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2022 Navy Yard Plan Unveiled, Focused on Job Creation, Equitable Growth, and Increased Accessibility

Press Kit with Renderings Available at https://bit.ly/navyyardplanpress
CREDIT: Renderings by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic

Media contacts:
Jennifer Tran, PIDC, 215-218-2854
Robbie Tarpley Raffish, a.s.a.p.r., 410-430-9705

PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic today unveiled the 2022 Navy Yard Plan, a transformative roadmap for equitable growth that throughout the next 20 years will deliver 12,000 new jobs, 8.9 million square feet of new life science, commercial, residential, retail, and mixed-use development and $6B of new investment—of which, $4.8B will be generated by Ensemble/Mosaic’s development initiatives. Mayor Jim Kenney, government officials, and many of the Navy Yard’s 150 businesses were in attendance.

The dynamic new plan leverages sustained growth in advanced life sciences and manufacturing, increased accessibility, and inclusive mixed-use development to drive equitable economic growth, with robust opportunities for diverse businesses and an expansive array of quality-wage jobs and workforce development training programs. The event also celebrated 64 graduates of the Navy Yard Skills Initiative, a workforce training program launched by PIDC and the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative in 2020.

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“The Navy Yard has been an anchor and economic driver for Philadelphia for more than two centuries, serving in both times of war and peace. Today, the progress it has made and will continue to make as outlined in this Plan will help reinforce its role as a leading business and life sciences campus and an unrivaled asset to the city,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “I am thrilled to celebrate all of the Navy Yard’s milestones today, the critical work PIDC does to drive its growth, and I look forward to its bright future for continued investment, entrepreneurship, and employment in Philadelphia.”

This is the third plan undertaken since PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, took ownership of the former military base on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, following the original plan in 2004 and an update in 2013. Since 2000, PIDC has led the planning, development, and operation of the Navy Yard to fulfill its mission—to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia

The canal street in the Waterfront District is a distinct green streetscape with integrated stormwater infrastructure.

The canal street in the Waterfront District is a distinct green streetscape with integrated stormwater infrastructure

“Throughout its history, the Navy Yard has been at the leading edge of innovation and this transformative plan continues to break new ground,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “We are incredibly excited to set a new standard for equitable development that balances inclusive business growth with sustainability, connectivity, beautiful public spaces, and quality jobs for all Philadelphians.”

In April 2021, PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic selected James Corner Field Operations (Field Operations) through a competitive RFP process to lead in the planning. Throughout the last year, the Field Operations team, PIDC, and Ensemble/Mosaic worked with more than 300 stakeholders—including Navy Yard businesses, public-sector stakeholders, adjacent communities, and residents throughout Philadelphia—to create an inclusive and equitable framework for the next phase of development. Through focus groups, postcard programs, events, and one-on-one interviews, the team gained insight into opportunities, challenges, and future uses for the campus, providing critical input on vision, values, and the ultimate Plan.

The Greenway District provides an opportunity for large-footprint commercial development attractive to life science and advanced manufacturing users.

The Greenway District provides an opportunity for large-footprint commercial development attractive to life science and advanced manufacturing users.

“The 2022 Plan for the Philadelphia Navy Yard presents a vision for the best of what a city can be: healthy, resilient, connected, vibrant, and equitable,” said James Corner, Founder and CEO of Field Operations. “Leveraging the Navy Yard’s open spaces and extraordinary waterfront, the Plan offers a new identity forged around welcoming all; one that balances innovation with history and ecology with urban life.”

Field Operations, guiding a vision grounded in public realm and sense of place, was complemented by a large team of experts in inclusive economic development, architecture, and sustainability. (See complete list of consulting firms, below.) The design and planning process has been driven by more than a dozen minority- and women-owned companies, with 49% of total project costs going to these contracted entities.

The Broad Street entrance is redesigned to promote a sense of welcome and arrival for vehicles and pedestrians.

The Broad Street entrance is redesigned to promote a sense of welcome and arrival for vehicles and pedestrians.

As previously announced, Ensemble/Mosaic has pledged in excess of $1B to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) hiring and initiatives while planning and building out the company’s 109-acre mixed-use development at the Navy Yard. To date, in the pre-development phase, $10M has been invested in services rendered by minority- and woman-owned businesses.

“Our focus the entire way through the plan development has been to remember that the Navy Yard is public land and its development should be about people,” said Kam Babaoff, Chairman and Co-Founder of Ensemble Real Estate Investments. “Every one of the 109 acres we develop – whether for the first residential property in more than 70 years, or for thriving retail, life science, and corporate use – will increase accessibility and provide an environment that supports equity in all facets.”

The Navy Yard’s expanded public waterfront, new commercial spaces, and integrated mixed-income residential all converge in the new Waterfront District.

The Navy Yard’s expanded public waterfront, new commercial spaces, and integrated mixed-income residential all converge in the new Waterfront District.

Five Principles – One Plan

Each facet of the plan has been guided by a set of principles, crafted to create a new standard of equitable development. These principles directly shape a plan for a Navy Yard that is Inclusive and Welcoming, Connected and Multimodal, Vibrant and Active, Innovative and Resilient, and a place for Equitable Business Growth and Job Creation.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Significantly expanding the Navy Yard’s cutting-edge cluster of cell and gene therapy firms dedicated to curing cancer and chronic diseases by building out an additional 4.3 million square feet of GMP, lab, and office space catering to companies at all stages from start up through commercialization.
  • Bringing residential and retail to the Navy Yard with Ensemble/Mosaic’s 109-acre mixed-use development. For the first time, the public will be able to live and shop at the Navy Yard with the planned 3,900 apartment units and 235,000 square feet of retail and makerspace. 15% of apartments will be offered at affordable rates and 25% of retail will be subsidized for minority- and women-owned businesses.
  • Intertwining the public realm with new development; extending, expanding, and preserving open space, forging a cohesive built environment that is deeply rooted in the natural space that abounds at the Navy Yard. The waterfront is celebrated with new activities, spaces, and connections accessing this important resource.
  • Driving equity by increasing accessibility for all in and around the Navy Yard will be achieved through additional public transit options including bus rapid transit (BRT), dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian-only streets and plazas, and a new gateway at Broad Street.
  • Maximizing resiliency through raising vulnerable portions of the site, incorporating innovative stormwater infrastructure including canals and swales along the streets on the east side of the campus to convey stormwater, and using dry ponds, green roofs, and resilient landscaping and trees.
  • Demonstrating sustainability, which has always been a hallmark of the Navy Yard, is being furthered through the pursuit of Philadelphia’s first LEED Gold Neighborhood Development of scale, a program which creates more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods, looking beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities.
  • Growing the Navy Yard’s dynamic shipbuilding, ship repair, and heavy industrial companies by investing in critical infrastructure which facilitates further expansion and quality-wage, diverse job creation.
The Delaware River waterfront in the Historic Core offers expanded green space for passive recreation.

The Delaware River waterfront in the Historic Core offers expanded green space for passive recreation.

Workforce Development Program Milestone and Foundation Contribution

In addition to unveiling the 2022 Navy Yard Plan, PIDC also celebrated the graduation of 64 participants from its Navy Yard Skills Initiative workforce development program, with some of the graduates in attendance. The program, which has completed five cohorts to date in partnership with University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, connects Philadelphia residents with full-time, permanent, quality-wage careers while providing Navy Yard businesses with the highly-skilled talent they need across a wide range of industries.

The fourth cohort of 16 trainees spent three weeks in an apprentice training program in partnership with Philly Shipyard, Inc., resulting in all 16 graduates being offered full-time, union jobs. Earlier this month, a new group of participants began training in partnership with Tastykake as production associates, resulting in 11 being offered jobs. Future programs will include life science and healthcare roles with other Navy Yard companies.

In May, Ensemble/Mosaic announced the formation of the Ensemble/Mosaic TNY Empowerment Foundation with a $1M commitment of seed money and additional funds coming from each individual project Ensemble/Mosaic develops in the Navy Yard. During the 2022 Navy Yard Plan event, the Foundation made its first contribution, $100,000 to the Navy Yard Skills Initiative, which will allow the program to continue to implement high-quality programming that will directly connect Philadelphians to jobs at the Navy Yard.

“Our 2022 Navy Yard Plan and the Ensemble/Mosaic TNY Empowerment Foundation are both about creating opportunity, which is exactly what the Navy Yard Skills Initiative does,” said Leslie Smallwood-Lewis, Founder and Owner of Mosaic Development Partners. “We are thrilled that our Foundation’s first donation will be to a program that provides access and opportunity that can help Philadelphians thrive. It is really why all of us – planners, developers, professionals, and employers – are here, in this special place.”

Press Kit with Renderings Available at https://bit.ly/navyyardplanpress

List of Planning Consultants:

  • James Corner Field Operations – Philadelphia, PA – planning lead, landscape architecture, placemaking
  • DIGSAU – Philadelphia, PA – architecture
  • Urbane Development – New York, NY – retail consulting, community planning, economic and workforce development
  • Mdesigns – Philadelphia, PA – equitable development, housing affordability
  • Toole Design – Silver Spring, MD – transportation planning
  • Pennoni – Philadelphia, PA – infrastructure planning
  • David Mason + Associates – Philadelphia, PA – infrastructure (utility) planning
  • Rodriguez Consulting – Philadelphia, PA – infrastructure (civil) planning
  • Sherwood Design Engineers – New York, NY – integrated resilient systems planning
  • HERA – Philadelphia, PA – laboratory planning
  • THA Consulting – Blue Bell, PA – parking planning
  • Re:Vision – Philadelphia, PA – LEED neighborhood planning
  • Dharam Consulting – New York, NY – cost estimating
  • Amber Art and Design – Philadelphia, PA – arts-based community engagement
Building 611 is creatively preserved by cleaving the structure, facilitating the continuation of 12th Street to the waterfront.

Building 611 is creatively preserved by cleaving the structure, facilitating the continuation of 12th Street to the waterfront.


First permanent public art project at the Navy Yard: Alpha Sacred Beings

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, PIDC and Group X, a group of Philadelphia-based artists, curators, and organizers whose members are anonymous, unveiled their latest and first permanent public art project at the Navy Yard: Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation) by lead artist, Marianela Fuentes, whose previous works in her Sacred Beings series have roots with the Huichol or Wixárika indigenous people of Mexico. This piece is a monument symbolizing a bridge between two Indigenous Nations.

Alpha Sacred Beings

Alpha Sacred Beings

This unveiling event had a sacredness about it. We heard from all the collaborators of the project. The lead artist, Marianela Fuentes, who told us about her background and what this project meant to her. Then from Reverend Dr. John Norwood, Jr., a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge, who greeted us in the tribal language. He was an integral part of this collaboration ensuring the representation of the Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation was accurate. Leonard Harmon and Roberta Flores, artists from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, ensured the artist understood and prioritized which parts of the Lenni-Lenaper history should be represented on Alpha Sacred Beings.  And after the ribbon cutting, we were graced by a performance by the Red Blanket Singers, a Southern Style Native American Drum and Dance Group representing the Nanticoke, Lenape, Haliwa-Saponi, and Mohawk Tribes. The members of this group ranged in age, from young children to elder adults. Listening to the beat of the drum and sounds of the voices singing left the audience in awe. And finally, to bring everyone together, all attendees all participated in a Round Dance where we held hands as one.


Round Dance in action


This is a must-see piece of art. The designs were created on a life-sized Parasaurolophus dinosaur skeleton, which once walked the land in both Delaware Valley and Mexico. The Parasaurolophus dinosaur, name meaning “near crested lizard”, is significant because it is the biological cousin of the Velofrons, Marianela’s first full-size dinosaur sculpture. It is the most scientifically accurate dinosaur the artist has ever created and is the first to be fully modeled after an almost entirely discovered dinosaur skeleton.

The bead design was created in partnership with Leonard Harmon and Roberta Flores. These images tell stories from our region’s original people; they are stewards of all the land throughout the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia, or “Coaquannock”, and still live here today.


Closer look at the beadwork


The turtle on the crown symbolizes all the land throughout North America. Around the dinosaur’s hips is a wampum belt that was given to recognize the friendship treaty under the Shackamaxon Elm between William Penn (“Mikwon”), and Tamanend (“the Affable One”).  Along the spine, fire, water, wind, mountain, moon, sun, and stars appear in a set of seven to represent Seven Generations. The four cardinal directions are represented on each limb. Flora and fauna native to our region also appear throughout the beadwork. As with all things, from the tip of the tail to the end of the nose, the monument begins and ends in the stars.

The artist and two assistants hand beaded the skeleton over 10 weeks in Mexico City and it was then brought to Philadelphia to be assembled on-site, using an estimated million beads to complete.

Alpha Sacred Beings can be found in League Island Park, located at 11th & Constitution Ave. The Navy Yard is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Be sure to come down to see this beautiful and inspiring installation and be sure to tag us in your photos! More info about Alpha Sacred Beings at https://navyyard.org/sacredbeings.

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Construction Update: 2500 League Island Boulevard

In fall 2021, Gattuso Development Partners broke ground on its newest construction project at the Navy Yard. 2500 League Island Boulevard is a premier Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) 130,000 square foot life science facility located at the corner of 26th & League Island Blvd West (formerly Langley Ave). The building is a ground up development (built completely from scratch),  with 30’ clearance height throughout, and has the ability to add in other features such as a mezzanine/walkable ceiling level.

If you go by the site today, the outside of the building looks almost complete. The underground utility work has been installed, all the foundations (piles and concrete) are installed, the structural steel has been erected, the precast concrete knockout panels (concrete wall panels used in building construction and serves as structural-architecture, often poured off-site) have been delivered and fully installed, and the corrugated metal sheeting that’s used as a structural roof deck or composite floor deck has been installed. The current phase of construction includes work on the site curbs and parking lot paving and the roofing and glazing will be installed soon thereafter. The building core and shell, or the blank canvas of the building without an occupants’ interior customized spaces, are scheduled to be complete and ready for an on-time delivery in December 2022.

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SITIO Architecture + Urbanism, a nationally and locally certified minority business enterprise (MBE) firm designed 2500 League Island Boulevard. Penntex Construction is the general contractor for the program. Penntex Construction have targeted 20-25% MBE and 15-20% woman business enterprise (WBE) contracting for the project construction. This building is designed to achieve LEED v4 Silver Certification, with an enhanced bike infrastructure, on-site stormwater management, and a green roof area.

2500 League Island Boulevard offers an ideal R&D, headquarters, production, or flex opportunity in Philadelphia’s leading life sciences community, joining other Navy Yard businesses Adaptimmune, Coriell Life Sciences, Iovance, WuXi Advanced Therapies, Vinta Bio, and more. Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage, Inc., a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management, is the leasing agent for 2500 League Island Boulevard currently seeking tenants for this space. As the Navy Yard grows, the hope is that 2500 League Island Boulevard will inspire the development of its neighboring industrial buildings along League Island Blvd West.

For development updates and lease information please visit their website: https://www.2500leagueislandboulevard.com/.


June 2022 Events and more!

June welcomes even more opportunities to explore and discover the Navy Yard! The world’s largest hard seltzer festival is coming to the Navy Yard. On June 4, Seltzerland will sure turn the Navy Yard into a hard seltzer paradise. Then on June 5, Girls on the Run will be running through the Navy Yard streets in celebration of another season completed. On June 9, the Navy Yard and Group X will unveil its fifth public art exhibit and invites everyone to join. Philly Pride Boot Camp & Brunch will be here June 11 for a day of fitness and food! These are some great ways to #discovertheyard!



Saturday, June 4, 2022; 11:00AM

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Seltzerland, a hard seltzer festival comes to the Navy Yard for the first time. Come and enjoy this one-of-a-kind immersive experience as you spend the day tasting 100+ unique hard seltzers. Indulge in mouthwatering munchies, tons of seltzer swag, and of course an epic Instagram worthy photo op!

Seltzerland is also offering 15% off to Navy Yard followers:



Girls on the Run Spring 5k

Sunday, June 5, 2022; 9:00AM


Girls on the Run Philadelphia will host a 5K fun run at The Navy Yard’s historic Marine Parade Grounds. The event celebrates the accomplishments of 450 third through eighth grade girls who have participated in the 10-week GOTR program at schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia this spring.  You can support these girls as a running buddy or volunteer. The event requires the support of over 100 volunteers, and they are in need of more to help make this event a success. To volunteer for a 3–4-hour shift on the morning of June 5th, click here.  Thank you for helping our girls cross the finish line this season!


Navy Yard and Group X – Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation)

Thursday, June 9, 2022; 5:00 -6:30 PM

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Location to be announced soon!

For the first time ever, PIDC and Group X will invite the public to unveil its latest secret public art sculpture, Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation), on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM.

Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation) is a life-sized monument symbolizing a bridge between two Indigenous Nations. This artwork and its concept was created by lead artist Marianela Fuentes, whose previous works in her Sacred Beings series have roots with the Huichol or Wixárika indigenous people of Mexico. The beaded design was created in partnership with artists from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. These images tell stories from our region’s original people; they are stewards of all the land throughout the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia, or “Coaquannock”, and still live here today.

The unveiling on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM will include remarks from lead artist, Marianela Fuentes; PIDC’s Director of Navy Yard Marketing & Communications, Jennifer Tran; and Rev. Dr. John Norwood Jr., who is a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge. The event will culminate with the ribbon cutting and a performance by Red Blanket Singers, a Southern Style Native American Drum and Dance Group representing the Nanticoke, Lenape, Haliwa-Saponi, and Mohawk Tribes.

LINK: https://navyyard.org/information-and-directions/public-art


Great Chefs Event

Saturday, June 11, 2022; 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Great Chefs

Hosted by award-winning chef Marc Vetri, this event brings together esteemed chefs from across the country to create gourmet tasting plates. Held at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard, this event is a family-friendly and promises to be a great time. Free for kids 12 and under.

Link: https://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/great-chefs-event-philadelphia


COME ALIVE 215 Pride Event

Saturday, June 11, 2022; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


the workout. a 45-minute workout with kim harari and shannon brennan of come alive 215
the drag show. by iris spectre
the picnic brunch. michael solomonov and more




Navy Yard x Fit Academy Boot Camp Class – Free

Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5pm-6pm

It’s time to get off the couch and get moving. Our friends at Fit Academy have outdoor fitness classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 5p-6p in Central Green. Join us for high energy sports driven exercise, full body plyometrics, resistance training, cardio, core, and HIIT. Work hard and reap the rewards! Register here:


Navy Yard x Tula Yoga – Free

Wednesdays; 5:15p-6:15p

Unwind and reset your body & mind with free yoga classes, suitable for yogis of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Register here: BYOM (Bring your own mat) and show up!


Navy Yard x Black Girls with Green Thumbs

Monthly Education Series

Many people are fascinated by sustainable living practices yet feel it may be too large a fit. This series Black Girls with Green Thumbs is going to teach you how to live HOMESTEAD-ish.

Shifts in some everyday practices can lower your environmental impact while not requiring a full abandonment of modern, city living. From juicing to making your own herbal tinctures, learn individual wellness skills that will help you thrive in an urban environment.

June 13, 5:30p-6:30p

Cocktail Hour

Make season drink that can be stored long term. Using herbs and fruits we will capture the flavors of summertime by making our own cocktail mixers! These recipes are a great way to preserve your garden or orchard bounty.


Navy Yard x Half Mad Honey + Riverfront Hive Tours

Half Mad Honey + Riverfront Hive Tours are cultivating wellness and connection through honeybees. Half Mad Honey is not just an urban beekeeping company, but an organization that is rooted in education, growth, peer support, and recovery. Tour details through PIDC will be available soon.

LINK: https://www.halfmadhoney.com/


Navy Yard Running Club


We run all year long! Join your fellow Navy Yard employees for a free, weekly all levels group that runs around the Navy Yard. The Navy Yard Running Club meets at 12th and Constitution every Tuesday at 5:45pm and runs between 2-5 miles, or interval runs. Then we finish up at Gatehouse for HH. Follow us on Instagram @NYRC_phila


#LUNCHTRUCKLINEUP now includes Tuesdays!


We started this season with the Lunch Truck program only on Thursdays, but it has been such a great success. To avoid the long lines, we’ve added another day and another truck. Come out on Tuesdays for two truck options and Thursdays for three truck options. If you’d like to know which trucks are coming up, please email Jackie Hall, jhall@pidcphila.com to be added to the mailing list.