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Southwest Community Development Corporation

The Graves - MEE - Mercy Douglass Community Wellness Center is proposed as a multi-use, eco-friendly wellness center to serve the community of Southwest Philadelphia. The Collaborative worked with multiple client groups who formed a public-private partnership to pursue the creation of the Center. As this area faces pressures to change and develop, the partners set a goal towards “gentrification from within” meaning that this proposed development would support the existing community rather than displace them. The Collaborative’s design grant included a space programming study, preliminary code reviews, an economic feasibility study, and recommendations for funding and revenue strategies. The proposed design envisions educational spaces, performance and event space, coworking and maker spaces, a community kitchen, retail space, offices, and affordable housing with a green roof.

Volunteer Design Team

Elizabeth Saleh

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Architectural Designer
MGA Partners, Architects
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ethan Knopsnider

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Architect, Intern
MGA Partners, Architects
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Design, and including communities in design, helps create buy in within revitalizing communities, resulting in a better, more human-centric place for those who live there."

Econsult Solutions, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Julie Morningstar

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Architect, Registered

"Good design should give communities a chance to come together and discuss their goals before the change happens."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marguerite Hollander

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Architectural Designer

"Design is an important part of revitalizing communities, inspiring individuals, and enlivening physical spaces."

MGA Partners, Architects
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sara Pettit

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Architect, Registered

"I have learned so much from my teammates, the wonderful folks at the Collaborative, and the clients. I have connected with people that I might not have been able to meet otherwise."

MGA Partners, Architects
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Graves - MEE - Mercy Douglass Community Wellness Center: Programming and Feasibility Study
Sponsoring Nonprofit
Evelyn Graves Christian Academy
Address
5040 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Neighborhood
Kingsessing
Southwest Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
231
Value of Pro Bono Services
$30,770
Design Grant Completed
October 16, 2019
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