Four Seasons Appoints Ben Shank as General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center
Shank returns to his hometown in anticipation of new Hotel’s 2018 opening
In preparation for the much-anticipated return of
“Ben embodies the values of
Commenting on the appointment, Shank said, “For more than 30 years,
Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration for Comcast Corporation said, “When we decided to extend our campus in Philadelphia and design a new home for our employees, we also wanted to build something spectacular at the top of our Comcast Technology Center that everyone in our city and around the world could enjoy. As we began pursuing the possibility of a hotel, we knew that there was no better partner than
Shank began his career with
As a long-time fan of the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and 76ers, Shank now returns with his young family to the place where it all began, and the exciting prospect of reintroducing
Construction of the new Hotel is well underway in preparation for its 2018 opening. Just minutes from the Barnes Foundation, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Rittenhouse Square, the Financial District and The Liberty Bell, its unmatched location will allow business and leisure travellers to experience all that the city has to offer. The Hotel will be located on the 48th to 60th floors of the new state-of-the-art Comcast Technology Center, which was designed by the internationally-acclaimed practice Foster + Partners led by Lord Norman Foster, and will become the tallest building in Philadelphia standing at 1,121 feet (342 metres). It will include 217 modern guest rooms – including 38 suites – with sweeping views of the city as well as extensive meeting and event spaces, a luxury spa and salon, and indoor pool. A restaurant and lounge on the top floor will offer 360 degree views of the city and an energetic ground-floor restaurant will invite locals and visitors alike to stop in for a drink or enjoy a meal with friends or colleagues.
The Comcast Technology Center
The Comcast Technology Center, designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, will be a sustainable mixed-use building, primarily serving as the dedicated home for Comcast’s growing workforce of technologists, engineers and software architects. The building will become a media and technology centre in the heart of the city, housing the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI and offering space for local technology startups. It is designed to accommodate progressive work styles with highly flexible interconnected open spaces intended to foster collaboration and communication. In addition to the Hotel, the new tower will also offer a variety of restaurants, fitness facilities, a collection of retail stores, public gathering spaces and access to mass transit.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 98 million square foot (9.1 million square metre) portfolio includes more than 558 properties that provide office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities to 1,200 tenants.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center