On 26 December 2012, the Ballon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope (BLAST) was launched into the stratosphere from Antarctica. The BLAST telescope was assembled in the University of Pennsylvania’s High Bay BLAST Research Laboratory, designed by BKP and completed in January 2012. Click here for photos of the launch from McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
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BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, was interviewed for a recent piece in Worship Facilities magazine. “Mixing It Up” appears in the November/December 2012 edition. The article by writer Keith Loria discusses why now might be the right time for houses of worship to consider mixed-use development. Powell describes the new Presbytery of Philadelphia headquarters, designed by BKP for both the presbytery’s administrative functions and community gatherings and events. Click here to read the article. Worship Facilities Magazine is the design, construction, operation, and maintenance magazine for today’s house of worship.
The University of Pennsylvania’s 1920 Dining Commons, renovated by BKP and opened in September, earned rave reviews from HerCampus.com, an online community written for and about collegiate women. “The new 1920 Commons may be the first and only renovation that will change your view on on-campus dining!” wrote author and UPENN student Joy McKinley. She describes the atmosphere as “one of comfort and camaraderie.”
Click to read the article: http://www.hercampus.com/school/u-penn/new-commons
Construction Today, the quarterly magazine of Philadelphia’s General Building Contractors Association, featured the Presbytery of Philadelphia Headquarters in its Summer 2012 issue, which came out in September. “Constructing a Connecting Place: The Nation’s Oldest Presbytery Gets a Sustainable New Home” describes the BKP design for the new headquarters, its sustainable features, and the impact of the facility to the Presbytery and community.
“The design has been very effective for us because it helps us connect in a more collegial way,” said presbytery Business Administrator Larry Davis. “We are working together a lot more; there’s more staff interaction and communication.”
Click here to read the article (begin on page 34).