The 18-story city office building at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, formerly the local headquarters for Bell Telephone, will be closed through the weekend as contractors try to repair the building's elevators, damaged by water from a broken pipe.
Mayor Nutter said Wednesday that the 1,900 workers assigned to various departments inside the building should check with their supervisers to see if they should report to alternate work locations for essential services on Thursday. The building was already to be closed Friday because of a city holiday.
The building houses the city's Department of Human Services, Law Department, Parks & Recreation, Planning Commission, Commerce Department, the city Board of Ethics and the Philadelphia film office, among other agencies.
A broken hot-water pipe on the building's fifth floor broke Tuesday evening, setting off a smoke alarm but "frying" the electronics of all eight elevators as water cascaded down nearby elevator shafts, according to Bridget Collins-Greenwald, the city's public property commissioner.