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  • In Progress Academy of Notre Dame de Namur - Center for STEM Education

    SMP Architects collaborated with the Academy of Notre Dame to create a new 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 vision strikes a creative balance between a focus on Notre Dame's future, through collaborative science education, and a strong respect for its past, in the contextual massing and materials. The facility will be the cornerstone project in the realization of a new master plan, anchoring the southern edge of campus to define a new academic quad.

  • 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.

  • In Progress Penn State Abington Student Apartments

    Under Construction

    SMP Architects has designed a new student apartment building for Penn State University. SMP teamed with Turner Construction Company on the design/build delivery of the project, which will be the first housing facility for the Abington Campus. Owned and operated by the University, the 400 bed structure will be located on a prominent site along Old York Road in Abington, one mile from campus. The building and site were designed to support first-year students with various opportunities for social and academic interaction. The project is pursing LEED Certification and is our third residence facility for Penn State, following a 400 bed residence hall at Penn State Berks and a 100 bed residence hall at Penn State Harrisburg. The new residence hall will be occupied in Fall 2017.

  • In Progress Martin Luther King Older Adult Center

    Under Construction

    The Martin Luther King Older Adult Center currently occupies space in the Martin Luther King Recreation Center at 2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue. At times, the Older Adult Center is able to utilize some of the Rec Center spaces to expand its offerings. However, attendance numbers are limited and the availability of programs for older adults is constrained by the needs of the Rec Center. In order to more fully serve the older adult constituency in this neighborhood, SMP has designed a new building to house only the Older Adult Center and its programs. The new Center will be constructed directly across the street, providing continuity for those currently served in the Rec Center.

  • In Progress Poe Valley State Park Office

    Poe Valley State Park is located in the “Seven Mountains” area in the heart of the 198,000-acre Bald Eagle State Forest in Central Pennsylvania. The 620-acre park landscape consists of steep forested hillsides and is centered on the 25-acre man-made Poe Lake fed by Big Poe Creek. A new Park Office building will provide for visitor contact and park administration and will be visible as one enters the park on the existing loop drive. The entrance lobby is glazed to allow for views into the main visitor contact point within the structure. The new building takes material cues from the nearby the Poe Valley Beach House, with fiber cement lap siding and a sandstone base. The entrance canopy and lobby feature exposed wood structural elements, harvested sustainably from Pennsylvania’s forests.

  • In Progress Bald Eagle State Park - Office and Environmental Learning Center

    Bald Eagle State Park is a 5,900 acre park located in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of north central Pennsylvania. A 1,730-acre lake laps the flanks of Bald Eagle Mountain and is surrounded by forests, fields and wetlands. The existing park office was constructed in 1970 and requires renovation and expansion to support park operations, while accommodating outreach to the public. The project includes the renovation of the existing building and construction of a new two story addition, where the upper level corresponds to the existing floor level. The new Environmental Learning Center spaces will better serve park visitors and environmental education staff with an improved education room, offices, and outdoor space. The design of the building responds to the natural beauty of the park and reflects the architectural character of recent park construction.

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

  • 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 Transforming Urban Schoolyards

    2012 (Workshop)

    The Community Design Collaborative’s Transforming Urban Schoolyards Design Charrette brought together school- and community-based groups, design professionals, and public agencies to collaborate on design concepts for two public schoolyards. The two are intended to serve as models for schools throughout the city to transform their schoolyards into environmentally responsible amenities. SMP led the multidisciplinary volunteer team to research, establish precedents, document existing conditions, and guide teams during the charrette. Design professionals, students, parents, teachers, community partner organizations, and representatives from three public agencies – Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Water Department and Philadelphia City Planning Commission - participated on each charrette team.

  • 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

Bloomsburg University

City of Philadelphia

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Fairmount Park Conservancy

French International School of Philadelphia

General Services Administration (GSA)

Germantown Friends School

Lincoln University

Masonic Home of New Jersey

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

National Park Service

Natural Lands Trust

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

Rutgers University

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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