SMP Architects

  • In Progress French International School - Upper School Campus Expansion

    Under Construction

    The French International School of Philadelphia / Ecole Française Internationale de Philadelphie recently acquired an historic property adjacent to their existing Upper School building with the goal of creating a new campus. Working with the School, the SMP team developed a green campus plan for two new buildings, an Arts Center and a STEM Center, as well as a central gathering plaza and landscaped playspaces. The new construction Arts Center provides flexible rooms for classes and events. The STEM Center, a rehabilitation and addition to the neglected historic structure, houses seminar rooms and a science classroom. Covered walkways, cohesive materials, and extensively planted green space contribute to establishing a unified and expanded campus. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2021.

  • In Progress Baker Playground

    Working closely with the Baker Playground Advisory Council and the local City Councilperson’s office, SMP is designing an expansion of the existing building and significant improvements to the site at this urban playground in Philadelphia. The building addition will double the square footage of the existing to provide a multipurpose room, which will serve as an information and technology access center for the community, and a new entrance and lobby space. The new flexible space will be programmed in multiple ways and provide community members of all ages access to technology and enable group gathering for both in person and remotely delivered programming. Complementing the building expansion will be exterior renovation that includes a new accessible park entrance, playground and basketball court equipment, new landscaping, and new gathering spaces.

  • In Progress Hickory Run State Park Latrine Improvements

    Hickory Run State Park is home to 16,000 acres of park land and recreational amenities in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. SMP Architects designed four new visitor services buildings to support the many camping sites, replacing older well-worn facilities with new environmentally responsible and resource efficient structures. Our design takes inspiration and re-interprets details from historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) structures within the park. The four new comfort stations and shower houses will be clad in fiber cement lap siding and locally quarried stone. Integrating daylighting, environmental controls, and radiant floor heating, the buildings are designed for both visitor comfort and conservation of resources.

  • In Progress 8th and Diamond Recreation Center

    Under Construction

    SMP, working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is designing an expansion of the City of Philadelphia's 8th and Diamond Recreation Center, as part of a larger project that includes rehabilitation of the outdoor play areas. The expansion includes the addition of a multi-purpose room constructed underneath the existing roof structure, which currently protects an outdoor space. A new vestibule and lobby space is proposed to improve wayfinding to the rec center entrance and clarify internal circulation. Additional improvements to the interior of the existing building may include restroom renovation, painting, new lighting and new flooring.

  • In Progress West Chester University - South Campus Student Center

    West Chester University intends to demolish an existing former stable building currently used as a student center and to construct a new South Campus Student Center to serve approximately 500 students. The new building is intended as a memorable and comfortable place for students to study, spend time, and interact. Constructed of materials reminiscent of nearby barn construction, the building will house active and quiet student gathering spaces, a large multipurpose room for events, staff offices, and public restrooms. The project has a minimum goal of LEED Silver certification and will include environmentally responsible strategies such as a ground coupled heating and cooling system, a vegetated roof, and resource efficient materials.

Our work transforms the way people interact with each other and with their surroundings.

  • Additional Work IVCC Visitor Services Kiosk

    Completed 2020

    The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is the official visitor center for the Greater Philadelphia Region and a primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and surrounding counties. Since 2010, the Visitor Center has operated a satellite visitor services area in a portion of the Welcome Center at Love Park. The Welcome Center building is being renovated for other uses and so SMP has designed a new standalone visitor services kiosk. Designed to invite visitors in and to respond to the existing architecture in Love Park, the new kiosk will allow visitor center staff to provide information, sell tickets, and serve as a resource to all visitors in this area of Center City.

  • Additional Work Second Police District Office

    Completed 2020

    SMP designed a renovation of an existing bank building to serve as the new home of the Second Police District, for the City of Philadelphia. The new building will house administrative office space, locker rooms and shower facilities, spaces for the public including a multi-purpose room and lobby, and support spaces. The existing exterior parking area will be maintained and provided with new plantings, trees, bike facilities, and green vehicle charging stations. Environmentally responsible strategies incorporated in the project include the reuse of the existing building, diversion of construction and demolition waste, responsible materials specification, efficient HVAC systems with energy recovery, and LED lighting. The project has a minimum goal of LEED Silver Certification.

  • Additional Work The Hill School Quadrivium Center

    Completed 2020

    The Quadrivium Center at the Hill School is composed of two historic campus structures connected by a dynamic, new building showcasing state-of-the-art laboratories. The new construction respects and borrows from the adjacent historic structures and presents a contemporary view into engineering, natural, and physical science labs. New and renovated facilities for mathematics and computer science round out the School’s STEM program. An important part of the project is the provision of student space, including lounges and tutoring space. The dramatic entry lobby is envisioned as a gathering space for special school events.

  • Additional Work Academy of Notre Dame de Namur – Center for STEM Education

    Completed 2019

    SMP Architects collaborated with the Academy of Notre Dame to create the recently completed Center for STEM Education in support of the school's institutional mission and curriculum goals. The design sensitively responds to the traditional architecture of the historic campus while introducing a forward-looking facility that embraces 21st century science education. This visionary project strikes a creative balance between a focus on Notre Dame's future, through collaborative science education, and a strong respect for its past, in its contextual massing and materials. The facility is the cornerstone project in the realization of a new master plan, anchoring the southern edge of campus to define a new academic quad.

  • Additional Work Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory - New Bolton Center

    Study Completed 2019

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania intend to construct a new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) on the southern part of the New Bolton Center campus, located in East Marlborough Township, Chester County. The new building will house two large departments: the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) and the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology Research Laboratory (PETRL). The building will include a variety of research and animal diagnostic laboratories, office areas, and support space. SMP developed a Feasibility Study including three unique options for the site and building design. The project has a minimum goal of LEED Silver Certification.

  • Additional Work Renovation of Houston Market

    Completed 2018

    SMP Architects led a large multidisciplinary design team for the re-conceptualization and renovation design for Houston Market. Houston Market is located in the lower level of Houston Hall, the oldest student union building in the nation. The project had several key objectives: to diversify the food offerings within the market; to allow each food platform to function independently; and to extend the operating hours for the market and it’s seating spaces. The commercial kitchen, which has been fully renovated, serves the market platforms and also caters University functions within Houston Hall and across campus. The project is pursuing LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) certification, with a goal of LEED Silver.

  • Additional Work Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall Classroom Renovations

    Completed 2018

    SMP designed a phased renovation of classroom and conference room spaces for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall, the rooms have been renovated to accommodate new teaching technology, to provide furniture better suited to the educational goals of the spaces, to improve the lighting, and to update finish materials. A key challenge addressed by the design team was the integration of current audio-visual systems and technology while minimizing disruption to the existing concrete structure of the building. The project was constructed in two phases.

  • Additional Work Fairmount Park Horticulture Greenhouse Screens

    Completed 2017

    SMP Architects designed two screen installations for the Fairmount Park Horticulture Greenhouses. The first large screen establishes a backdrop for events and ceremonies held in the greenhouse while mitigating the strong western exposure for evening events. A second screen defines a threshold between two of the greenhouses while concealing various mechanical piping and equipment from view. Both screens feature a laser-cut filigreed pattern inspired at the macro scale by sunlight filtered through leaves and at the micro scale by leaf veination.

  • Additional Work Renovations in Van Pelt - Dietrich Library at Penn

    Completed 2017

    SMP designed a significant renovation within the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library to house three University organizations: the Library’s Teaching, Research, and Learning Services (TRL), the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), and the Online Learning Initiative (OLI). TRL coordinates a wide variety of Library resources accessible to faculty and students. CTL promotes teaching excellence, working to enhance the culture of teaching at the University. OLI is a vital part of the University’s mission to increase access, around the world, to the educational resources. The three offices are adjacent to the Wiegle Information Commons, which will encourage increased collaboration among the groups and allow for enhanced provision of services to faculty and graduate students in a central location.

  • Additional Work Poe Valley State Park, Park Office

    Completed 2017

    Poe Valley State Park is located in the “Seven Mountains” area within Bald Eagle State Forest in Central Pennsylvania. The 620 acre park landscape consists of steep forested hillsides, centered on the 25 acre man-made Poe Lake fed by Big Poe Creek. The Park Office building, visible as one enters the park on the main loop drive, provides for visitor contact and park administration. The building takes exterior color and material cues from the nearby Poe Valley Beach House, with fiber cement lap siding and a regionally quarried sandstone base. The entrance lobby is glazed to allow for views into the main visitor contact point within the structure. Exposed wood structural elements were harvested sustainably from Pennsylvania’s forests. Interior woodwork and furniture was constructed from lumber milled from downed trees.

  • Additional Work East Park Canoe House

    Completed 2016

    SMP Architects and a consultant team that including Heritage Design Collaborative designed the rehabilitation of the East Park Canoe House, a Spanish Mission Revival style building, designed by Walter T. Smedley in 1914. Located along Kelly Drive near Philadelphia’s famous boathouse row, the building is a contributing feature to the National Register District of Fairmount Park. The structure was closed in 2008 due to structural failures and has suffered serious deterioration. The extensive exterior and interior rehabilitation project has restored the building to its original use as a boathouse.

  • Additional Work Frances Slocum State Park, Environmental Education Center

    Completed 2016

    The expansion of the existing Patrick J. Solano Environmental Education Center provides an updated facility for environmental education, park programming, and interpretation while immersing park visitors in the natural environment. The Center includes interior and exterior educational spaces, staff offices, exhibit space, and public restrooms. The building is composed of three main elements: the renovated existing building; a new environmental education volume, consisting of an indoor education room and a covered outdoor classroom; and a lobby and restroom volume located between. The project has a goal of LEED Gold Certification.

  • Additional Work Huntsman Hall Renovations, University of Pennsylvania

    Completed 2016

    SMP designed a phased renovation of classroom and group study room (GSR) spaces for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, the classrooms and GSRs are being renovated to accommodate new teaching technology, to improve the lighting, and to update finish materials. A key part of the design investigation entailed research into the changing nature of collaborative learning spaces in both higher education and business settings. The new GSRs will accommodate interactive technology and glass marker walls to facilitate project based student discussions and collaboration. Phase 2 construction was completed in 2015, with the balance of the project to be constructed during the summer of 2016.

  • Additional Work Rutgers University Writers House

    Completed 2015

    SMP Architects designed the renovation of the historic 1885 Henry Genet Taylor House in Camden, NJ to house the Rutgers Camden Writers House. This project will facilitate academic collaboration while contributing to the physical and cultural revitalization of the Rutgers Camden campus. Designed by noted Philadelphia architect, Wilson Eyre, Jr., the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing element to the Cooper Street Historic District. The design supports a collaborative vision for the Writers House that meets the University’s programmatic criteria while respecting, preserving and enhancing the historic building and the neighborhood.

  • Additional Work Renovation of Main Building, Penn State Brandywine

    Completed 2013

    The Main Building at Penn State Brandywine, constructed in the late 1960’s, houses administrative offices, classrooms, a lecture hall, and student services. SMP has worked with Penn State on two phases of renovation to the building. Phase 1, completed in 2010, consisted of a complete renovation of the office wing of the building. The main entrance and interior lobby space are improved to provide a better first impression to visitors to the campus. Phase 2, completed in 2013, consists of renovations to all classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, student services, and administrative offices. On both phases, SMP worked closely with the University to coordinate abatement and construction phasing to conform to challenging construction schedules.

  • Additional Work Soak It Up!

    2013 (Design Competition)

    SMP Architects was a member of the winning team for the Greening the Grid neighborhood category of the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! national design competition. The winning design proposal focuses on enhancement of community fabric in residential neighborhoods through visible green strategies. The team envisions a process where neighborhood organizations collaborate with city agencies to embrace stormwater management as integral to every utility, streetscape, and community space renovation/construction project. The winning team: OLIN, Gilmore Associates, International Consultants, MM Partners, Penn Praxis, and SMP Architects.

  • Additional Work Tiadaghton Resource Management Center

    Completed 2010

    The Tiadaghton Resource Management Center is a LEED Gold certified facility for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. The building, located on a hillside in the Tiadaghton State Forest, was designed by SMP Architects to maximize the dramatic views of the valley, while incorporating numerous sustainable design strategies. The building is both an office for the Bureau of Forestry and a year- round welcome center for people looking to explore the state forest’s many beautiful woodland trails.

  • Additional Work Neighborhood Fabric(ation)

    2010 (Design Competition)

    SMP Architects was invited to participate in a design competition for Infill Philadelphia, a project of the Community Design Collaborative, focused on reinventing industrial space in the city. Neighborhood Fabric(ation) proposes a concept of individual or small scale workshop spaces supported by shared services and adjacent community uses. This neighborhood workshop will provide opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike, drawing a diverse group of makers, designers, small scale “manufacturers”, and entrepreneurs into the complex as tenants. Such a mix of related uses could draw people to the site for a variety of reasons – for jobs, for retail, for access to tools, and for continuing education. The concept has potential to be implemented in other urban sites in Philadelphia or elsewhere.

  • Additional Work William Trent House

    Completed 2009

    The first step in the comprehensive restoration of the 1719 William Trent House in Trenton, New Jersey, was a master plan to prioritize renovations to both buildings and site. Following the recommendations of the Master Plan, the design team completed restoration of the residence and adaptive reuse of the carriage house for offices and an orientation center. The landscape work was completed in 2007, and the exterior masonry restoration was completed in 2009. SMP Architects provided both master planning services and served as the architect for all of the restoration work, including overseeing of the final two phases of the work.

  • Additional Work Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

    Completed 2007

    SMP Architects completed a significant expansion of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary. The design included a renovation of, and an addition to, the idiosyncratic Stone House, a 1931 structure which houses displays and classroom space. A substandard modern addition was demolished and replaced with a new addition containing a bird viewing area, new lobby and entrance, and administra- tive spaces for the Arboretum. The design and materials selection highlight the environmental responsibility inherent in the mission of the organization.

  • Additional Work University Hall, Lincoln University

    Completed 2007

    SMP Architects designed a comprehensive renovation of University Hall at Lincoln University, a late nineteenth century building that was the second building constructed on the campus. The project involved historic restoration work, sensitive integration of modern infrastructure, and the addition of an elevator tower for universal accessibility. As a result, one of the oldest buildings on campus was transformed into a modern university teaching facility.

  • Additional Work Cusano Environmental Education Center

    Completed 2004

    The Cusano Environmental Education Center is a visitor center and educational facility in Philadelphia at the most urban of the over 500 wildlife refuges in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife system. SMP designed the building to uphold key principles of sustainable design: minimizing impacts to the environment through energy efficiency, the use of recycled materials, and in the treatment of the site. An ecological wastewater treatment system that processes the waste water from the building is a major part of the exhibit demonstrating the valuable purification char- acteristics of the marsh. The interactive exhibitions and science labs are geared toward teaching about the value of our marshlands.

  • Additional Work IHM Motherhouse

    Completed 2003

    This 380,000 SF project is one of the largest sustainable historic renovations in the country. SMP was charged with converting this 1930’s convent building into retirement housing that would appeal to a wider secular market in the future. The challenge was to design a sustainable community while respecting the historically significant structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Eco- justice and respect for nature are fundamental precepts of IHM’s mission. To make this renovation relevant to the congregation, SMP developed a new plan to focus all living and community spaces on the outdoors, so that even the frailest residents could contemplate the environment.

  • Additional Work Gittis Hall, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Completed 2003

    After completing a detailed feasibility study, SMP Architects was retained for full design services of the selected scheme: extensive renovation of the existing facility and a two-story addition. A key goal for the project was the creation of more high quality office space to attract new and retain existing faculty. The contemporary design solution is architecturally compatible with a neighboring historic building and the other Law School building facades along Chestnut Street. The project also improves the surrounding site, entry courtyard and streetscape while bringing the existing building into full code and ADA compliance.

  • Additional Work Sandstone Visitor Center

    Completed 2003

    SMP Architects designed a new visitor center for the New River Gorge National River, which functions as a gateway to the southern region of the park, as well as to the proposed New River Parkway. The site, building, and interpretive exhibits are integrated to form a seamless experience as one moves from the car, through the site, into the building, and out into the landscape. Environmentally responsive strategies were utilized wherever possible. The site, which was disturbed over time, was restored and developed to demonstrate sustainable landscape manage- ment and foster the restoration of historical indigenous ecosystems.

  • Additional Work Natural Lands Trust Headquarters

    Completed 2001

    To select the most appropriate site for Natural Lands Trust’s (NLT) headquarters expansion, SMP studied a number of options throughout the 44 acre preserve. The selected site preserves an open meadow on the property by locating the 13,000 s.f. addition on a previously disturbed site between an existing farmhouse and barn. NLT, an environmental organization working to preserve open space in southeastern Pennsylvania, specifically wanted a green building to reflect its environmental mission. Through a participatory process involving the client’s staff and board members, the design team defined a matrix of design criteria that corresponded to the mission of the organization and included ecological, aesthetic, cost and regulatory issues.

Our Clients

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Audubon Pennsylvania

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Bloomsburg University

City of Philadelphia

Drexel University

Fairmount Park Conservancy

French International School of Philadelphia

General Services Administration (GSA)

Germantown Friends School

The Hill School

Independence Visitor Center Corporation

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Lincoln University

Masonic Home of New Jersey

Morris Arboretum

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

National Park Service

Natural Lands Trust

New Bolton Center

Overbrook Environmental Education Center

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

PA Department of General Services

The Pennsylvania State University

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

Philadelphia Water Department

Rowan University

Rutgers University

St. Peter's Church (Philadelphia)

School District of Philadelphia

Silver Lake Conference Center

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Tavern Group

Temple University

University of Pennsylvania

Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation

USDA Forest Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service

West Chester University

Westtown School

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

William Penn Charter School

The Zoological Society of Philadelphia

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