Woodlands I, a two-story former pharmaceutical company office building, is burdened with deep floor plates and narrow windows severely limiting the availability of natural daylight to a large portion of the floor plate and making any multi-tenant occupancy scenario virtually impossible in its current state. Creative thinking and a declining cost basis for a vacant 200,000 sf big-box office building in suburban Philadelphia is enabling the repositioning of a “sleeping giant” that preserves the irreplaceable asset of a mature site and avoids the prospect of hundreds of tons of construction waste from ending up in a landfill.
Rejecting the traditional office block circulation diagram, the expanded Lobby replaces the traditional corridor and provides a centralized circulation radiating from an internal urban like setting. Utilizing this model every tenant has a physical connection to the central core regardless of their location within the building. Anchored by the cafe, a grand stair, and the elevator block, the space is further subdivided into a series of intimate gathering spaces through the addition of various island forms used to define smaller scale gathering spaces.
The re-purposing of Woodlands I seeks to define a methodology for repositioning these outdated structures by proposing a carefully balanced set of interventions that breath new life to the building while preserving the best assets of the site and maintaining a sensitivity towards the ecological impact of the structures. This project is targeting LEED Gold.
3201 Race Street Apartments is a 175,000 square foot mixed-use development in University City on Drexel University’s campus several blocks from 30th Street Station. The project is comprised of a 16-story mixed-use tower including a 180-person early learning childcare center on the lower two floors and 164 market rate apartments.
The apartments will provide 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units and will cater to the dynamic “Eds & Meds” market in University City. The development includes a community plaza/garden, underground parking and residential amenities including a fitness center, game room, library, communal gourmet kitchen and a rooftop deck with a gas fire pit, grill and seating with spectacular views to downtown. Completion is scheduled for Spring 2017.
Erdy McHenry Architecture’s design for The Global Innovation Center fronts League Island Park in the Philadelphia Navy Yard with a two-story loggia engaging the unique urban condition to provide a welcoming gateway for visitors and employees. The building will feature a west-facing façade that frames views of the Park while providing solar shading for the building’s interior. Just two blocks from Central Green, the building’s location allows employees to take advantage of The Navy Yard’s unique outdoor amenities essential in creating the campus-like setting.
The 175,000 square foot technology center and Research and Design facility will include office space, labs and a small batch manufacturing facility. Project construction is expected to be completed in September 2017.
The multi-phased renovation of Meyerson Hall, seeks to revitalize the spaces used every day by Penn Design to welcome friends, colleagues and collaborators into the activities and spirit of the School of Design. The project consists of a Master Plan outlining a multi-phased renovation extended over several years along with a 12,000 sf addition.
Fundamentally, Meyerson Hall establishes itself as the ‘Center of Design’. In support of this approach, this Master Plan seeks to address the academic objectives by enhancing the quantity, quality and efficiency of the studio space, consolidating the research facilities, introducing designated critique space, and providing a place for informal academic discourse and interaction.
The proposal eliminates existing site barriers to establish an active connection along the busy 34th Street, creating a cohesive urban edge. New windows introduced into Meyerson Hall enhance this street edge experience by exposing the interior creative activity to the surrounding campus. The overall site plan strategy ties together Meyerson Hall and Frank Furness’ Fisher Fine Arts Library to enhance connections to the existing adjacent buildings addressing issues of accessibility, visibility, and pedestrian flow.
A new pronounced main entrance to the North, reorients Meyerson Hall and engages the campus edge to help reinforce the campus gateway at the corner of Walnut and 34th Street. Along with improving and enhancing the studio and academic spaces throughout the building, the master plan also proposes the enhancement of the overall user experience, by introducing a collaborative space known as the Commons, which includes a café to provide students, faculty, and visitors with a place to congregate and socialize. The space can be used for multiple functions including exhibitions, critiques, faculty staff meetings, special events, etc.
Phase 1 Implementation included the 2nd Floor renovations and upgrades, completed during the summer of 2013, including six studios on the east side and six on the west. In total, the studios were expanded to house 168 desks – 22 more than the previous configuration. The new studios were transformed to be more fluid, utilizing adjustable partitions between studios to accommodate different class sizes.
Phase 2 Implementation included the 3rd Floor renovation and upgrades, completed during the summer of 2014, which created six studios on the east side and six on the west. In addition to the studio renovation, this phase included the renovation of the school’s primary computer labs and IT offices, along with exterior site improvements; a new accessible entry and canopy on the north side of the building.
2015 – AIA Philadelphia Silver Award for Design Excellence – Unbuilt Project
Evo and Sky Green at Cira Centre South is a new off-campus residential Tower and one-acre park located in University City. The Tower extends the Cira skyline on the western bank of the Schuylkill River and represents a new housing option on a challenging site within walking distance to retail, residential, mass transportation and university facilities. EVO features attractively furnished units with bed-bath parity. It includes a broad array of high-end appointments including a roof top swimming pool, media lounge and a 24-hour fitness center.
The Tower is more than a place to sleep, eat and enjoy the wealth of amenities expected in a contemporary residential tower. This Tower is a critical component providing supportive, human-scaled residential communities. Smartly located “Public Squares” within the building are hubs of intellectual, social and recreational activity that stand at the center of a college experience, bringing together students, faculty, staff and the general public to form shared communities within the larger context of the nearby campuses and the City of Philadelphia.
Dubbed one of the tallest student apartment buildings in the United States, EVO sets new standards for student urban apartment living and along with its one-acre green roof as an added amenity, this project is in line to also establish new standards in sustainability and storm water management, targeting LEED Gold.
2015 – NCSEA Structural Engineering Award – Outstanding Project over $100 million
2015 – AIA Philadelphia Honor Award for a Built Project
Across from the new Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City of Philadelphia (the largest convention center in the heart of any American city) stands the new, 540-car Convention Center Parking Facility containing 16,000 square feet of street level retail. Sheathed in a scrim of textile composite mesh fabric, this uniquely designed facility is the only one of its kind in Philadelphia to have such an array of sustainable features including green roofs, LED lighting and electric car charging stations.
The driving platforms of the parking facility are concealed behind a fascinating transparency, nearing a seamless blend, created by the recyclable woven mesh textile skin of the building. Functionally, the textile allows for constant air flow, provides UV protection and durability through tough weather conditions. Architecturally, the fabric screens the mass of the garage, giving it varying degrees of opacity depending on the time of day and ambient light.
The façade of the parking facility is pulled back on the upper floors to allow the extravagant detailing of the corner tower of the adjacent church to be viewed. A glass wall in the building lobby allows the church tower to complete itself, meeting the ground and providing users of the facility an elegant backdrop to the facility’s high-tech lobby. Where the parking decks recede along Arch Street, a one-story retail component slides out to meet the sidewalk, creating a more pedestrian-friendly scale.
A metal panel shroud caps the retail space, folding down and wrapping into the facility entry, directing traffic into the garage. Passersby will also take note of the green roof atop the one-story retail platform (green roof areas have also been provided on the top parking tier), reminding them that even parking facilities have the opportunity to be sustainable.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society. The Museum has one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts. This collection includes over 100 locomotives and cars together with the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection.
The Museum uses the existing Rolling Stock Hall to display the locomotives and tender in a controlled environment. This aids the Museum in its aim to preserve the collection, but, the Museum needs additional interior space to house more of the collection. Currently, the Museum utilizes the yard to display additional pieces leaving these prone to continued environmental degradation. To satisfy the need to provide more additional interior space the Museum envisioned this Roundhouse project which will provide space for 6 more tracks for a total of 12 locomotives and cars.
The proposed Roundhouse will be located on the west side of the site partially encircling the Cressona Roundhouse 1927 turntable bridge which was relocated to this site in the 1970’s. The Roundhouse design is a contemporary interpretation of the building type used historically in railroad yards to service and store locomotives and cars. The design includes provisions for future expansion as well as repairs to the turntable bridge structure and the replacing of the turntable controls, drives and motors.
The design responds to complex site constraints and operating clearances for the tracks and turntables. This results in a spiraling westerly wall providing a spatially rich conclusion to expanding Roundhouse form. The project will include geothermal heat-exchange based HVAC systems.
Erdy McHenry Architecture, working with the Architect of Record, Holmes King Kallquist & Associates in Syracuse, NY designed a mixed-use housing for approximately 312 beds with a breakdown including studios, one bedroom units, and 2-bed / 2-bath and 4-bed / 4-bath suites.
The complex is composed of a total of five floors, four of which are residential floors. The ground floor includes a combined coffee shop and convenience store; a clubhouse with a fitness center, computer lab and business center and a Department of Public Safety office.
A portion of the facade on Henry Street is pulled westward to create a planted entry plaza, providing a visual separation in the block-long facade. Seating from the retail space on the south end of the plaza provides life to a long-dormant portion of Henry Street while an outside terrace on the western side of the main building lobby allows students a quieter setting for studies.
2013 – AIA Central NY – Citation for Design | Residential: Multi-Family Award
Erdy McHenry Architecture has been commissioned to create a Master Plan for the Teaching Dairy Barn (recently finished) and Large Animal Teaching Complex (LATC) for Cornell University. The master plan describes the vision, principles and essential features that will guide the near-term and long-range development of the proposed site, and will establish objectives for the physical and functional structure of the site.
The Teaching Dairy Barn and its associated out-buildings were the first structures to be completed within Phase I of the Master Plan implementation. The sleek and modern building currently houses approximately 80 cows, with the capacity to hold 60 more for milking and an additional 30 “dry” cows (cows in between lactations and preparing to start the next).
The facilities include overhead fans, stall areas equipped with soft bedding, and electric backscratchers designed for cows to brush up against.
The Milking Center is composed of two areas—a milking and holding area and a training/observation area. The sides of the milking area are open to the elements with operable curtains on the east and west walls to seal the building during the winter months. Overlooking the milking parlor is a classroom designed for the students to observe the parlor and nearby stalls. The viewing/classroom space overlooking the milking parlor has a glass wall on the parlor side and is accessible via either a ramp from the west side or stairs on the east side.
2013 – AIA Philadelphia – Gold Medal
2013 – AIA Central NY – Citation for Design
The Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) project started out of need for a parking lot and a bus stop on the site of the new Center of Excellence building, but the client wanted it to be more. The facility was to “tell a story” about sustainable design and inform the neighborhood of its work. They had a vision for the site to become an arts and cultural destination, to become a model of development for future urban books. A parking lot for 99 cars will be anchored by a large detention basin to mitigate the storm water run-off from within the site. Five parking spaces will be designated for hybrid vehicles and another five spaces will be equipped with car chargers for electric vehicle re-charging. A solar PV amature at the south edge of the parking lot will provide electricity to maintain the lighting and car charging stations. A small pavilion will become a shelter for bus passengers. The pavilion will have bike vending available for people to rent bikes, vending machines for a quick snack and lockers to store possessions. While waiting on a cold day, passengers can sit on a radiant bench, heated by the sun. A display wall will actively monitor the energy usage and production of the facility and allow workers to see work that is being done. It is intended to be “net zero”.
The ITC will incorporate several environmental features that will reduce energy consumption, mitigate storm water runoff and be a tangible example for other ecologically-minded urban projects in Syracuse.
The ITC project will collect site-generated storm water run-off in a shallow basin that will encourage evaporation as well as transpiration through its use of plantings. A controlled outflow will connects the basin to the city’s combined storm sewer system. As designed, this system will maintain storm water outflow at, or below allowable limits.
Solar Energy Collection is a major design feature of the ITC. Using either Photovoltaic (PV) and/or Solar Thermal Energy (STE) collection systems, the project is intended to generate all of its own energy – it is designed to be “net-zero”. This includes the required electric loads for the ITC equipment, as well as the LED parking lot lighting. The PV collection system will be tied to the sites electrical system, allowing the overall site to benefit from any excess power that is generated.
Solar power monitoring will be displayed to the general public, showing current usage as well as power being generated. The form of the collection structure will change seasonally in order to increase its efficiency. By adjusting orientation to changing sun angles, the adapting structure will visually demonstrate seasonal optimization.
In winter, part of the collected solar energy will be utilized to temper the environmental conditions for transit riders waiting for the bus. A heated bench and partial wind enclosure will provide a warmed micro -environment through the use of radiant technologies. Using energy collected through PV and/or STE collection systems, the Intermodal Transportation Center will provide a safe-haven from the cold winds and harsh temperatures of the Syracuse winter.
The Courtyard by Marriott is located in the heart of the Philadelphia Navy Yard in a prominent location visible from Interstate 95, directly south of Center City Philadelphia along Broad Street. The five-story, LEED certified Courtyard is a significant contributor in the continued revitalization of the Yard. Accounting for 100,000 square feet, this full service, 172-room hotel is an integral part of the continuing implementation of the Navy Yard Masterplan.
The ground floor houses an enhanced dining and bar/lounge facility, a fitness room and approximately 2,000 square feet of meeting space for use by hotel guests and corporations within the Navy Yard. Preliminary studies were conducted to guarantee the project would maintain the established facade curvature that faces the on-site park, while ensuring day-lighting and views for all of the guestrooms and primary spaces contained within the building. This client request was incorporated into the design for the Courtyard by Marriott, which utilizes curved glass to create both enticing views and the roof that will cover the Rouse Boulevard entrance within the Navy Yard.
The building lobby is accentuated by a continuous ribbon that wraps along the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces in order to direct guests through the space both visually and physically. Utilizing aluminum and wood as part of a material palette reminiscent of those used in ship-building, the ribbon greets arriving guests at the ceiling of the porte-cochère. It extends across the lobby ceiling before transitioning down as the backdrop to the reception area, then forming an apron upon which the kiosks sit. The ribbon continues onto the floor, which visually directs guests to the elevator before wrapping up the ceiling en route to the dining and lounge areas. It finally becomes the field on which sits the communal tables. The balance of the floor finishes are comprised of a custom carpet derived from patterning developed from the Marriott brand as well as a linear-patterned porcelain tile.
The exterior of the building at the guestrooms are clad in a Composite Metal Panel rainscreen system, giving the building an ever changing skin that depends upon the time of day and amount of sunlight. The exterior rainscreen creates a system to reduce the building’s overall heat gain by using a series of sub-girts and custom aluminum clips to prevent transfer of heat to the building sub-framing. The base of the building is comprised of a mix of aluminum storefront and porcelain wall tile that also extends up the vertical circulation towers.
The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Board of Trustees generated a strategic plan designed to heighten the organization’s national profile. The plan included establishing a school for classical ballet and expanding the organization’s presence in the community through outreach and education. Migrating to a new home on the Avenue of the Arts has become a key component in implementing this plan.
The new complex, along The Avenue of The Arts, will allow the Ballet’s multiple departments to exist under one roof. This facility will establish a tangible identity for the Pennsylvania Ballet on the city’s major arts corridor, cementing the Ballet as an important part of the region’s cultural landscape and a major presence on Broad Street.
Its new entrance will be set back from Broad Street and will be accessed by passing through a dynamic garden space. The garden space will have a series of landscaped benches where staff, dancers, and others involved with the Ballet can sit and relax. The space will be wrapped by a site wall giving a sense of privacy to the garden and creating a stronger street presence for the complex.
At the northwest corner of the site, the current White Building will be renovated for the Ballet’s executive departments and will feature a mix of open office space planning and closed offices for department heads. Each office floor will feature a shared conference room and shared filing space.
The Shed and Garage buildings are located at the east of the site. Both buildings will be renovated and used for rehearsal studios and related program. The renovations will maintain the character of the former buildings by exposing existing brick walls and re-using existing window openings. A new roof will be built over the shed that will allow daylight into the rehearsal studios.
Connecting the White Building and the Shed Garage Renovation is a new construction that contains a reception area, dancer locker rooms, and a 3500 sf rehearsal studio. The rehearsal studio’s size allows the Ballet to replicate the stage of The Academy of Music in preparation for performances. The rehearsal studio features a glazed wall where people can observe dancers in rehearsal. A large skylight in the reception area floods the area with daylight.
The renovated shed building and Studio Building will feature a green roof system that will aid in controlling the temperature of the spaces, as well as provide an attractive roofscape to surrounding buildings.
The Rutgers Camden Graduate Student housing project was aimed at boosting on-campus enrollment and revitalizing the city’s downtown. The 12-story building on Cooper Street, the first new student housing in Camden in more than two decades, houses about 350 students and includes about 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level.
Erdy McHenry Architecture teamed with Michaels Development Company (MDC) for this very important project. MDC’s university housing division, University Student Living, develops, constructs, and manages student housing communities in areas adjacent to colleges and universities across the country.
It has been a goal of the Rutgers Student Governing Association to increase on-campus population. This housing and retail complex brings new energy to this campus and creates critical mass, which will likely expand to surrounding downtown Camden, encouraging future development. The 7,000 sq.ft. of retail space, defining the building at street level, re-establishes a language of community, greeting pedestrians and residents alike. Through innovative building practices, coalesced with a distinct neighborhood vernacular, the project is taking part in revitalizing Camden’s community while creating a distinct collegiate environment.
2012 – AIA Philadelphia Merit Award – Built Category
The Vertical Screen headquarters is constructed on a brownfield site that was part the Johnsville Naval Air Development Center, which was the primary training facility for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. The building’s unique architecture speaks to the technological innovation and heroic scale of its place. The open hangar-like structure provides a spacious, open office environment that is connected to the surrounding landscape. The owner’s extensive artwork collection focuses (paradoxically) on seminal imagery of industrial innovation once considered progressive by our carbon-addicted society as an inspirational counterpoint to the building’s expressive environmental features.
Additional innovation is evidenced by the “green pods” where nature is brought inside with a vegetated wall, fresh air is more efficiently delivered through under-floor raised access floor and nature is indoors and out. Live plants grow on top to provide oxygen and decor. They are watered with the rainwater collection system when available. This harvesting system collects rainwater from 60% of the roof and stores it in a 50,000 gallon underground tank. The water is used to flush low-flow toilet fixtures and water faucets as well as to irrigate interior green walls and onsite landscaping.
Automatic window shades and light-dimming systems allow precise balance between daylight and artificial light, while numerous windows allow for a direct connection to the natural environment. The building is made up of an array of re-purposed materials, including certified cut wood products, bamboo casework and doors, recycled glass counter-tops and carpeting made from recycled tires. All interior spaces that needed to be enclosed by the program are condensed into a two-story massing that is covered by an exterior shell. These include mechanical rooms, stairs, bathrooms, the data center and conference rooms.
Located on the roof, 900 solar panels generate 164 kilowatts to provide 20% of the building’s energy requirements. A cylindrical solar panel design captures both direct sunlight from above and reflected sunlight from a white “cool” rooftop. The unique shape of the panels allows wind to naturally flow through the spaces between the panel cylinders. In addition to increasing the efficiency of the system by keeping it cooler, the reflective white roof also contributes to energy savings by providing a more efficient building envelope that reduces the building’s air conditioning load.
A closed-loop, geothermal water source heat pump includes approximately 65 closed-loop wells installed at a 500 ft. depth in order to utilize the earth’s mean temperature—utilized to heat and cool the building. The use of groundsource heatpumps at a brownfield site and for a large commercial building is very unusual and required additional care due to the site’s former use. Geothermal wells and horizontal manifold is routed beneath the parking area, with the remainder of the site dedicated to a corporate farm and greenhouse.
The building has an exceptional system for real-time monitoring and automated controls for water and energy use. In addition to building management having access, the information is displayed in the lobby and is available through the company’s website. Vertical Screen has also begun the process of obtaining LEED for Existing Building certification, ensuring that it is being managed to the highest sustainability standards.
Since the building opened in April 2011, more than 2,000 individuals have toured the facility. These tour participants have ranged from professional groups of architects, green consultants, and engineers to teachers, government administrators, artists, and art collectors. Also, many “lay” persons have toured the facility ranging from classes of elementary school children to older adults. Each tour, tailored to the specific group, reviews the key energy saving strategies that the building uses to achieve its energy saving performance, as well as the materials and construction methods used in constructing a LEED Platinum building.
The new headquarters was awarded LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in November 2011, the highest sustainability designation granted by the USGBC. Vertical Screen’s LEED Platinum score of 58 points, which made the building the greenest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and tied it for the seventh-highest LEED score for a newly constructed office building in the United States. It is also ranked as the ninth highest in the world.
Drexel University’s history and reputation are heavily rooted in engineering and technology disciplines, so it seems only appropriate that those aspects of its built environment occupy a more prominent place in the conceptual infrastructure of the campus. This new dormitory is a building that is more than a superficial or decorative relationship, but rather a collaboration that respects and reflects the fundamental pedagogy of Drexel’s historical roots.
This project was a collaboration between Erdy McHenry Architecture and Cecil Balmond, one of the worlds leading structural engineers. The building is the first at Drexel to establish and promote a design approach that embraces an integrated design team where the systems and structures are the conceptual drivers.
The dormitory plan strives to achieve a high level of efficiency by locating all stacked core elements toward the center of the plan and through allowing the students rooms to radiate about the edge of the core. While the core maintains the same orientation throughout the entire height of the building, the students’ rooms rotate about the core.
Erdy McHenry Architecture was contracted to design this new office building at the Philadelphia Navy Yard by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners. The four-story, LEED Gold certified building contains 100,000 square feet of office space around a central atrium at the core. This building is part of the ongoing effort to revitalize the Navy Yard, which will bring new life and excitement to this important landmark in Philadelphia’s history.
The building anchors the corner of Three Crescent Drive and Diagonal Boulevard, making it the first building in the overall master plan to occupy this main axis of the Navy Yard. This site is visible from various locations around the Navy Yard, including Interstate 95. The exterior of the building is clad in fiber cement board, which gives the building an ever changing skin dependent on the time of day and amount of sunlight present.
Each office space has natural light and panoramic views of the ever changing Navy Yard and Philadelphia skyline. The building was designed to optimize the amount of sunlight entering into each office, thus increasing productivity in the workplace. The ground floor houses retail space and a cafe for employees and future residents around the site.
The wood wall at the atrium was designed to allow light to penetrate the space and filter into offices and down to the lobby below. This wall is hidden from the exterior and only reveals itself upon entering the building. The wall also brings warmth into the space and breaks up the large vertical atrium.
The north facade incorporates sun traps to reflect light into the building in the morning and evening when the sun is at a lower position in the sky. An exterior courtyard space acts as a refuge for employees and as a buffer between Three Crescent and future buildings along the Diagonal Boulevard.