May 11th, 2015
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.
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!:
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:
April 3rd, 2015
“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, LLCArchitects 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/
February 6th, 2015
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:
December 19th, 2014
December 18th, 2014
The AIA Philadelphia is asking you to vote for your favorite buildings in the city. We’d be very grateful if you would consider voting for VSBA’s Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music!
Before January 9, please email Elizabeth Paul, Director of Communications, at to say:
Dear Ms. Paul,
I’d like to vote for the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall as my favorite Philly building!
Projects that receive enough votes will be featured in a promo video for the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. For more information on voting, see: http://aiaphiladelphia.org/news/whats-your-favorite-philly-building-or-structure.
And for information on the building, check out VSBA.com’s project page: http://www.vsba.com/projects/curtis-institute-of-music-lenfest-hall/
Thank you so much for your help and support!
November 25th, 2014
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. This is demolition of the existing health center on the site.
September 19th, 2014
We’ve broken ground on Philadelphia’s new Health and Literacy Center!
Here’s a photo from yesterday’s event. From left to right: En Jung Kim, Chase Community Equity; CHOP board member Lynne Garbose; Brian Hudson, Commonwealth Cornerstone Group; John Grady, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC); CHOP president Madeline Bell; Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter; CHOP patient Courtney Simmons; CHOP chief executive officer Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.; Councilman Kenyatta Johnson; Senator Larry Farnese; Representative Jordan Harris; CHOP associate medical director of primary care, Lisa Biggs, M.D and Siobhan A. Reardon, president, Free Library of Philadelphia.
Here’s a link to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s press release: http://www.chop.edu/news/chop-and-city-philadelphia-break-ground-health-and-literacy-center#.VJnnwl4M_KM
Here’s an article about the groundbreaking from Philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140919_Joint_library__health_and_rec_center_coming_to_S__Phila_.html
And for more information on the project, check out VSBA’s project page, http://www.vsba.com/projects/community-health-and-literacy-center/
September 12th, 2014
For more information on the project, see VSBA’s website: http://www.vsba.com/projects/south-philadelphia-family-care-center/
Note: the RSVP for the groundbreaking ceremony is today, Friday, September 12th.
July 3rd, 2014
June 23rd, 2014
Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music has been honored by the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia! It has won an inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Award for Excellence.
The music education and student residence hall was named a “truly exemplary” project. “A unique combination of both public and private uses, it incorporates the first dedicated housing for students at what is probably the top music school in the country,” concluded the award jurors.
ULI Philadelphia is “a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities.”
Thank you so much, ULI Philadelphia — and congratulations to Curtis and our design team!
For more information, see ULI Philadelphia’s press release: http://philadelphia.uli.org/news/awardswinners/
May 6th, 2014
VSBA recent completed an exciting planning project for Wellesley College. We worked closely with the College to develop a program plan that consolidated a number of ongoing studies.
For campus photos, drawings, and a full description, check out our project page: http://www.vsba.com/projects/wellesley-college-consolidated-program-planning/
February 6th, 2014
VSBA’s renovations and additions to the Allentown Art Museum have been featured as a Design Profile in the AIA’s Context magazine.
Check it out: http://issuu.com/aia_philadelphia/docs/context_issuu/32
November 12th, 2013
For all our friends and colleagues, we have an important announcement:
After 26 years at 4236 Main Street, Nancy Rogo Trainer has left VSBA to become Drexel University’s Associate Vice President of Design and Planning!
“The opportunity to work for a rapidly changing institution in the city I love most is a once-in-a-career opportunity, and I’m looking forward to my new role. Still, I’ll miss the people and projects of VSBA, and will always be grateful to Bob Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, the late Steven Izenour, and colleagues and clients too numerous to mention. Dan McCoubrey, president and principal of VSBA, LLC, has my eternal admiration for his talent and integrity, and my thanks for his collegiality and friendship. There isn’t another architecture firm in the world I’d rather work for.”
While we’ll miss her very much, please join us in wishing her all the best in her new career!
President and Principal
October 28th, 2013
Traditional-Building.com features VSBA’s renovation of Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute:
July 2nd, 2013
Fay House of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard is the country’s oldest LEED certified building!
VSBA completed a major renovation of the building in June 2012, and it was LEED Gold certified in April 2013. According to the US Green Building Council, in addition to being the oldest LEED certified building in the United States, Fay House is the second oldest in the world.
July 1st, 2013
We’re happy to announce that 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania has given the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall a 2013 Commonwealth Award, one of thirteen granted statewide!
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is an alliance promoting smart growth throughout the state. Lenfest Hall was honored as a Community Institution Project for contributing to its neighborhood and the City of Philadelphia.
For more information on 10,000 Friends, see their website.
And you can learn all about Lenfest Hall via its project page at VSBA.com.
June 13th, 2013
VSBA has designed a signage system for the West Jersey Time Traveler Initiative — an exciting blend of technology and graphics highlighting a number of historical sites around Cumberland County, New Jersey.
Each sign provides a QR code linking to an interpretive podcast for that particular site. Just scan with a smartphone or other device. Our signs have been installed at fifteen historical locations– including residence, a bank, a church, and a shul. And the signage template was design to be applied easily to other sites in the future.
Recently completed, the project has been won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and was presented as a case study at the New Jersey History and Historical Preservation Conference. For more information, see VSBA’s project page. And also check out Cumberland County’s website for background and podcasts on the featured locations.