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francis x. nolan, aia


francis x. nolan, aia professional portfolio selected projects

01 | University of Pennsylvania Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine Philadelphia, PA, USA 02 | Crescent Heights Chicago, IL, USA 03 | Tech City Skyscraper London, Engand, UK 04 | Broad Street Skyscraper Philadelphia, PA, USA


university of pennsylvania perelman center for advanced medicine philadelphia, pa, usa

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine is a 1.5 million sf medical school and office, research facility, and production facility. The site is located in University City prominently situated among other medical institutional facilities such as the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Veterans Administration Hospital of Philadelphia. The project was built in four phases: Phase 1 – lower levels (medical offices, executive offices) Phase 2 – West Tower (the Smilow Translational Research Center) Phase 3 – South Pavilion (the Jordan Medical Education Facility) Phase 4 – South Tower (office and medical production facility)


crescent heights chicago, il, usa

Grant Park Towers is a proposed residential tower as part of a twotower development, Crescent Heights, in Chicago, IL. It is proposed for the south border of Grant Park, bounded by Michigan Avenue to the west, Roosevelt Road to the north, and Indiana Avenue to the east. Both phases are proposed to share a 16-story city-block sized podium which contains retail, parking, and residential units. Level 17 features both indoor and outdoor amenities for residents, including an outdoor swimming pool. From Level 18, the tower portions of both phases rise – to level 76 for Phase 1, and to an undetermined height for Phase 2. The =esign called for the residences of Phase 2 to rise to Level 80, with two intervening indoor amenity levels and an additional 3 mechanical levels above the residential units.


Level 01


Level 02

Typical Podium Levels

Condition @ Porte-Cochere


tech city skyscraper london, england, uk

The Tech City skyscraper was designed wth the idea of utilizing prefabrication for expandability as it relates to engagement of its occupant with the public and within it’s own communities. The design originates upon a minimal footprint that returns approximately 3,000 square meters to the public. The form relies upon the stacking and rotation of modules, which creates an overall cyclonic dynamic form. Each module is comprised of a four story-space, allowing for one large public space to be shared with four floors of private space. The building is able to expand vertically through the linking of these modules. The skin is designed to reduce the mass of the building while also preserving opacity with the urban context.


broad street skyscraper philadelphia, pa, usa

Situated on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts on South Broad Street, the project calls for the design of a mixed-use skyscraper on a vacant lot. The program contains offices, hotel space, and residence, all of which have different plate size requirements. The design responds by stacking the largest programmatic spaces on the ground floor (offices) and residences above. The structural system utilizes a bundled tube system, which allows for two tubes to reach the full building height, with others at lower heights. In the center is the vertical circulation core, which features X-bracing to stabilize the full height tubes at either end. The hexagonal modules recall bay windows seen in many Philadelphia row homes as a strategy to admit more light into the building.


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