The Wildwood Crest Branch of the Cape May County Library System opened in the summer of 2015. Inspired by the region’s iconic, colorful Doo Wop architecture, BKP designed a building that had its shore community in mind. Enhanced with sustainability features, technology, and programmatic amenities, the library has become an active community center. Everyone at BKP is proud of the collaboration with our clients and the library’s Architecture with Purpose. Watch to hear how Cape May County library officials and BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, describe the project.
UPDATE – The Venice Island Transformation was one of three finalists to win a 2015 Groundbreaker Award from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Green and The Challenge Program’s Construction Training and Education Center were the evening’s other two winners. BKP congratulates its teammates, the other winning teams, and the other finalists.
“By working together, we created something better than each of our individual parts,” said BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP.
On October 29 at Union Trust in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council will honor six finalists in the annual Groundbreaker Awards, including the Venice Island Revitalization, and will announce three winners. The Groundbreaker Awards celebrate transformative leadership in the green building community and industry. DVGBC recognizes projects that are moving the market, impacting the region, and influencing others to do the same around the corner or around the world.
The comprehensive Venice Island Revitalization project was named as a finalist, including the performing arts center designed by BKP, the sewer basin reconstruction and infrastructure improvements by Hazen and Sawyer, and site master planning and high performing landscape design by Andropogon. The project revitalized an abandoned, flood-prone site into a vibrant community space. Venice Island represents a shining example of design and construction teammates and city agencies working together for the benefit of the environment and community. From the green-roofed pumping station to the solar-powered site lighting to the high-tech glazing on the arts center, Venice Island is greater than the sum of its parts. The project is emblematic of the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Water’s commitment to sustainable design and to making places that balance functional and environmental goals.
BKP is proud to announce that Project Manager Caitlin A. Daley, Assoc. AIA, has passed all parts of the NCARB Architectural Registration Exam and is now a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Daley has been part of the BKP team since 2010, contributing her creativity as a senior designer and problem-solving skills as a project manager. A self-starter, Caitlin is an office leader who has earned the trust and confidence of clients through her attention to detail and organization. Last year, she co-authored “Freshen Up: Trends in Higher Education Dining Facilities” for American School & University magazine, highlighting her work at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania.
In its annual Best of Philly edition, Philadelphia Magazine named the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center Best Urban Space Transformation. According to Philadelphia Magazine, “What began as a vital water management project on Manayunk’s canal is now also a new performing arts center, amphitheater, green space and play area, with ongoing programming.” Click to see all of the 2015 winners.
BKP designed the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, which opened in October 2014. To read more about the project and view a photo gallery, visit http://bkp-ltd.com/places/city-of-philadelphia/venice-island-performing-arts-center/