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Congratulations to Denise and Bob for receiving the AIA Gold Medal this past weekend!

May 25th, 2016

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Denise and Bob were officially awarded the AIA’s highest honor at this year’s national Convention. To view the AIA’s video tribute, click here!

Grand Opening!

May 10th, 2016

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Here it is! — VSBA is delighted to announce the grand opening of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center!

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20160510_South_Philly_center_combines_health__literacy__recreation.html

South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 4/15/16

April 15th, 2016

Throughout construction of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed: http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/.  And here’s where we are so far:

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South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 3/25/16

March 25th, 2016

Throughout construction of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed: http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/.  And here’s where we are so far:

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View from Broad and Morris Streets

2016 03.25.16 FCC Construction 06B - Broad and Castle

View from Broad and Castle Streets

Dan Discusses Philly’s Urban Grid

March 22nd, 2016

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Here’s an interesting article on Philadelphia’s grid layout in today’s Guardian:  “Story of cities #7: Philadelphia grid marks birth of America’s urban dream.”

VSBA president and principal Dan McCoubrey talks about the grid system’s virtues and flexibility.

 

 

Urbanland Covers CHOP Project

March 1st, 2016

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Urbanaland — the magazine of the Urban Land Institute — has published a great article on our work for CHOP and the City of Philadelphia!

http://urbanland.uli.org/industry-sectors/health-new-wealth-bringing-better-health-outcomes-south-philadelphia/

Bob and Denise win the Gold Medal!

December 3rd, 2015

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Tremendous congratulations to Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi for winning the 2016 AIA Gold Medal!

Bob and Denise are the first partnership to ever win the prize, and Denise is the first living woman to receive the award.

Here’s the AIA’s official press release and articles in Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, and Dezeen.

Image by Frank Hanswijk

In The News: VSBA’s South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center

November 12th, 2015

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VSBA’s South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center is getting a lot of press lately!:

Here’s a study and review of project, just released by the Build Healthy Places Network: http://buildhealthyplaces.org/community-health-and-literacy-center-south-philadelphia-pa

And from the same site, here’s an article highlighting the collaboration between CHOP and the City of Philadelphia: http://www.buildhealthyplaces.org/collaborate-easier-said-than-done-leaders-on-how-they-made-it-happen/

South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 11/6/15

November 6th, 2015

Throughout construction of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed: http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/.  And here’s where we are so far:

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Curtainwall installation is underway along Broad Street. Brick is also going up fast!

VSBA @ Design on the Delaware

November 4th, 2015

As part of the AIA Philadelphia’s Design on the Delaware, Dan McCoubrey and Seth Cohen gave a tour of our South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center:

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Image courtesy of Brooks E. Brooks and Associates.

Vanna Venturi House Is Timeless!

November 2nd, 2015

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Congratulations to the Vanna Venturi House for winning the AIA Pennsylvania’s 50 YEAR / 2015 TIMELESS AWARD!

Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 8/4/15

August 4th, 2015

Throughout construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed: http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/.  And here’s where we are so far:

A view from the northeast corner of Broad and Morris Streets

A view from the northeast corner of Broad and Morris Streets

The roof superstructure is complete -- and offers a great view of Center City

The roof superstructure is complete — and offers a great view of Center City

A view from the southeast corner of Broad and Castle Streets

A view from the southeast corner of Broad and Castle Streets

Bob Venturi Turns 90!

June 25th, 2015

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Happy 90th birthday to Bob Venturi! Viva Bob!

Photo by Ingrid von Kruse

Introducing David Hatton

May 11th, 2015

Introducing David Hatton

VSBA welcomes our new partner, David Hatton, AIA, NCARB. While participating in a range of VSBA’s projects, David will be leading our marketing and business development.

In addition to campus master planning and the design of classroom and science buildings, David specializes in the creation of campus centers and student life buildings. At colleges and universities across the country, he has collaborated with academic administrators, teachers, staff, and students to understand their needs and shape their educational environments.

David has led the planning and design of over 50 campus and dining center projects. His clients have included Virginia Tech, Penn State, the University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, the University of Iowa, the University of Mary Washington, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Community College of Philadelphia, and many other schools.

David is also experienced with the planning and design of student residences, for which his clients have included Saint Joseph’s University, Rowan University, East Carolina University, Marist College, and many SUNY campuses.

David frequently publishes and speaks at national conferences, sharing his experience in design for academic campuses.

“An innovation designed to make whole families healthier…”

April 23rd, 2015

6ABC has done this great feature on the Community Health and Literacy Center for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia​ and City of Philadelphia. Check it out!:

Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 4/9/15

April 9th, 2015

Throughout construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed: http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/.  And here’s where we are so far:

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Drilling piles in the basement area

 

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Digging trenches for concrete foundation

 

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Steel reinforcement for concrete footings

 

Hidden History

April 3rd, 2015

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“The James Hamilton Windrim-designed Southern Home For Destitute Children, 1896. Courtesy of Historical Images of Philadelphia: the Print and Picture Collection at The Free Library of Philadelphia”

“The Community Health and Literacy Center is slated to open in December of this year at Broad and Morris on the former site of the Southern Home for Destitute Children orphanage. The 96,000 square foot, $42.5 million center, designed by VSBA, LLC​Architects and Planners, is a partnership between the Children’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia​ and the City of Philadelphia….”

Hidden City Philadelphia​ has a great article about our work and the fascinating history of the site: http://hiddencityphila.org/2015/04/with-new-center-coming-remembering-the-southern-home-for-destitute-children/

More info on our project is available at http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/

President Dan McCoubrey — FAIA!

February 6th, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to president and principal Dan McCoubrey — a 2015 Fellow of the AIA!

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Community Health & Literacy Center: Construction Update (1/7/15)

January 7th, 2015

Throughout construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed: http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center.  And here’s where we are so far:

Earthwork is underway

Earthwork is underway

 

Augercast pile installation is ongoing

Augercast pile installation is ongoing

 

Stormwater detention basin is being installed

Stormwater detention basin is being installed

Happy Holidays from VSBA!

December 19th, 2014

Happy Holidays from VSBA!