South Philadelphia Community Health & Literacy Center

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia joined with the city to create a new three-story state-of-the-art multi-purpose center, situated at the corner of South Broad and Morris.

The goal of the facility is to provide for both physical wellness and mental wellness. The center includes a primary care practice, a city health clinic, a branch of the Free Library, a recreational facility, an outdoor playground, and enclosed parking for staff.

Design challenges include soft soils, long spans, cantilevers on the upper floors, and vibrations from the adjacent subway station leading to a pile-supported steel frame structure. A portion of the building is designed for overbuild. The site is retained on three sides by 19th century townhouses. LEED Silver certification is anticipated.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia joined with the city to create a new three-story state-of-the-art multi-purpose center, situated at the corner of South Broad and Morris.

The goal of the facility is to provide for both physical wellness and mental wellness. The center includes a primary care practice, a city health clinic, a branch of the Free Library, a recreational facility, an outdoor playground, and enclosed parking for staff.

Design challenges include soft soils, long spans, cantilevers on the upper floors, and vibrations from the adjacent subway station leading to a pile-supported steel frame structure. A portion of the building is designed for overbuild. The site is retained on three sides by 19th century townhouses. LEED Silver certification is anticipated.

CLIENT: VSBA, LLC.
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

TYPE: Healthcare, Laboratory, Landscape, Library, SERVICES: New Construction, MATERIALS: Concrete, Steel, SUSTAINABILITY: LEED, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Finaly photography © VSBA, LLC

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