Vantage
Philadelphia, PA

Sustainable Resort-style Student Housing

Vantage is a 471,000 sf mixed-use student housing building at the edge of the Temple University campus. Located on a 4.6-acre parcel that was the former site of John Wanamaker High School, Vantage is the second phase of The Goldenberg Group’s redevelopment project. The project varies in height; portions of the project are 7, 12 and 18 stories, and includes one- to five-bedroom residential apartments; ground floor retail; amenities featuring a wellness and outdoor fitness center, a top-floor sky lounge, and gated parking. This project also includes a 10,000 sf innovation center for outreach programs and community support.

Vantage utilizes multiple structural systems. The 18-story East tower is structural steel and precast plank, while the West Tower is eight stories of precast plank and cold formed stud bearing walls over four stories of structural steel and concrete slabs on metal deck. The connector bridge unites the two towers with four stories of precast plank and cold formed stud bearing walls over three stories of structural steel and concrete slabs on metal deck.

The East Tower exterior columns are braced with a unique plank detail that eliminates 13 structural steel beams over 17 levels of the tower. Exterior columns are braced at each level in two directions. Spandrel beams brace the columns parallel to the slab edge, and the plank detail below provides bracing perpendicular to the slab edge while eliminating steel beams, connections, spray fire proofing, web penetrations and softs. The West Tower and Bridge plank and bearing wall structure transfer at three different levels onto the supporting structural steel podium. This required careful coordination with the client and thorough detailing to ensure a complete load path to the foundation.

This project is designed to achieve USGBC LEED Silver certification.

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Structural Systems Used

Structural Steel/Slab on Metal Deck (Lower Floors)
Steel & Plank (Tall East Tower)
Plank in Cold Form Stud Bearing Wall (West/North Sections)