American Water Works Co. Inc. has broken ground on its new headquarters on the Camden Waterfront, it announced recently.American Water Works Co. Inc. has broken ground on its new headquarters on the Camden Waterfront, it announced recently.
The company, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility, held a ceremony at One Water St. on Monday to mark the start of a project that will see the creation of a five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility that will house more than 600 employees. The building will consolidate American Water’s four South Jersey locations, including the current headquarters in Voorhees.
“American Water and our employees are excited about our new home on the Camden Waterfront,” CEO and President Susan Story said in a prepared statement. “We know this will be a place where we can become an even stronger presence in this great city; where we can attract and develop talent for today and the future; and where we can develop solutions to challenges for clean, safe, reliable and affordable water and water services for people across the country.”
American Water estimated the building would be completed in about 18 months.
The facility will be located between the Ben Franklin Bridge to Pennsylvania and the Adventure Aquarium, and will be environmentally friendly and feature panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, American Water said in a news release.
Story was joined at the ceremony by officials including U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, Camden Mayor Dana Redd, New Jersey Economic Development Authority President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Lizura and Liberty Property Trust CEO and President William Hankowsky.
“The construction of One Water St. marks another great chapter in our city’s history,” Redd said in a statement. “I commend both Liberty Property Trust, along with American Water, for committing to Camden. This project also signifies a private investment of $1 billion in our city. That commitment extends to hiring Camden residents and sourcing services and materials from Camden-based companies. It will transform our waterfront and benefit our residents for many years to come.”
Liberty is overseeing the development of the project. Robert A.M. Stern Architects is serving as architect, with Gensler designing the interior.
“The significance of this moment is twofold,” Hankowsky said in a statement. “Today, we not only celebrate breaking ground on American Water’s new corporate headquarters, but also recognize this is the very first step in establishing the Camden Waterfront as a thriving and dynamic community.”
American Water said more than 150 people attended the event.
“American Water’s new headquarters will be more than just a building,” Norcross said in a statement. “It will stand as a symbol of Camden’s renewal. Today, we’re a step closer to realizing the vision of a revitalized Camden city with new jobs and opportunities for our entire community.”