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Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / MSR Design

  • 01:00 - 1 December, 2010
Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / MSR Design
Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    5101 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19112, United States
  • Principal In Charge

    Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA
  • Interior Designer

    Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
  • Area

    285000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers

    Ceilings, Creative Architectural Metals, Custom Fabrications, GAF, Glazing Concepts, Hope's Windows, Ludowici Roof Tile, Masonry Preservation Group, National Glass & Metal, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Patrini & Sons, Seaquay Architectural Millwork, St. Cloud Windows, Stanley Hardware, United States Roofing Corporation
  • Project Manager

    Josh Stowers, AIA, LEED AP
  • On Site Representation, Associate Architects

    H2L2 Architects Planners, LLC
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineers

    Paul H. Yeomans, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    Meyer, Borgman, and Johnson, Inc.
  • Civil Engineer

    Advanced GeoServices
  • Lighting

    Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
  • Detailing Consultant

    Jim Larson
  • Renderings

    Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
  • Client

    Urban Outfitters, Inc
  • Total Construction Cost

    $100 million
  • General Contractor

    Blue Rock Construction, Inc.
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Lara Swimmer Photography
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From the architect. Located at the confluence of the Delaware and schuylkill Rivers, the Navy Yard served as a ship building and repair facility from 1868 through 1996. Decommissioned, it’s 187 buildings were abandoned. in 2004, the 1,000-acre National Historic District was master planned for redevelopment an evolution from public ownership to private use.

Plans Phases 1-3
Plans Phases 1-3

Campus Phases Section Phase 4 Plan Phase 4 Elevation + Section Phase 1 +48

When Urban Outfitters, inc., first considered the site, the existing structures were dilapidated. Despite the decay, the soul of the Navy Yard spoke to the company’s founder, Dick Hayne. He purchased four historic buildings, with an option on one, that were constructed from 1880 through 1939.

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Project

Urban Outfitters, a clothing and housewares retailer, was the first major non-ship building corporation to move to the Navy Yard.  The design including building documentation and renovation was completed within 23 months. Using the Federal Historic PreservationTax incentive Program,the client invested over $100 million in the 285,000 square-foot project.

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Section Phase 4
Section Phase 4

Outcome

The buildings once operated to produce naval vessels, alternating between construction, repair, and even scrapping decommissioned ships.The design centers on utilizing the factory characteristics of the buildings industrial materiality, open volumes, and access to daylight to repurpose the buildings’ major function from production to creativity. The synthesis of four measures art, culture, economy, and environment results in the transformation from a public, production based yard to a private, creativity based one.

© Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

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© Lara Swimmer Photography

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