With over 1,200 acres, 12,000 employees, and 150 companies, the Philadelphia Naval Yard occupies 7.5 million square feet of modern real estate on the Delaware River (just 10 minutes from Southwark), and stands out as an international symbol of adaptive reuse, energy efficiency, and job opportunities.
Naval Yard Then
The Navy Yard was founded in 1776 and became an epicenter for naval activity and shipbuilding in the 1800s. The first completed vessel, a gunship called The Franklin, was launched in August of 1815, in front of 50,000 onlooking Philadelphians. The Navy Yard was the first shipyard in the world to use a system of floating dry docks to speed the shipbuilding process.
Naval Yard Now
Centuries later, the city of Philadelphia acquired the site in 2000, and a master plan for the site was born in 2004. The Navy Yard continues to serve as an example for economic growth, and a magnet for major corporations, looking to leverage the large campus and accessibility to Philadelphia and its global talent pool.
Philadelphia And Its Global Talent Pool
With sprawling thoroughfares and century-old sycamore trees, the Navy Yard offers remarkable outdoor spaces in the shadow of Philadelphia. Walking and jogging paths wind their way along the river, past historic brick buildings, modern glass structures, and the towering warships docked in the reserve basin.