Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center Opens

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation CenterOn Tuesday, 07 October 2014, BKP staff attended the grand opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, a 10-year collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, and Manayunk community. BKP provided architectural design for the new 10,000-sf performing arts and recreation center. The community center is one component of the $46 million project that includes a sophisticated storm water management program and a four-million-gallon underground storage tank.

“It will be a destination spot for a lot of people who have been wanting something new and different for the community.” – Mayor Michael Nutter

“This is certainly going to help with our creative economy. It is a smart project; a good, quality project.” – Councilman At-Large David Oh

“The theater component of the project . . . will provide the community with a stunning space for events and performances.” – James Jennings, Editor, Curbed Philadelphia

Click to read more about the Performing Arts Center:

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Click to watch video of the sustainable, community-focused project:

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Click to read more about the opening celebrations:

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The Daily Pennsylvanian: A Recap in Photos: Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center Opening

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Philadelphia Magazine Ticket: Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center Grand Opening

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Groundbreaking for the Upper Merion Township Community Center

Upper Merion Township GroundbreakingA 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 The $2.8 million project will include an outdoor playground and a new, sustainable recreation center to replace an outdated facility.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.

Joseph Powell and Cape May County Library Administrators Present at Conference

2014-bigstock-Library-53226526BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Cape May County Library administrators co-presented “Renovation Realities: Best Practices to Achieve a Successful Library Renovation without Sacrificing Peace of Mind” at the Library Management Institute Summer Conference June 16 in Philadelphia. Powell was joined by AnnMarie McMahon, LEED AP BD+C, Facilities Director for Cape May County, N.J., and Deborah Poillon, MLS, Director of the Cape May County Library System.

The three shared their experiences and recommendations for completing a renovation with high quality design and satisfaction from both the community and library administration. During the highly participatory session, attendees and the presenters discussed how to overcome perceived hurdles with renovation projects, reviewed best practices in the art and science of library design, dispelled myths and fears about the construction process, and shared first-hand feedback from the Wildwood Crest Public Library project, including how specific challenges were overcome.

The Library Management Institute offers workshops and conferences for the library community with a special focus on the issues in library management and leadership.

UPENN Class of 1920 Dining Commons Selected as 2013 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design

architecture-1BKP’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.

Bryn Mawr College Dean’s Office Recognized by American School & University Magazine

121013.409American School & University magazine has selected Buell Kratzer Powell’s design for the Bryn Mawr College Dean’s Office to appear in the 2014 Educational Interiors Showcase. The project was recognized as an Outstanding Design for Administrative Areas/Offices. It was one of 86 award winners in the annual program that recognizes college and university planning and design projects across the U.S. Award winners will be recognized in the August 2014 issue of American School & University magazine.

The project transformed Eugenia Chase Guild Hall from a dark and underutilized data center into a light-filled hub of student and administrative activity. Click here to learn more about the project.

This marks the third time in as many years that a BKP project has been recognized. In 2013, the University of Pennsylvania Class of 1920 Commons Dining renovation was featured, and in 2012, the Bryn Mawr College Bern Schwartz Gymnasium renovation was honored.