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Torcon was Construction Manager for restoration of the University of Pennsylvania’s Arts, Research, and Culture (ARCH) located on Locust Walk in the center of campus. A major focus of the project was incorporating advanced technology while preserving the historical value of the building and limiting interruption of Locust Walk.

The project included interior renovations, exterior façade restoration and historical preservation. Restoration experts were brought in to ensure the preservation of the late-Gothic revival structure. Windows were removed, restored off-site and reinstalled.

The ground floor has been transformed into a campus hub for three cultural centers, with offices, lounges and study space in an open plan “living room” with built-in banquette seating and glassed-in suites. A new staircase was added for easier access to the cultural centers.

The first floor is home to a large multipurpose room that can be used for seminars or as a lounge. Conference rooms feature up-to-date technology and videoconferencing capabilities. A new indoor café with lounge seating and an outdoor terrace was also created.

The second-floor auditorium is an interactive large lecture classroom for as many as 150 students. A flexible seating system in the auditorium enables its transformation into a performance space, banquet hall or presentation venue.

The top floor is designed for dance or theater rehearsal, with hardwood flooring and a mirrored wall.

Key challenges to the project included installing a code-compliant elevator and adding sufficient MEP infrastructure. An A/C system was added to the building, which it previously did not have. The heating system was improved, sprinklers were added, and IT capabilities were significantly upgraded.

LEED Silver

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University of Pennsylvania

ARCH Building Restoration

Torcon was Construction Manager for restoration of the University of Pennsylvania’s Arts, Research, and Culture (ARCH) located on Locust Walk in the center of campus. A major focus of the project was incorporating advanced technology while preserving the historical value of the building and limiting interruption of Locust Walk.

The project included interior renovations, exterior façade restoration and historical preservation. Restoration experts were brought in to ensure the preservation of the late-Gothic revival structure. Windows were removed, restored off-site and reinstalled.

The ground floor has been transformed into a campus hub for three cultural centers, with offices, lounges and study space in an open plan “living room” with built-in banquette seating and glassed-in suites. A new staircase was added for easier access to the cultural centers.

The first floor is home to a large multipurpose room that can be used for seminars or as a lounge. Conference rooms feature up-to-date technology and videoconferencing capabilities. A new indoor café with lounge seating and an outdoor terrace was also created.

The second-floor auditorium is an interactive large lecture classroom for as many as 150 students. A flexible seating system in the auditorium enables its transformation into a performance space, banquet hall or presentation venue.

The top floor is designed for dance or theater rehearsal, with hardwood flooring and a mirrored wall.

Key challenges to the project included installing a code-compliant elevator and adding sufficient MEP infrastructure. An A/C system was added to the building, which it previously did not have. The heating system was improved, sprinklers were added, and IT capabilities were significantly upgraded.

LEED Silver

Project Details

Client
University of Pennsylvania
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Architect
Saylor Gregg Architects
Key Facts
Construction Management
Historic Restoration
Grand Jury Award - Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
LEED Silver
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