Philadelphia Antiques Show Begins Tonight

12 Apr

Gardner/Fox proudly supports the Philadelphia Antiques Show again this year. Proceeds from the 2013 show will help the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Center for Resuscitation Science (CRS) at Penn Medicine provide state-of-the-art medical resuscitation. Tickets are available online.

2013 Philadelphia Antiques Show
When: Preview party April 12, 6 p.m.; Show, April 13-April 15
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: $25 Guided tour, $20 adults at the door; $17 online in advance, ages 65+, WHYY members with ID; $12 Penn Medicine employees with ID
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Donation Sparks Creativity and Construction in Philly School

20 Feb
casting for school terrace construction

Members of the project team met at the artist’s foundry for a tour. Pictured from left to right: Jason Austin, Landscape Architect; Brook Gardner, Construction Contractor; Ben Walsh, Chair of the Central High School Art Department; Zenos Frudakis, Artist; Dick Prinz, Alumni Association; Harvey Steinberg, President of Alumni Association; Tim McKenna, President of Central High School

Central High School of Philadelphia has unanimously accepted the sculpture “Knowledge is Power” for the entrance area to its building at Ogontz and Olney Avenues. Dr. Fran Shaughnessy, a former psychologist in the Philadelphia public school system, commissioned Zenos Frudakis, a world-renowned artist and sculptor, to create a work that would inspire the enjoyment of learning. Shaughnessy’s generous donation, with appropriate landscaping, will be positioned on the North Lawn facing south.

The sculpture displays a book representing the dual concepts of “Knowledge is Power” and, as noted by Albert Einstein, “Creativity is more important than knowledge.”

We are pleased to renew our relationship with the fine folks at Central High School by building a new terrace to house the sculpture. The installation will occur this spring.

We previously renovated the school’s Barnwell Library.

Spike’s Trophies Wins Manufacturing Award

15 Feb

Warehouse Construction Philadelphia

Congratulations to our client Spike’s Trophies and  Keith Baldwin, President, for recently being recognized with the Manufacturer of the Year Excellence award by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  We’ve been a longtime fan of Spike’s and were recently honored to construct their new corporate headquarters and showroom in Northeast Philadelphia.

FOP Banquet Hall Renovation a Success!

8 Feb

It has been a great privilege to work with the Fraternal Order of Police on their new headquarters and we were honored when we received this nice letter from John McNesby, their President. John continues to prove that he and the whole FOP are a class act.

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Acoustics in Healthcare Facilities Help Patients Sleep Better

6 Feb

Hospital Renovation Reduces Noise Philadelphia

We teamed up with Metropolitan Acoustics to give hospital patients a better night’s sleep. The following excerpt from Metropolitan Acoustics’ recent newsletter describes the steps we took to improve patients’ ability to sleep.

“If you’ve ever had an overnight stay in a hospital, you know one of the most annoying aspects is all the noise. It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep and recover when medical equipment alarms, commotion in hallways, and people talking at nurses’ stations keep you up all night. Read on to learn more about how we reduce noise to keep patients and staff happier and healthier.

Metropolitan Acoustics was commissioned to help assess a problem at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Specifically, sound transmission from the nurses’ stations to the surrounding patient rooms was a continuing source of discontent. To reduce this sound to the patient rooms, we worked with Gardner/Fox Associates to design a glass barrier with openings only at the egresses. No longer can people lean over the counter to talk; they have to go into the station. It also contained the sound from notification equipment and phones within the station. In addition to the glass, we recommended more absorptive ceiling tile in the nurses’ stations and in the corridors. Our readings showed that these changes reduced sound levels by 10 decibels, which loosely translates to being half as loud. The pictures above show the before and after images of a nurses’ station.”

FOP Banquet Hall and Headquarters Complete

30 Jan

Philadelphia banquet hall construction
Last night John McNesby, the President of Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, hosted a thank you party for Gardner/Fox and all the subcontractors who worked on the new FOP headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia.

banquet hall construction Philadelphia
The conversion of a former IRS building into the FOP’s new headquarters, which started last May, is complete and open to FOP staff, members and banquet clients. The new  47,000 square foot facility boasts a banquet hall, commercial catering kitchen, bar/lounge, member exercise facility, the “Cop Shop” retail outlet, breakout rooms and staff offices.  Over 60 weddings and gatherings are currently booked with events starting this weekend.

Congratulations to all the FOP members on their new space. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and we’re proud to have been a part of it.

Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5 Catering Hall Renovation Winds Down

11 Jan

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Chairs arrive Monday!