Penn Mutual tenant to pursue LEED Certification.
The decision to stay keeps approximately 280 jobs in Philadelphia. This received praise from Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter, “Urban Engineers, Inc. has a distinguished history in Philadelphia beginning more than fifty 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.”
Urban is perhaps the longest-tenured engineering firm in the City. According to Urban’s President, Edward M. D’Alba, PE, “Since our founding in 1960, we have been located in Philadelphia. It’s encouraging to witness so many of our engineering “teaming” partners relocating and/or setting up major operations in the City. We are equally pleased to be in a convenient location for so many of our architectural clients, many of whom reside in the City as well.”