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Fourth Round of Design Grants Awarded for 2015

The visitors center and archives has outgrown the space within the Laurel Hill Cemetery gatehouse.

The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants.

With help from the Collaborative, Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery will choose the best site for a proposed visitor’s center and archival facility. The Collaborative provide Laurel Hill information on the space it will need to expand educational programming and research resources, and conduct a visual review of candidate sites.

Neumann Goretti High School wants to activate its facility’s spaces (both inside and out) to attract more students, serve the student community better, and act as a community hub. The Collaborative will provide this co-ed college preparatory school in South Philadelphia with a conceptual design to guide interior and exterior improvements.

The Collaborative will help the Southwest Community Development Corporation test the feasibility of redeveloping several vacant city-owned parcels as affordable housing.  The Collaborative will also create a conceptual design for the housing based on the feasibility study. The CDC wants to redevelop the parcels to strengthen an already stable neighborhood and create a neighborhood gateway.

Finally, the Collaborative will be working with the William Way LGBT Community Center on preliminary design services to renovate and rejuvenate its Center City facility. The Collaborative will prepare a programming study and conceptual design to show how the center can make the most of its site through expansion or the reorganization of its  existing space.  

The Collaborative’s Design Grants program offers grants of pro bono preliminary design services that respond to the needs of nonprofits and neighborhoods in greater Philadelphia. Our design services to nonprofits are provided by teams of skilled volunteers that may include architects, landscape architects, preservationists, interior designers, urban planners, engineers, and cost estimators. Learn more about Design Grants.

Removing an unfriendly fence is just one of the improvements envisioned for Neumann Goretti HS.


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