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Berean Presbyterian Church

Situated in the middle of North Philadelphia, adjacent to Temple University’s main campus, the Berean Presbyterian Church maintains a strong presence. The historically significant building consists of a Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall built in the late 1800s. Berean’s space can support a congregation of 800, but its numbers have dwindled over time and much of their space is currently underutilized. The Collaborative’s design grant helped Berean conceptualize a transformation of the Church into a community hub focused on youth development. The proposed design offers spaces for learning, worship, gathering, and celebrating, accommodating programs such as summer camps, skills training and computer labs. The design elegantly modernizes the structure and functionality of the site with exterior green gathering spaces, inviting entryways, flexible spaces, and accessibility throughout, all while maintaining its historical presence.

Volunteer Design Team

Alex Bruce

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Architect, Registered

"Design isn’t something we impose upon a community. It’s more about uncovering the identity and potential of a place."

Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alyssa Dieter

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Cost Estimator
Torcon, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carolyn Campbell

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Landscape Architect, Registered

"Design helps to provide visioning for a community. This visioning helps to excite a community about possibilities in shared public spaces."

Studio CCLA
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chad Boardman

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Architect, Registered
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daniel Greenfield

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Structural Engineer
Thornton Tomasetti
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emily Galfond

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Architect, Intern
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jessica Schell

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Architectural Designer
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kyle Root

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Structural Engineer
Thornton Tomasetti
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Matthew Walker

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Structural Engineer
Thornton Tomasetti
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael Kimmey

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Urban Designer
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nando Micale

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Architect, Registered
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Quincy Ikler

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Architectural Designer

Design is an important part of the revitalization process because, often times, members of a community know that they want to improve their community, but they don't know how to implement those ideas. Design helps to put those ideas into physical drawings and forms.

Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ricky Jimenez

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Architectural Designer
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sumaiya Mehjabeen

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Architect, Intern
Looney Ricks Kiss
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Suzanna Barucco

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Preservationist

"'Design' may be something that not everybody fully understands, but the quality of our environment has an impact on all of us."

sbk + partners, LLC
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Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Zoe Cennami

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Architect, Intern
Looney Ricks Kiss
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Berean: Conceptual Design for Creating a Community Hub
Sponsoring Nonprofit
Temple University
Address
2101 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Neighborhood
North Central
Lower North Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
841
Value of Pro Bono Services
$77,830
Design Grant Completed
November 11, 2019
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