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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.

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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

Fit Out FOP Lodge 5 Phila
Chairs arrive Monday!

Han Dynasty Renovation on Market Street

1 Jan

Han Dynasty Restaurant Renovation Fitout Philadelphia

The Han Dynasty restaurant acquired restaurant space in University City formerly occupied by Mid Atlantic restaurant. Gardner/Fox renovated the space to accommodate the new restaurant’s cooking and dining requirements.

Construction included the reconfiguration of the cooking line and the incorporation of a new 5-burner wok. The addition of new privacy partitions separated the open kitchen from the main dining room. The installation of Bendheim decorative glass panels highlights the view of the open kitchen from both the main and private dining areas.

Han Dynasty boasts new amenities and options at the new 37th and Market location. While most of the locations are BYOB, the University City restaurant holds a liquor license.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate

12 Dec

Gardner/Fox President Brook Gardner attended the annual Urban Land Institute 2013 Emerging Trends in Real Estate forecast on November 29th at the Union League. The well-researched, detailed ULI report predicts the following for 2013:

Emerging trends for the design and construction industry:

  • Multi-family rental housing is overbuilt
  • Home builders should expect marginal improvements
  • Compactness, people and business seek smaller spaces
  • Rethink and adapt the suburbs

Best Development Bets

  • Infill locations around mass transit hubs
  • Industrial facilities in transportation hubs (ports and airports)
  • Repurpose obsolete property
  • Apartments, Office and medical office in 24 hour urban markets

For more information contact the ULI,

Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 Construction Progress

11 Dec

Phila FOP Lodge 7 RenovationCatering Hall main entry with porte-cochere. Excavation of approximately five feet along the north side of the building allowed for a new access drive and storm water piping. The drive was finished off with a modular landscape block retaining wall, landscape bed with river rock border, and concrete stairs. The new façade features articulated EIFS coating, aluminum windows and entry doors, and roof coping.

Phila FOP Lodge 7 Dining Hall Construction
Banquet Hall. Drywall coffer ceilings with tegular acoustical tiles, custom fabricated chandeliers with cut crystal accents and Lutron dimming controls dress up the banquet hall. Interior columns will receive custom wood surrounds and moldings. The walls will be finished with fabric and vinyl wall coverings, accent paint, custom sconces, full-height aluminum windows and an aluminum decorative reveal in the drywall.

Commercial Kitchen Under Construction
Kitchen. Construction continues in the kitchen which includes stainless steel exhaust hoods with conditioned make-up air, lighting, and an Ansul fire suppression system, a stainless steel ceiling grid with Armstrong Humiguard tiles, and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) wall sheeting on the perimeter walls. The interior divider wall will receive stainless steel wall panels. Quarry tile is stocked on pallets ready for installation.