BWA to present at Homes Within Reach Conference – December 4th

BWA Project Manager Morrie Zimmerman will co-present a training workshop at the 2012 Homes Within Reach Conference. From December 3rd to 5th in Harrisburg, PA, this year’s event will focus on tackling blight, ending homelessness, and expanding development opportunities.

Stop by on Tuesday, December 4th to hear Morrie speak about lessons learned from Connelly House, a LEED Gold, eight-story, multi-use building in downtown Philadelphia that provides 79 units of affordable, supportive housing for formerly homeless adults and facilities for non-profits Bethesda Project and Project H.O.M.E.

Session details:
Creating Meaningful Design in Communities (D8)
2:30-4:00pm Tuesday 12/4

Affordable housing development has a mixed record in fostering continuity and positive change in challenged neighborhoods, often harming rather than improving the quality of neighborhood life. Learn proven community design tools, ways to engage with community stakeholders, and the value of working with the physical, economic and social context of a development so that your development team can play a greater role in connecting and restoring communities.

    Ken Doyno, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
    Mindy Fullilove, NYSPI at Columbia University
    Dan Rothschild, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
    Morris Zimmerman, BWA Architects

Stop by the seminar or BWA’s table in the exhibit area to say hello…Hope to see you there!

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Washington Crossing Visitor Center Nearly “Finished”!

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Finishes, furniture, and final details…

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Construction Nearly Complete at Keneseth Israel

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The low bimah platform, lighting, and furniture were installed in time for the high holidays!

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Connelly House receives LEED Gold plaque!

BWA staff attended the October 11, 2012 ceremony where Connelly House’s LEED Gold award was officially conferred by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Congratulations to Project H.O.M.E. and the entire project team on this great achievement!

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Studio Update!

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After months of planning, building, and cleaning, we threw ourselves a party to celebrate the new space! Click for a virtual tour, or stop by to see for yourself!

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Post Learning Commons Featured in SJU Magazine

Post Learning Commons is the cover and featured story in the Summer 2012 edition of SJU Magazine. We’re so pleased that the building has become the ‘Academic Hub’ it was designed to be! Our favorite quote from the article: “This place makes me feel smarter!”

Click the image at the left for the web-based article. Full download of the entire magazine is available here.

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Washington Crossing Visitor Center Nears Completion

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Project architect Morrie Zimmerman gave BWA staff the grand tour of the Washington Crossing Visitor Center as construction nears completion. The revamped and expanded facilities look sharp and spacious, the open-loop geothermal system is performing as expected, and we look … Continue reading

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Construction Continues at Washington Crossing Visitor Center

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We Got the Gold!

Connelly House Earns LEED Gold!

Connelly House has earned LEED Gold! Read more about the building here.

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Construction Begins at Keneseth Israel

Construction has begun on renovations at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel. To meet the needs of an evolving congregation, Keneseth Israel turned to BWA to refresh the synagogue’s 1950s-era sanctuary in a manner respectful of its Modernist aesthetic. In addition to selecting a new color scheme for carpet and reupholstery fabric, the main focus is the construction of a “low bimah” to provide a setting for smaller events in the large main sanctuary. By removing the first few pews, thoughtfully configuring a new low platform that will include an ADA ramp, adding media projection screens, designing new, and cleaning existing, ceremonial furniture, and creatively using energy-efficient lighting and digital controls, BWA is working to achieve a more intimate setting for smaller groups of worshipers while retaining all of the beauty, drama and cherished traditions associated with the ark and broad upper bimah.

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