The Public Health Management Corporation (PMHC) is moving from its offices at Broad and Locust to 1500 Market next year, taking over five floors of Comcast’s former corporate home. It sounds like the social services city contractor got inspired by GlaxoSmithKline’s latest innovations at the Navy Yard: the new PMHC will use one level of their new office space as a collective workspace with a cafe and gym. But unlike GSK, PMHC is staying downtown, which brings a sigh of relief for those worried about Center City losing its commercial density.
The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets: the progress the Navy Yard has made from movie setting for post-apocalyptic zombie flick to thriving industrial center that stands as a symbol of what can happen when political will and developmental acumen come together for the city’s greater good.
At last, as of April 6, the GlaxoSmithKline building at the Navy Yard was officially open for business, which means it’s high time for the Inquirer’s architecture critic Inga Saffron to weigh in on the building, which was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.