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Constructed in the late 19th century, the Chestnut Hill Waterworks is the country’s first metropolitan water system, and is noted for the quality of its architecture, engineering, landscape design and urban planning. GUND provided adaptive reuse plans to convert the decommissioned public works buildings into unique multifamily residences and a public museum.
The three historic buildings comprising the Waterworks complex sit on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Creating residential units within each of the buildings presented unique design opportunities. Challenges included maintaining historic facades and designing functional units that fit within the existing parameters.
A portion of the former High Service Pump Station was preserved as a public museum showcasing the landmark water pumps. The Waterworks Museum is dedicated to celebrating the history of the site, water system, public health and environmental awareness. The project is recognized for its innovative combination of public and private uses and is considered a model for the preservation of historic buildings. GUND’s adaptive reuse was honored with a national Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects. Read more about The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill and visit the Waterworks Museum.
Dan Rutledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was project architect at the Waterworks. Please contact Dan for more information.
As part of a development team led by Wexford Science and Technology and Southern Land Development, GUND prepared conceptual designs for a new landmark 26-story residential tower in Philadelphia. The 475,000 square-foot mixed use development is located on the northwest corner of 36th and Market Streets and creates a gateway with a strong sense of identity to the University City district.
Inspired by the spirit of discovery, innovation, energy and vitality that defines the Science Center and University City, the design combines glass-enclosed retail bays on the street level, a precast concrete tower animated by spacious balconies, and a dramatic curtainwall element that enhances the building’s verticality. A roof terrace at the penthouse level provides views over the adjacent 3535 Market Street to City Center beyond.
Read more about the Market Street development.
Dan Rutledge AIA, LEED AP BD+C served as project manager of the Market Street concept design. Contact Dan for more information.