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Project Information
Project 1 at a Glance
  Client: Free Public Library of Philadelphia: Independence Branch
Architect: Urban Consultants Inc
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Project Description
  This renovation of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. took place within unused auditorium space within the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies at 7th and Market St. This project featured innovative uses of certain finishes and lighting including “cloud” acoustical ceilings, “curvature” metal ceiling systems, dramatic colored carpet tile, a Chinese mural wall and all new furniture. In addition, another interesting feature of this facility is that the computer system within the library is available for use in English and Chinese language. This competitively bid project was completed on time, within budget and helps to serve a Philadelphia community previously lacking in local library facilities.
Project 2 at a Glance
  Client: Free Public Library of Philadelphia:  Haddington Branch
Architect: George Yu Architects
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Project Description
  This challenging project consisted of a complete renovation to a 1900’s building. Exterior restoration work included the cleaning and re-pointing of the façade and select replacement of arched windows at the first floor and all windows at the Basement Level. The Library was made handicap accessible with the addition of a new ground level entrance and two (2) stop hydraulic elevator.
Interior renovations included a total demolition and fit-out of the basement including Activities Room, Staff Offices, and Toilet Rooms. The first level was reconfigured to accommodate the new Elevator, Work Room, and new Toilet Room. In addition, the plaster walls and ceilings of the main Library Rooms was repaired prior to the installation of new finishes. Existing chandeliers and furnishings were removed prior to construction and were restored and re-finished for re-installation.
A new heating and cooling system was installed, along with a new electrical service.