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mcgrath618 Dec 6, 2019 4:01 AM

PHILADELPHIA | Kimmel Biomedical Research Building | 170 FT | 12 FLOORS
Jefferson continuing its never-ending quest to gobble up everything in sight...

Title: Jefferson University Caroline Kimmel Biomedical Research Center
Project: Office/Educational
Architect: ????
Developer: Jefferson University
Location: 900-10 Locust Street
Neighborhood: Washington Square West
District: Center City
Floors: 12 Floors
Height: 170 Ft

Jefferson University gets $70 million gift to help pay for new research tower in Philly

Philanthropist Sidney Kimmel plans to donate $70 million to Thomas Jefferson University to help pay for a $340 million biomedical research building in Center City, a move designed to strengthen Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and its broader research efforts, Jefferson said Thursday.

The new gift comes five years after Jefferson’s medical college was named after Kimmel in recognition of a $110 million donation. Kimmel, 91, has given away $930 million of the fortune he made in fashion, including at least $350 million in Philadelphia, his native city.

What brought Kimmel, who lives in California, back to Jefferson with more money was confidence in the nonprofit’s leadership, he said in an interview this week. In 1996, Kimmel gave $10 million to the school’s cancer center, which was then named after him.

“I am so impressed with our dear friend Steve Klasko, and at the same time with Karen Knudsen heading up the cancer center. I just feel confident that I have the right team running this operation for us in Philadelphia,” he said.

The 220,000-square-foot building, with 12 floors devoted to research, will be named after Kimmel’s wife, Caroline. It will replace the parking garage for the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, which is on the northwest corner off Ninth and Locust Streets. The project is in the very early stages, with no timeline for completion.

Urbanthusiat Dec 6, 2019 4:14 AM

There really is a ton of proposed development in Washington Square West right now.

PHL10 Dec 6, 2019 1:37 PM

The garage its replacing is especially miserable, so this is a real upgrade to that corner.

Jawnadelphia Dec 6, 2019 2:40 PM

Looks terrific, and a terrific cause and work will be done here.
Personally, I lost someone close to me to cancer earlier this year (far too young)-- we can't have enough cancer research buildings, and Philadelphia is really at the forefront of it. Whether it be for research (drug development, clinical trials, new treatments) or traditional treatment, if you or a loved one gets cancer, we are so lucky to have these cancer centers in our city. Sidney Kimmel is the man.

summersm343 Dec 6, 2019 7:39 PM

Jefferson gets $70M gift from Kimmels for 12-story research building

Another rendering in here from the PBJ article:

arkitect13 Jan 31, 2020 7:41 PM

Any news one this yet? Groundbreaking? Anything? This tower looks nice i really hope it comes through

allovertown Jan 31, 2020 9:32 PM


Originally Posted by arkitect13 (Post 8817308)
Any news one this yet? Groundbreaking? Anything? This tower looks nice i really hope it comes through

Was just announced two months ago. Totally normal to not hear anything new at this point. The main reason projects like this fall apart is lack of funding. They got a 70 million gift to build this, hard to imagine them deciding to give that back. This will be built.

mcgrath618 Jun 16, 2020 4:50 PM

From BizJournal:

Jefferson CEO reveals plans to build Center City facility 'not like anything that exists today'


In December, Jefferson announced it had received</a> a $70 million gift from Sidney and Caroline Kimmel, which it will use for a 12-story biomedical research building at 9th and Locust streets. The research building is expected to cost between $300 million and $350 million to erect on land now used for a Jefferson parking garage. The building will be connected to the Bluemle Life Sciences Building by a bridge to promote exchanges with researchers in the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

PurpleWhiteOut Jun 16, 2020 10:32 PM

Good to know this isn't scrapped despite the current climate! They're really making huge changes to center city

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