BKP’s design for the Wildwood Crest Branch of the Cape May County Library System appears as a featured Design Profile in the Summer 2017 edition of CONTEXT, the journal of AIA Philadelphia. The issue looks at transformative civic spaces making an impact on communities and the design firms responsible for their creation. Wildwood Crest Branch Library brings two distinct community populations – 4,000 year-round residents and a swell of up to 250,000 summer vacationers – together through architecture that feels both intimate and spacious, while offering programmatic flexibility.
The Pennsylvania State Police Headquarters in Philadelphia earned a Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter 2017 Project of the Year Award. The CMAA Project Achievement Awards honor those projects constructed in the Mid-Atlantic region that represent creativity and innovation through construction and program management. The Pa. State Police Headquarters earned recognition as a sustainable project.
One of Pennsylvania’s largest and most-respected women-owned professional construction management firms, JBC Associates, Inc., provided construction management on the project. BKP and JBC collaborated on the award application, describing how security features and sustainability were woven into the project’s design and construction, and how the new facility maximizes troop efficiency.
BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP, was on hand for the award presentation 06 June 2017. He’s pictured with Pa. State Police Representative Larry Gallagher and JBC Principal Janet Cunningham.
BKP completed another collaborative project with Bon Appetit Management Company at Johns Hopkins University. The LaB, a 3,200-sf late-night campus entertainment venue, opened on 03 February 2017. The playful take on the idea of a science lab includes the formatting of the venue’s name, which is based on the periodic table of the elements. The LaB supports the university’s mission for meaningful engagement and inclusive student gathering space. Students provided feedback throughout the design process and spoke highly of the new space at the opening:
“I feel like the new location and new setting bring the entire campus together,” said Junior Morris Mou.
BKP is proud to partner with the University at Buffalo on renovations for the School of Dentistry. Integrated technology and custom workstation clusters support advanced pedagogy while catering to the learning preferences and needs of millennial and Z-generation students. Phase I includes an $11 million renovation of the pre-clinical laboratory space in the basement of Squire Hall. That phase is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Take a walk through the future pre-clinical lab space:
ULI Philadelphia announced eight winners in the 3rd Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence, including the Venice Island Transformation. ULI named the collaborative project as one of 15 finalists in May.
The jury cited it as “an excellent collaboration by city staff and focused outside professionals.”
The project transformed Venice Island from a flood-prone, semi-abandoned site into the centerpiece of a cultural revitalization in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. BKP designed the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center part of the project. Hazen and Sawyer designed infrastructure improvements, including sophisticated stormwater management and a four-million-gallon underground water storage tank and pumping station to alleviate flooding. Andropogon collaborated with Hazen and Sawyer, BKP, the Manayunk Development Corporation, and Philadelphia Water Department on master planning the five-acre site. Last year, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council honored the project and team with a Groundbreaker Award for the project’s commitment to sustainability.
The ULI Rouse Awards recognize outstanding and transformational land use developments, best practices, and creative visioning. Awards are named for ULI founder and civic leader, the late Bill Rouse. Award criteria goes beyond good design to honor responsible land use and creating and sustaining thriving communities.