Groundbreaking for the Upper Merion Township Community Center

UMT Community Center groundbreakingOn 23 October 2014, local dignitaries broke ground on the $10.5 million Upper Merion Township Community Center. Designed by BKP, the project entails renovation of, and an addition to, an existing 70,000-sf indoor athletic facility. The fully renovated new facility will provide recreation amenities for indoor soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, martial arts, and dance, along with dedicated space for the township-sponsored Senior Center and offices for the Parks and Recreation Department. Exterior improvements include new parking and storm water management solutions.

Click to watch video of the groundbreaking ceremony.

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center Opens

View From River 10-18On 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

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

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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.

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.

Charles Street Market Featured as Cover Story in College Planning & Management Magazine

College Planning & Management May 2014The May 2014 issue of College Planning & Management magazine features Johns Hopkins University’s Charles Street Market as the cover story. The project is highlighted in a Dining and Food Service Facility Focus article. Jeffrey Totaro’s photo of the project’s gourmet produce market graces the cover. BKP collaborated on Charles Street Market with Bon Appétit Management Company.

For the same issue, BKP Principal Darrell Kratzer, AIA, LEED AP, and Senior Designer Caitlin Daley were interviewed for “Five-Second Rule” about trends in dining facility flooring. They describe durable and dynamic options for high-traffic surfaces.

Click here to read Johns Hopkins University: Charles Street Market.

Click here to read Five-Second Rule.

BKP collaborates with Bon Appétit Management Company to redesign Georgetown pub

Following successful projects for Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania, BKP and Bon Appétit Management Company are collaborating to redesign Georgetown University’s Healy pub.

Georgetown Healy Pub redesign concept

Redesign concept rendering

Click here to read more about the project and how Georgetown students are participating in the design dialogue:

25 April 2014: The Hoya: Bon Appétit Takes Over Healy Pub

24 April 2014: The Georgetown Voice: Healy Pub Vendor Seeks Student Input

23 April 2014: Vox Populi: Nationally renowned food vendor selected for Healy Family Student Center pub

Wildwood Crest Public Library in the News

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.

Click here to read more about the colorful, energy-efficient design.

Click here to read the 23 April 2014 article in Wildwood Leader newspaper.

Wildwood Crest Public Library

PA State Police, Lawmakers Break Ground on New HQ

From top: Commissioner Frank Noonan addresses the crowd; DGS Secretary Sheri Phillips speaks; project team: Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP (BKP), DGS Construction Project Manager Mike Hudzik, JBC Associates, Inc. Project Manager Loren Mora, JBC owner Janet Cunningham, PE, and DGS Legislative Liaison Holly Lubart

From top: Commissioner Frank Noonan addresses the crowd; DGS Secretary Sheri Phillips speaks; project team: Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP (BKP), DGS Construction Project Manager Mike Hudzik, JBC Associates, Inc. Project Manager Loren Mora, JBC owner Janet Cunningham, PE, and DGS Legislative Liaison Holly Lubart

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.

 Click here to read more about the project.

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Philadelphia HQ for PA State Police Out for Bid, Under Construction Soon

Philadelphia HQ, PA State PoliceThe 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.

Click here to read more about the Philadelphia Headquarters.

UPENN High Bay BLAST Lab Selected for 2013 American School & University Architecture Portfolio

UPENN High Bay BLAST LabBKP’s design for the University of Pennsylvania High Bay BLAST Research Laboratory has been selected to appear as an Outstanding Design in the 2013 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, an annual feature celebrating the best in educational architectural design. BKP’s design for the UPENN Class of 1920 Dining Commons earned recognition in American School & University‘s Educational Interiors Showcase earlier this year.

Judges selected 145 projects to be featured in the November issue of American School & University magazine. The BLAST Research Laboratory was cited for outstanding design in a specialized facility. The lab houses fabrication and display of the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, which helps researchers understand the formation of stars and galaxies. Click here to read more about the project.

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