BKP’s design for the Bern Schwartz Gymnasium Transformation at Bryn Mawr College has been awarded a Gold Citation in the 2012 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, the top tier of awards given in the prestigious school design competition. This year’s judges selected 72 projects, including 12 citations to be featured in the August 2012 issue of American School & University magazine. The gymnasium transformation was part of Bryn Mawr College’s Smart Women, Strong Women campaign. Click here to read more about the project.
Bryn Mawr College student Meredith Davis (’13) joined the staff of BKP for the summer. In return for college credit, Meredith will gain exposure to all aspects of architectural practice. Her responsibilities will include presentation materials and administrative tasks. Read how her summer plans compare to her classmates’ on the Bryn Mawr College What are you doing this summer? blog.
BKP Principal Darrell Kratzer presented an educational session at the APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities Keystone Chapter Spring 2012 meeting on April 10 in Hershey, Pa. “Revolutionize Campuses using the 3 R’s” described how to re-contextualize, re-purpose, and re-energize educational facilities, a topic Kratzer has written about for Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal (see below).
Kratzer was joined by George Thomas, Ph.D, and Susan Nigra Snyder, Principals of Civic Visions; Joseph Marra, Campus Architect for Bryn Mawr College; and Paul Bulau, District Manager for University of Pennsylvania’s Bon Appetit.
The Keystone chapter of APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities (KAPPA) was founded in 1991 to serve the educational institutions in the Keystone State. KAPPA is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to providing education and networking to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s higher education facilities officers.
“Re-Imagining, Repurposing, and Revenue: Lessons in Strategic Space Optimization,” by BKP principal Darrell Kratzer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, appeared in the March 30-April 12, 2012 issue of Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal. The article describes challenges building owners and facility managers face when trying to maximize productivity within existing space when budgets aren’t available for new construction or major renovation. The Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal publishes real estate, design, and construction news twice monthly.
Click to read the article (begins on page 4):
Re-Imagining, Repurposing, and Revenue
In the Feb. 24 Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Durability and style for a rec center,” author Nathaniel Popkin covers Philadelphia’s Pleasant Playground Recreation Center, for which BKP has designed a new facility slated to break ground later this year. Based on the firm’s 2001 design for Holmesburg Rec Center, the new building engages with the community through sustainable architecture. Calling the design “thoughtful” with “its contemporary footing in sustainable design” Popkin reinforces BKP Principal Joseph Powell’s design approach to “announce the rec center as a place of importance in the neighborhood.”