Dual-branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia to be completed in Spring 2018

The dual-branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel development is scheduled for completion in spring 2018. The project, which is estimated to cost $240 million, currently has approximately 50 carpenters from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) building the hotel development’s concrete structure. Also involved in the development of the property are Cope Linder Architects and designstudio.

The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel are two brands designed within a single 52-story tower at 15th and Chestnut Streets in Center City, Philadelphia. 

When completed, the W Philadelphia will have 295 guestrooms and the Element Philadelphia will have 460 guestrooms.


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Guests will enter W Philadelphia via the hotel’s Chestnut Street lobby, which will have a W Living Room, VIP room, and a 150-seat restaurant. The hotel will also have a 2,900-square-foot spa, 1,400-square-foot FIT gym, and 7,000-square-foot WET outdoor terrace with a heated outdoor pool and bar, and 45,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The Element Philadelphia will have a separate arrival lobby on Chestnut Street with elevator access to the main second-floor lobby, which will have a 1,400-square-foot breakfast and lounge area, a 1,600-square-foot fitness center, and 560 square feet of meeting space.

Carney Construction, the project’s concrete subcontractor, used approximately 600 trucks to deliver the concrete and installed 620 tons of rebar. Additionally, 5,850 cubic yards (or a half-acre of eight-foot-deep concrete) were allocated for the building in May 2015. The general contractor on the project is Tutor Perini Corporation.

Vine Street Matthews, a joint venture between Matthews Southwest and Vine Street Ventures, is the developer. The property is owned by Chestlen Development, an entity controlled by Brook Lenfest.

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