The stately Nemours Mansion and Gardens has earned a new award, to add to its previous three. On November 9, 2016, Robinson Anderson Summers (RAS) Landscape Architects received the Trumbauer Award for Landscape Architecture & Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). [Read more…]
Perry World House was envisioned as a catalyst for global activities and Penn’s “door to the world.” At its core is a private residence constructed in the mid-1850s that became a fraternity house a century later. The building occupies a prominent spot at 38th Street and Locust Walk, the heart of Penn’s campus as well as a dense urban location.
Construction on the $18.95 million project is complete, with a September grand opening in the works. The historic structure, while still visible, has been enveloped by an addition that reinterprets its gables in a modern fashion. The architectural program provides flexible meeting space for large and small gatherings, plus offices, conference rooms and support areas.
Whether renovation or new construction, it’s the stuff behind the walls and in the ceilings that gives a building life and renders it habitable. The goal of creating comfortable, safe and energy-efficient administrative, academic and student life environments on university and college campuses is a common one. [Read more…]
School’s out for the summer, but BBA’s co-ops are hard at work. In fact, they’ve been clocking in every day for almost four months at this point and will continue to do so until September 16. [Read more…]
On June 8, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia held their 23rd Annual Preservation Achievement Awards. BBA served as the MEP engineer for three projects for that received 2016 Grand Jury Awards, which celebrate the highest level of achievement in historic restoration for the built environment. [Read more…]
Swarthmore College held the grand opening of its newest project, the Inn at Swarthmore, on May 4. In addition to the 40-room Inn—the centerpiece of the project— the Swarthmore Campus + Community Store (formerly the bookstore) and the 115-seat Broad Table Tavern are a draw for students, faculty, staff, parents and local residents alike. As the MEP engineer on Cope Linder Architects’ extensive project team, [Read more…]
According to the Bureau of Labor, in 2015 males made up approximately 90 percent of the professionals working in both the mechanical and electrical engineering fields. While girls and boys excel at math and science classes at the same rate in high school, fewer girls choose to pursue engineering in college. Fewer still elect to work in the field after graduation. BBA has a staff of 24 engineers and designers, six of whom are women, accounting for a quarter of the staff. [Read more…]
On May 4 Eastern State Penitentiary staged a ribbon cutting ceremony that signaled the opening of a three-year run of “Prisons Today,” the first major museum exhibition on mass incarceration. This exhibit creatively challenges visitors to reevaluate the role and effectiveness of prisons in America. [Read more…]
BBA is proud to announce the recent hiring of three new employees to our team: Robert Hughes, Victoria Fitzgerald Whitesell, and Peter Domingo. [Read more…]
On May 9 the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia held the grand opening of their new Community Health and Literacy Center at Broad and Morris Streets. The Center houses the CHOP pediatric primary care center; a Philadelphia Department of Public Health community health center; the Free Library’s South Philadelphia branch; and the DiSilvestro Playground and Recreation Center. [Read more…]
The restoration of Dey Mansion in Wayne, New Jersey has been recognized by the State of New Jersey with a 2016 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award. Constructed between 1740-50 by Dirk Dey as a private residence, it is an amalgam of Dutch and English influences, a rich and dramatic composition of country and urban elements that had few mid-18th century counterparts west of the Hudson River. [Read more…]
On April 18, two years of work with Murray Associates Architects of Harrisburg culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sustainability and Innovation Hub at Montgomery County Community College. New college President Kevin Pollock, Ph.D., is pictured at the podium. He was one of several speakers at the ceremony, which took place on MCCC’s West Campus in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. [Read more…]
On March 28, three Drexel University undergraduate students joined BBA. For the next six months, they will work alongside our team, completing their full-time, on-the-job, cooperative education experiences. John Dionisio, an electrical engineering sophomore, will be assisting the electrical engineering department; Sara Sadoff, a civil and architectural engineering sophomore [Read more…]
UPenn’s Richards Building renovation has been getting press in the Philadelphia Inquirer and AIA Philadelphia’s magazine Context. Designed by Louis Kahn and constructed in 1961, Richards is a National Historic Landmark consisting of four towers in a pinwheel configuration. No longer suitable for the wet-bench research for which it was constructed [Read more…]
BBA has launched our first-ever holiday e-card which can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here. Be sure to turn up the volume on your device, as the card has both audio and visual properties. Enjoy, and happy holidays from all of us to all of you!
BBA has promoted Charles S. Argue, Jr., PE, from senior associate to principal and Tami Knopp, PE, LEED AP, a firm associate, to lead electrical engineer. [Read more…]
September 12 marked the official start-up of One South Broad’s new cooling tower, installed in late June at the former PNB Building by owner Broad One LP. Flipping the switch to “on” was the easy part. The hard part was lifting structural steel, piping and four 7,000-lb. cooling tower sections into position atop the 25-story building at Broad and Chestnut Streets from a staging area near 15th and JFK Boulevard. [Read more…]
Three Drexel students joined BBA on September 21 to fulfill six-month, full-time positions as part of the university’s cooperative education program for undergraduates. All are in their junior year. Learning as they earn, their assignments at BBA correspond to their majors. Pictured from left to right, Brendan Donnelly is assisting the electrical engineering department; Cindy Phan, a communications major, is working in the marketing department; and Kyle Hanbicki is supporting the mechanical engineering department.
BBA put “Pedal Power” on the street for PARK(ing) Day 2015. The annual international event (#PARKingDayPHL) was held on September 18 and was celebrated in Philadelphia for the eighth consecutive year. Over 50 interactive mini parks (parklets) appeared on city streets as engineers, artists, activists, planners, local businesses, and average citizens took over metered parking spots in an effort to promote green and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces. [Read more…]
Webb Farmhouse and Maria Hall have won historic preservation awards from Preservation Pennsylvania, a statewide non-profit dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant resources. Preservation and renovation design for the 18th century Webb Farmhouse, which received the Historic Preservation Initiative Award for Stewardship, was by John Milner Architects. [Read more…]
Penn State has announced the completion of its new 77,800 square foot Health and Human Development Building, prominently located on College Avenue within sight of Old Main. Congratulations to BCJ’s Wilkes-Barre office [Read more…]
On June 3 three projects that BBA worked on received Grand Jury Awards from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia at their annual event. They are the Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy at Philadelphia University; Webb Farmhouse in the newly restored Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens; and Maria Hall Fire Restoration at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pa. For more information about the awards, click here.
As part of its Legacy Campaign, Congregation Rodeph Shalom undertook an ambitious expansion project led by KieranTimberlake that encompasses the Berkman Learning Center and the Thalheimer Family Lobby. Its centerpiece, however, is a 28,000 square foot addition which features a new entrance lobby, gallery, offices, multi-purpose room, and a drop-off driveway. For more about the history of the synagogue and evolution of its building program, click here.
Westtown School’s Science Center has been certified LEED Gold. Kudos to Westtown School for their vision, and to SMP Architects, who led BBA and other committed design team members to achieve this level of excellence. Take a video tour of the facility here.