Fashion District of Philadelphia

The redevelopment of Philadelphia’s Gallery Mall is a large renovation that encompasses multiple buildings and spans three city blocks in Center City. When complete it will be the “largest cohesive retail project in downtown Philadelphia.” ..

The redevelopment of Philadelphia’s Gallery Mall is a large renovation that encompasses multiple buildings and spans three city blocks in Center City. When complete it will be the “largest cohesive retail project in downtown Philadelphia.”

Keast & Hood has been familiar with the Gallery site since 1980 in which the firm provided structural design for the construction of the new J.C. Penney store on 10th and Market streets. The firm’s long-term knowledge of the multiple structures that make up the Gallery was extremely valuable in this top to bottom redesign. The Gallery complex is composed of seven structurally independent sections, and the level of structural modification varies in each section. The renovation will transform the space from an enclosed, subterranean shopping and transit center to a major destination for retail and entertainment in Philadelphia. A new main entrance will provide a contemporary welcoming area for the renovated site.

Keast & Hood is providing structural design for the new feature main entrance as well as modifications to the structural frame in each segment of the building complex for a more open and easy to circulate space. Modifications include the removal or replacement of members, reinforcement or other modifications to carry new or different loads, and frames for new floor openings or to close existing penetrations. Structural design for the support of new exterior wall systems and interior stairs was also included as well as design for the support of primary mechanical equipment such as air handlers, boilers, chillers, cooling towers, elevators and escalators.

CLIENT: JPRA Architects
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

TYPE: Commercial, SERVICES: Renovation, MATERIALS: SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Construction project photography © Jeffrey Totaro, 2017

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