Ten Creations from Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC

August 22, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival

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Erdy McHenry Architecture is an award-winning firm located in the heart of Northern Liberties. We believe that architecture is capable of shaping our urban fabric and that public architecture, in particular, can shape the attitudes of an entire community, if not society as a whole. We invite you to tour our studio, view on-going work, network with colleagues and meet our staff over refreshments. Visit them on the web here:  www.em-arc.com

Scroll below to see ten creations from Erdy McHenry, honoring the firm and a decade of design.

EM recently completed the EVO Tower, which will extend the Cira skyline on the western bank of the Schuylkill River with this 500,000 sf, 865-Bed Mixed Use Housing project.  The social infrastructure at EVO is encouraged and sustained in a manner similar to William Penn’s four imagined public squares for the city which were set aside for physical recreation and intellectual discourse.  By introducing community lounges that connect multiple floors, flexible boundaries are introduced that enable a diversity of scale that goes beyond a single unit or a specific floor. 

The Courtyard Philadelphia South, located on Rouse Boulevard in the heart of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, opened in January 2014 and is a LEED Certified project that investigates the narrative of an urban typology for a suburban model.

This one-acre green roof which is connected to the EVO Tower, will not only establish a new standard for green roofs in the city of Philadelphia, but it will also create a new high standard for storm water management within the city. The roof will be accessible to the tenants of the residential tower and will also be open for large public events.

Located in in Syracuse, NY, the Campus West mixed-use housing project provides  312 beds over 226,221 sq.ft. with unit types including studios, one bedroom units, and 2-bed/2-bath and 4-bed / 4-bath suites.  The project provides housing for the Syracuse Law School and has amenities that include a leasing office, fitness center, study rooms and a business center / computer lab.

 The Rugers Camden Graduate Student housing project is aimed at boosting on-campus enrollment and revitalizing the city’s downtown. The 12-story building on Cooper Street is the first new student housing in Camden in more than two decades and will bring new energy to this campus and create critical mass which will likely expand to surrounding downtown Camden, encouraging future development.

The Cornell Teaching Dairy Barn is one of the first LEED Certified dairies in the United States.  The project houses a cattle herd of 180 and serves as a functioning dairy that provides hands-on training for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The project received a citation for design from the NY State AIA, a Gold Medal from the Philadelphia AIA and was also featured on the cover of Architectural Record as well as in the pages of Modern Farmer Magazine.

The new headquarters of Verical Screen is located at the former Johnsville Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The building has achieved LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and was the 9th highest scoring building in the world at the time of its completion.  The building deploys a geat deal of technology and is designed to provide an extremely healthy work environments while at the same time begin highly energy efficient.

Completed in 2009, the Piazza at Schmidt’s project has become the keystone in the redevelopment of the Northern Liberties community. Located on a three-acre portion on the south side of the former Schmidt’s Brewery site, this complex is comprised of over 400 modern apartment units, 50,000 sq.ft retail, 35,000 sq. ft. office space, public amenities and the conversion of two vacant former warehouses. At the center of the project is an 80,000 square foot open-air open plaza, fronted by shops, galleries and restaurants.

Completed in January 2013, the Louise Reed Center For Dance is a state-of-the-art facility that establishes a tangible identity for Pennsylvania Ballet on the city’s major arts corridor.  The project includes three large dance studios and a fourth studio dedicated to the school.  In addition to the dance studios, Phase I incorporates office/administration space for the Pennsylvania Ballet as well as locker rooms and a new wardrobe facility which will offer ample space for the maintenance and storage of costumes.

 In suburban office parks across the country there lies a vast inventory of abandoned and underutilized office buildings whose useful life is thought to have expired.  With this project, 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. 

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