tt275x150Ushering in a revitalization of the Camden, New Jersey, waterfront, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, American Water, last week broke ground on its new headquarters building on the Delaware River. Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering services to the architect of record, Kendall/Heaton Associates, for the project designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

It’s the first building to start construction as part of the $1-billion Camden Waterfront development, a new, mixed-use neighborhood. Located between the Ben Franklin Bridge and Adventure Aquarium, the five-story, 220,000-square-foot headquarters will provide the more than 600 employees occupying the space panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline.

The headquarters is the first building to start construction as part of a new 20-acre waterfront development. Rendering courtesy of Synoesis for Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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The steel-framed building with an articulated metal panel façade features a four-story atrium, an “innovation center,” indoor and outdoor dining areas, traveling stair and dual 50-foot-high water features. The project will pursue LEED Platinum Core and Shell certification and will have natural lighting, an accessible green roof terrace and state-of-the-art technology.

The site master plan also includes nearly 2 million square feet of commercial office space, a hotel and residential structures. Among the project challenges are underground obstructions and a 7-foot storm sewer below the atrium. Construction is expected to take 18 months.


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