The Laurel Celebrates Historic Concrete Mat Placement in Philadelphia

The Harman Group (THG) is proud to have participated in the historic 15 foot thick concrete mat placement for Southern Land Company’s, The Laurel. The mat foundation placement, began at 1 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 and lasted for roughly 12 hours. A total of 450 trucks were needed to place over 4,200 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation, making it one of the largest of its kind in Philadelphia due to the volume of concrete. Silvi Concrete supplied the material from four plants, while Carson Concrete placed the material.

Located on what was the last undeveloped parcel on Rittenhouse Square, The Laurel will be an ultra-luxury mixed-use tower with 48 stories that will include 54 condominium residences in addition to long- and short-term residences. The project also includes the preservation of the adjoining historic Warwick Apartments and Rittenhouse Coffee Shop. The Laurel will also feature 24,000 square-feet of high-end retail that wraps around Walnut, Sansom, and 20th Streets. The floor plan features expansive corner residences, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the City and Rittenhouse Square park.

THG is proud to be providing structural engineering services for the project in partnership with designer, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, construction manager, Hunter Roberts Construction Group and GeoStructures Inc. Completion of The Laurel is expected in 2021.

Top reinforcing steel. The cone marks the location of the thermocouple that monitors concrete temperature.

Multiple trucks discharge concrete at the same time.

Trucks discharging, shear wall core reinforcing dowels extend from the mat.

Concrete placement nears completion.