The Wildwood Crest Branch of the Cape May County Library will bring the New Jersey shore community a much-needed larger and more functional library. Inspired by the iconic mid-century modern architectural styles of the Wildwoods communities, BKP created a contemporary design that reflects the region’s history while positioning it for a long future. A solar chimney will keep the building cooler in summer and warmer in winter, impact-resistant glass will afford protection from coastal storms, and reclaimed wood and other sustainable materials will offer durability and natural beauty. Construction begins in April with completion planned for April 2015.
The Pennsylvania State Police broke ground Monday, 24 March for its new Philadelphia Headquarters and Maintenance Garage. Below-freezing temperatures did not deter Police Commissioner Frank Noonan from presiding over a groundbreaking ceremony at the Belmont Avenue site, where the $18 million design was heralded for state-of-the-art amenities that will significantly improve conditions for police and public service.
Pennsylvania Department of General Services secretary Sheri Phillips, representative Cherelle Parker, and other lawmakers were in attendance along with members of the project team and BKP Principal in charge of the project, Joe Powell.
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The Philadelphia Headquarters and Maintenance Garage for the Pennsylvania State Police has gone out to bid, with construction beginning soon. BKP’s design for the 54,000-square-foot facility incorporates sustainable, energy-efficient features, advanced stormwater management, and enhanced security. Thoughtful project phasing will enable construction to take place on the same site while the existing building remains fully operational. The project represents another successful partnership among BKP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Police, following completion of the Trevose Troop M State Police Barracks in Bensalem.
BKP’s renovation of the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1920 Commons Dining Facility has been selected to appear as an Outstanding Design in the August 2013 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.
A panel of judges selected 80 projects to receive awards. The Class of 1920 Commons Dining was one of eight projects highlighted in the outstanding designs for cafeterias and food service areas category. Click here to read more about the program and other award-winning design projects: http://schooldesigns.com/Educational-Interiors-Showcase.aspx.
Since 1928, American School & University has been the information source for education facilities and business professionals — serving the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. The Educational Interiors Showcase competition honors excellence in the architectural design or renovation of educational interiors. In 2012, BKP’s design for the Bern Schwartz Gymnasium Renovation at Bryn Mawr College earned recognition in the same program.
A groundbreaking event was held Friday, October 22 for the new Pleasant Playground in Philadelphia’s East Mount Airy neighborhood. BKP is the architect of record for the updated recreation center project scheduled for completion in June 2013. The $2.8 million project will include an outdoor playground and a new, sustainable recreation center to replace an outdated facility. The center is modeled after the Holmesburg Rec Center, also designed by BKP and identified as a benchmark for the city. “We are committed to making Philadelphia a stronger city,” said BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. “Creating safe places for kids to play fits with our firm’s mission of architecture with purpose.”
Click to read about the groundbreaking on WHYY’s Newsworks.