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 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.
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.
UPENN Class of 1920 Dining Commons Selected as 2013 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design
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.
The 8 May 2013 edition of Philadelphia’s Real Estate Bisnow featured BKP Principal Darrell Kratzer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and the firm’s recent renovation of the Class of 1920 Commons dining facilities at the University of Pennsylvania.
In “Sixties Made Modern,” Bisnow editor Dees Stribling describes how BKP was able to “re-open the space and blend it with . . . contemporary uses.” Bisnow covers local business news in 21 markets around the country, taking an informative and fun approach to writing. The Philadelphia edition is published weekly.
Building Design + Construction magazine has covered the new Administrative Headquarters for the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Staff writer Julie Higginbotham featured the project in the magazine’s online New Projects Portfolio.
Hidden City Philadelphia showcased the new Venice Island Performing Arts Center project as a catalyst for social and civic transformation in Manayunk. BKP designed the new recreation and performance venue scheduled to open next year.
In “Viva Venice,” authors Vivienne Tang and Brad Maule describe the collaborative project by the Philadelphia Water Department and Department of Parks & Recreation to bring a recreation and performance venue – and major stormwater remediation upgrades – to Venice Island. BKP Principal Joseph Powell is quoted in the article.
The new Venice Island Performing Arts Center will be a multi-use community hub for stage productions, community meetings, and events indoors and out thanks to landscaped exterior plazas and an amphitheater.
Hidden City Philadelphia is a web magazine celebrating the power of place and inspiring social action to make the city a better place to live, work, and play.
BKP welcomes Sunayana Mozumder, LEED AP BD+C, to the firm as senior designer. Proficient in high-performance building design and diagnostics, and experienced in architecture ranging from schools to nonprofit facilities, Sunayana adds depth to the BKP team. She has studied and worked in the U.S. and abroad and recently returned to the Philadelphia area after spending several years working in New York. Click to read Sunayana’s bio.
BKP designed the new Penn Dental Medicine Endodontic Clinic, which opened January 7 to positive reviews from students and faculty.
“I am thrilled. This new clinic is a state-of-the-art environment that will greatly enhance our educational programs and clinical care resources,” says Dr. Syngcuk Kim, the Louis I. Grossman Professor of Endodontics, who has led the Department of Endodontics for nearly 21 years.
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Penn Dental Medicine Opens New Endo Clinic
Building on Tradition: Creating a State-of-the-Art Clinic