PLANNING + FEASIBILITY 

STUDIES

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ARCHITECT: ARCHITECT: CLAFLEN ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS + PLANNERS
COMPLETED: MARCH 2017
ROLE: SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

 

 

Through several board meetings, site visits, and analysis of the existing building and neighborhood, a program and masterplan was created to accommodate three separate congregations on the organization’s two sites. Since the site in Chinatown also serves as a community center, the challenge was in balancing open space for outdoor activity, while providing enough programmed space for the expanding congregation at present and its future. This study included researching nearby properties in the neighborhood for possible expansion, with an  in-depth Chinatown Community site analysis. A final 80-page booklet with the neighborhood analysis, and two schemes for each site were developed to schematic level, but with much detail to code, accessibility, and structural feasibility.

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SAMPLING GRAPHICS FROM FEASIBILITY STUDY

DISCLAIMER: DRAWINGS, RENDERINGS AND PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF CLAFLEN ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS+PLANNERS

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EXPANSION FEASIBILITY

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ARCHITECT: CLAFLEN ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS + PLANNERS
COMPLETED: MARCH 2017
ROLE: SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

 

 

Sampling graphics from a planning proposal for expansion to an existing building and site for a proposed addition

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DISCLAIMER: DRAWINGS, RENDERINGS AND PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF CLAFLEN ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS + PLANNERS

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE EXPANSION

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PLANNING STUDIO PROJECT
COMPLETED: SIXTH YEAR STUDIO
ROLE: SOLE DESIGNER

 

The project included urban design, planning and architectural design in relocating the College of Media Arts and Design into one building. In selecting this design massing and height, the building becomes a landmark building for the university on this stretch of Market Street. It is one of the first buildings that is seen by those visiting the campus by car and utilizing the parking garage at 34th and Market Street, as well as for those coming to campus from West Philadelphia. 

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In the new building, a museum open to the public is housed on the ground level and a restaurant on the top floor is located at an elevation of 120 feet with a view toward center city. The site is designed with a public outdoor space that is a creative campus within a campus for both its users and the neighborhood.

The URBN building’s expansion in the vacant parking lot to the east was accomplished by relocating the main entrance to the new building and cutting strategic openings in the existing east wall to connect to the URBN building’s circulation routes. Filbert Street to the rear of the URBN building was closed off as a pedestrian way for both safety purposes and for unifying the school’s Annex building in the rear, giving it a creative campus environment. 

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  EXISTING URBN CENTER ANNEX

  • FORMER DAY CARE CENTER

  • NEWLY ADAPTED TO HOUSE THEATER PROGRAM FOR ANTOINETTE WESTPHAL COLLEGE OF MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN

  • ALREADY HAS A BLACK BOX THEATER AND SCREENING ROOM

  • ART GALLERY FOR TRAVELING EXHIBITS 

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  PROPOSAL

  • DEMO PARTS OF THE EXISTING ART GALLERY

  • ADD NEW ENTRANCE AT CURRENT LOCATION OF EAST GARDEN

  • NEW ENTRANCE AREA WILL CONNECT UNDERGROUND TO NEW   BUILDING WHERE A PORTION OF THE STUDIO RECORDING SPACES WILL BE HOUSED

  • CONNECTS TO NEW BUILDING ON SECOND STORY VIA A SKY BRIDGE

  • SECONDARY EGRESS OFF NORTHWEST BUILDING CORNER (4)

  • UPPER STORIES WILL HOUSE ADDITIONAL TV/CINEMA & THEATER PROGRAM

  • BY NOT SEGREGATING PROGRAMS TO PARTICULAR FLOORS ENTIRELY,  IT FORCES THE PROGRAMS’ STUDENTS TO INTERMINGLE AND SHARE SPACES  

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A main atrium with ramps and stairs was designed to address the steep grade difference from the front of the property line to the rear and also as a space for people to see and be seen. A sky-walk above Filbert Street connects the buildings at the upper levels, where the photography and theater programs are housed. In the new building that fronts Market Street the larger spaces that are required for the art, music and dance programs were located here because of the ample vertical volumes and day-lighting. As a much taller building to the original URBN building the addition sets back from the edge so as not diminish the infamous facade and architecture. 

DISCLAIMER: DRAWINGS, RENDERINGS AND PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF MARIBETH RENTSCHLER