On September 19, 2019, the joint venture of Skanska USA Building and Shoemaker Construction Co. celebrated the grand opening of Fashion District Philadelphia, a premier entertainment and retail destination spanning three city blocks in Center City, Philadelphia. The project is owned and operated by a joint venture of Macerich and PREIT and is a critical piece of the revitalization of East Market Street. Scroll down to view the gallery.

The approximately 1.4 million-square-foot interior and exterior renovation included selective structural demolition; new structural and architectural construction; modifications and additions to the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems; replacement of all common area floor finishes, ceilings and lighting, neutral columns and storefront bulkheads and related core and shell work.

The project also included extensive transformation of the façade, sidewalks, and streetscapes, including the dramatic all-glass entrance designed by JPRA Architects. Known as The Cube, the new entryway located at 9th and Market Streets features 170 panels of glass and reaches nearly 70 feet high.

Other GBCA members on the project include the following companies:

  • D’Angelo Bros., Inc.
  • EC Fence & Iron Works
  • EDA Contractors
  • Superior Scaffold Services
  • United Rentals
  • Wick Fisher White

We are proud to partner with Shoemaker on delivering Fashion District Philadelphia, which breathes new life into the East Market corridor. Skanska’s global experience renovating major transportation hubs and retail centers, coupled with Shoemaker’s local site knowledge, allowed our teams to help Macerich and PREIT deliver a world-class retail and entertainment destination that will help spur economic development in the region for years to come.

Todd Lofgren, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Skanska’s Greater Philadelphia Metro, New Jersey and Delaware building operations

Shoemaker has been part of the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley community for more than 75 years. We are honored to be part of creating this important lifestyle and retail hub for the Center City residents. We are also extremely pleased to have had significant diversity participation from labor and the local minority and women owned business community. This project demonstrates our continued commitment to providing equal opportunity in all phases of construction projects.

Maura Hesdon, General Manager of Shoemaker Construction Co.

Currently, more than 80 percent of the available space in Fashion District Philadelphia is leased or in active negotiations. The project focuses on four key areas: style, dining, entertainment, and arts and culture. Recent additions include dining options such as first-to-market City Winery, Chickie’s & Pete’s and Burger Fi; retail offerings including H&M, Forever 21, Asics and ULTA Beauty; a third-floor entertainment zone with an AMC Theatre; and art installations fostering positive change and civic engagement.