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Congratulations Mariposa!

5 Mar
Historic Renovation for Mariposa Food Coop in Philadelphia

Sign installation underway at Mariposa Food Co-op's
brand new location at 4824 Baltimore Avenue.

The Preservation Alliance’s Grand Jury Awards Panel has just informed us that the Mariposa Food Co-op has been selected to receive a 2012 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award. Gardner/Fox partnered with Re:Vision Architecture and the Community Design Collaborative to plan and design the renovation.

The awards will be presented at the 19th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 8 from 11am-2pm, at the Crystal Tea Room in the historic Wanamaker Building in Center City Philadelphia.

The Achievement Awards Luncheon has become an important event for the Philadelphia region’s preservation community. The awards are presented to outstanding projects involving the preservation and protection of historic resources. Follow this link to see the complete list of all 2012 award winners.

Porsche of Conshohocken

15 Feb

Dealership Renovation in Conshohocken, PA
We renovated approximately 6,100 square feet of showroom and sales offices for Porsche of Conshocken. The renovation occurred in two five-week phases while the business remained open.

Work included the removal of all existing finishes, as well as the installation of new porcelain tile floors, a perforated metal ceiling system, high-intensity recessed lighting, custom track lighting, interior glass partitions, metal column wraps and dividers, custom millwork and new aluminum double-wide entry doors for car access.

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.

Food co-ops on rise in Philly area

22 Sep

Just read a great article about Mariposa’s expansion and the rise of co-ops in the Philadelphia area. Take a look.

Pam Seida browses the aisle at Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philadelphia, looking for tempeh bacon, which she insists is “yummy.”

The space is cramped, but Seida, 44, has shopped here for a decade, since moving from Rosemont. And yes, she is delighted that a new building is under construction just one block away.

The $2.6 million structure, to open in January, will be five times bigger, with vertical farming, bee hives, and a demonstration kitchen on the roof; dry-goods storage and cisterns for harvesting rainwater in the basement; a cafe and a classroom on the mezzanine; and, on the ground floor, aisles and aisles of locally grown produce, dairy, beef, and Seida’s favorite, tempeh bacon.

Even as the economy bleeds jobs, the number of member-owned food co-ops is doubling – in this region and across the country.

Mariposa Co-Op Breaks Ground with Mayor Nutter

20 Jul

Mariposa Ground Breaking Ceremony with Mayor Nutter

On June 27th, Mariposa Food Co-Op broke ground at the site of their new store along with Mayor Michael Nutter and over 160 co-op members and supporters. (Click the photo above to see more photos from the event.) The new store at 4824 Baltimore Avenue will offer five times as much space as their original location and will provide greater access to healthy, locally-grown and sustainably-produced food. The new store will be able to accommodate a larger membership and be open to non-member shoppers also.

The scope includes the renovation of a former 2-story bank building of approximately 4,000 square feet. While much of the original structure will remain, the new plan will include a large clearstory space for retail, a gathering area for members and their children, and a new kitchen for prepared foods. The work includes new electrical service and distribution, mechanical upgrades, structural enhancements, skylights, ornamental railings, retail displays  and refrigeration, and new finishes throughout.

Mariposa Food Co-op is a member owned and operated retail food cooperative that has maintained a storefront in West Philadelphia since the early 1970s.

Infiniti Auto Dealership Renovation

29 Nov

auto dealership renovation philadelphia pa
In order to meet new Infiniti standards, the Willow Grove dealership needed to upgrade the interior and exterior facade of the facility.

auto dealership renovation philadelphia pa
Work included a new acid-etched frameless glass exterior wall on the front façade, a new reed-glass entrance element, new frameless glass entrances, and Infinity dealership signage. New concrete walks, curbs, and parking lot upgrades were also included.


Krispy Kreme Oxford Avenue Preview on NBC10

4 Nov

It’s hard not to focus on the doughnuts bobbing down the conveyor and gliding through the glazing fountain, but check out the newly renovated facility. It’s okay you can watch it twice.

We’re so proud! (Plus we love hot doughnuts.)

Restaurant Fit-Out Construction Krispy Kreme Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia

5 more days till the Hot Now sign lights up!


Krispy Kreme Countdown

27 Oct

Krispy Kreme Philadelphia Dougnut Test Run

The doughnut making equipment appears to be working properly. It’s a beautiful thing. 14 days to go!

Hot Now! Krispy Kreme is Back in Philly

9 Aug

Restaurant Fit Out Renovation Philadelphia PA
Construction of a brand new Krispy Kreme is now underway at 7855 Oxford Avenue in Philadelphia.

Read more about Krispy Kreme’s return at Philadelphia Magazine. Where would YOU like to see a Krispy Kreme open? Leave a comment!

MINI Dealership Renovation Motors On

21 Apr

Dealership Service Bay Renovation and Facade Update Main Line Philadelphia

The first renovation phase of MINI of the Main Line’s Auto Service Bay is complete! Service work continues on the newly renovated half of the  service bay, visible through the opening in the temporary partition wall pictured above. The slab of the second half has been excavated, prepped, and poured as the renovation continues to progress.

For more information about the renovation, zoom on over to