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Collaborative Presents Community Design Award

29 Oct

October 10, 2012—Philadelphia, PA—The Community Design Collaborative presented its Community Design Award at the AIA Philadelphia Awards for Design Excellence banquet on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. This annual award recognizes excellence in teamwork, client partnership, community engagement, design quality, and great outcomes.

The Collaborative’s 2012 Community Design Award honored two conceptual plans for neighborhood assets in South Philadelphia, the George W. Nebinger Elementary School and Weccacoe Playground. Both plans emphasize community engagement, sustainable design, and green infrastructure—and have resulted in considerable funding for improvements.

The conceptual plan for Nebinger School created a schoolyard greening strategy that includes a rain garden, outdoor classroom, edible garden, a quiet green space that supports the inclusion of children with special needs, and an active play area with a lawn and tumbling hill. Since the completion of the plan, the school has received a total of $400,000 in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Partnership for Delaware Estuary, the Brazilian Ministry, and the City of Philadelphia.

Weccacoe Playground advocates worked with the Collaborative to develop a sustainable new vision for the playground that includes a water spray area, a back-to-nature obstacle course, and twenty new trees. Green stormwater infrastructure is an integral part of the recommended renovations. Recently, the City of Philadelphia committed $500,000 in funding to Weccacoe as part of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Green2015 initiative to green recreation centers and schoolyards.

2012 Community Design Award Recipients

Austin + Mergold LLC Jason Austin, LEED AP, Jessica Brown, Ann Dinh, Sally Reynolds, ASLA, Kelly Tigera
Gardner/Fox Associates Joanna Baker, Patrick Baker
Queen Village Neighbors Association Walter Lowthian

Studio Gaea, LLC Kimberlee Douglas, ASLA, Alexandra Zahn, AIA, ASLA
Elwell Studio Jason Elwell, AIA, ASLA
Torcon, Inc. Anthony Armento , Angela Cirino
Nicole Hotstettler
George W. Nebinger Elementary School Ralph Burnley, Principal
Bella Vista Town Watch Charles Moleski

Mariposa Coop Construction Update

4 Nov

Mariposa Coop Sidewalk Construction Philadelphia, PA
The Mariposa Coop construction continues with evidence of a new sidewalk ramp and stairs in progress at the front door.

Mariposa Coop Sidewalk Construction Philadelphia, PA
At the rear entrance we are prepping for the new concrete pad. The window facing the street will become the loading dock with a lift gate and roll up door.

Mariposa Coop Cold Storage Drywall Construction Philadelphia, PA
The loading dock will open right up to the cold storage room. Here we can see that the drywall stage is in progress.

Mariposa Coop Drywall Prep Kitchen Construction Philadelphia, PA
The prep kitchen has been dry-walled also. All the electrical, HVAC and plumbing has been done behind the scenes.

Mariposa Coop Drywall & Construction Philadelphia, PA
Workers repair the wall surface in the main retail area.

Where does construction waste go?

6 Oct

If you’ve ever been to a construction site, you know there’s lots of dust and lots of trash. Many times construction projects involve demolition of some part of the existing structure. Construction workers tear it down and throw it into a large dumpster parked on site. Ever wonder where all that waste goes at the end of the project?

Thanks to places like Richard S. Burns and Company only about 10% of that stuff actually ends up in a landfill. Burns is a container service and material recovery facility that receives and processes all types of demolition and construction materials.

Burns Material Recovery Facility Sorts Construction Waste
Burns’ 10 acre facility located in northeast Philadelphia is capable of handling 1500 tons of waste per day. When a container arrives at the facility, it is photographed, weighed, and given and identification number. Then it’s dumped into a numbered slot and photographed again.

Workers Hand Sort Construction Waste
Workers and machines sort the contents on a magnetic conveyor belt. Metal, gypsum, stone and plastic materials are removed and recycled. Wood is chipped into mulch or sold to landfills as a proprietary barrier system. The process is amazingly efficient and the site surprisingly clean. An automated sprinkler system that keeps dust and particles from floating around is so effective that workers are not required to wear dust masks.

The Richard S Burns Company is Philadelphia’s only fully permitted and LEED staffed materials and waste recycling facility.

Demo Underway for Mariposa Food Coop

14 Sep

FitOut for Mariposa Food Coop During Demolition - Philadelphia, PA
Mariposa Food Coop hired Gardner/Fox to fit-out their new facility at 4824 Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia.
FitOut for Mariposa Food Coop During Demolition - Philadelphia, PA
This will be the main retail area. So much larger than their current space!
Mariposa Food Coop FitOut Demolition Philadelphia, PA
Kind of a cool old building. Re:Vision Architecture designed the building for optimal energy efficiency.
Visit Mariposa’s website for more information about their expansion.

Quorum: The Science Center’s New Clubhouse

18 Jul
Corporate Office Center and Meeting Room  FitOut in Philadlelphia's Science Center

Click on the photo above to see the entire Quorum gallery.

The University City Science Center developed an innovative meeting space at 3711 Market Street, a building designed for start-up companies in University City. The clubhouse is designed to accommodate presentations and programs to help the guide the Philadelphia entrepreneurial community.

The architecture, completed by UJMN Architects, adopts characteristics of an urban loft with flexible spaces that can be expanded or divided for large and small gatherings.

Mayor Michael Nutter and Science Center Director Steve Tang lead opening comments at the grand opening on June 9, 2011.

Wexford Equities Opens Marketing Center

15 Jul

Corporate Office FitOut in Philadelphia, PA

In April, Wexford Equities  high tech marketing center opened up in the Science Center at 3711 Market Street in Philadelphia. Gardner/Fox provided construction management services to fit-out the office center.

The architecture completed by UJMN Architects includes glass walls, flat panel monitors and an aircraft cable graphic display system. The architectural features exemplify the high tech nature of the building and the tenants it attracts.

Click the photo above to view more photos.

Chestnut Hill Development Wins National Award

25 Jun

LEED-H Platinum Certified Philadelphia PA Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia, PA – Dream Home Awards has awarded 33 builders, architects, designers, developers and tradesmen from across the nation for their excellence in a variety of areas. The awards, honoring trend-setting products and technology from the past year, were given to professionals who have helped take the home building industry to a new level. Winners received recognition in the June issue of hab-i-ta-tion Design Magazine.

The George Woodward Company’s development, Springfield Green, took home the Urban In Fill Project of the Year award for 4 environmentally friendly twin homes located in the historic Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. At just 1,913 sq. ft., the LEED-H Platinum Certified homes feel spacious due to abundant daylight, creative built-ins, indoor-outdoor connections, and an attention to how people flow through the spaces. Passive design strategies, such as optimizing day lighting and creating an innovative airtight thermal envelope coupled with active systems such as 275-foot standing-wells for the geothermal heat pump. Durable exterior materials reflect and respect the existing historic structures.

Gardner/Fox, The George Woodward Company and Re:Vision Architecture received the award based on factors such as quality of design, livability, sustainability and the ability to provide healthy and nurturing environments for consumers. Dream Home Awards aims to assist and encourage building industry leaders to develop innovative homes and products.

“We are thrilled to give this award to the individuals and companies who have gone above and beyond to provide truly innovative and cutting-edge products for their customers,” said Kelly Michele, Education Chair of Dream Home Awards. “These professionals are transforming the industry in an extremely positive way.”

Dream Home Awards is America’s true green awards program, using advertising, announcements and a judging process that are all done without the use of paper or shipping.