AKA University City

Philadelphia, PA


Brandywine Realty Trust, Korman Communities


BLT Architects
Interior architecture for residential functions and interior design for amenity level

Michael Ytterberg
Design Principal

Pelli Clarke Pelli
Consulting architect for building design

Asfour Guzy
Interior design for residential units and lobby

Piero Lissoni Associati
Furnishings for residential functions


  • ULI Philadelphia Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Award for Excellence 2017


Size: 1,000,000 sf (entire project)
Coast: $341,000,000 (entire project)
Completion: 2017

The FMC Tower at Cira South includes approximately 1,040,000 square feet on 49 total floors and is approximately 723 feet tall. This mixed use building includes 2 service floors below street level, a ground floor with two lobbies and a restaurant, 25 office floors, a mechanical/transfer floor, an amenity floor, 18 residential floors, and another mechanical floor. The amenity level between the office and residential floors is shared by the entire building, and has an indoor pool, fitness club, business center, movie theater, golf simulator, lounge, and a rooftop deck with uninterrupted views from over 400 feet above grade. This building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification with such sustainable amenities as a green roof, high efficiency mechanical systems and reduced water flow plumbing fixtures.

The 18 residential floors plus amenity level are operated by Korman Communities as the AKA University City. Three types of accommodation are included: there are three floors which operate as a hotel and the remainder of the floors are split between short term stay furnished rentals and long term unfurnished rentals. Unit plans are the same for all three occupancies. The AKA University City represents an ultra-luxurious life style, the finest rental accommodations available in Philadelphia.