Hyatt Centric Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

Rustic Modern

The Hyatt Centric Hotel is a 13-story, 175,000 sf, 332-key hotel . Amenities include an upper floor restaurant, a fitness center, event spaces, meeting facilities, lounges and a small green roof. There are two levels of underground parking with stackers, including spaces for 220 cars and bicycles.

The building incorporates 1,340 tons of steel. The overall width-to-length ratio of the hotel’s footprint (57 ft by 249 ft) necessitated the use of steel braced frames to provide lateral resistance in both directions. Located in the center of the building, the elevator and stair openings cut off direct lateral load transfer from the diaphragm to these frames. Angle drag struts in an “X” configuration below the plank drag the load into the frames. In addition, two large transfer girders at the third floor provide a large column-free area for the second floor ballroom.

For the floor system at hotel room levels it was imperative for the design team to minimize floor depth at the hotel rooms to allow for MEP systems while maintaining the required clear height. The design team turned to a Girder Slab system to frame the floors. The D-beam girders act compositely with precast hollow core plank providing an overall floor structure depth of 8 in nominal.

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Structural Systems Used

Structural Steel with Precast Plank