Welcome to 314 Fitzwater Street! In this 1989 Gardner/Fox made the most of an empty 15-foot-wide Center City lot. We constructed an entire four story home, which included three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, and three fireplaces! The construction also included a roof deck and garage. The brilliant design maximized the space of the home interior with efficient room layout and stair design.

Before – 15 Foot Wide Lot

After – 4 Story Family Home

 

Every year, Remodeling magazine surveys the nations full-service remodelers, contractors, restorations firms, and franchises, ranking them based on growth and total revenue. The favorable economic conditions and strong growth of the construction community were proven with the record high revenues of 2016.  Gardner/Fox placed 12th out of the top 550 contractors, and was the only firm in Pennsylvania to make the top 25! We’re very proud of our achievements and growth in 2016, and hope to continue the trend for next year!

This week we bring you That Special Look, fresh from 1988.

Gardner/Fox completed a custom interior fit-out of the upscale women’s clothing boutique, and built the interior office space. The project included installation of marble and glass storefront, custom built-in display cabinets, and curved-wall dressing areas.

To keep the excitement of our 30th anniversary going all year long, we’ve decided to take a walk back through our projects over the years. Each week we will be posting a project starting from our very first in 1987, up to the latest and greatest in 2017. We’ve had to make some hard decisions on which project to feature from each year, but we’re sure you’ll enjoy seeing how far we have come! To begin, we bring you Ravers Hair Salon

In 1987 Gardner/Fox debuted our commercial division with the renovation of Ravers Hair Salon in Philadelphia. The project consisted of renovating a second floor ballet studio into an upscale hair and personal care salon. This included creating custom built-in stylist stations, installing hardwood flooring, and installing state of the art Italian shampoo stations.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. one of the Main Line’s oldest and largest construction firms. Throughout its history and growth, the firm has been involved in hundreds of projects in the Philadelphia area and as far away as Washington, D.C. and New York.

Our business, like many small businesses, evolved from a friendship between two ambitious young professionals: Brook Gardner, an engineer from Virginia, and Mark Fox, an architect from Kentucky. The two future partners became close friends while they simultaneously lived in and gut-renovated their fixer-upper townhouse shells on the same block in the Queens Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. They discovered a common interest and passion for designing and renovating spaces, and wanted to share that passion with others. In spring of 1987, Gardner/Fox was born.

Gardner/Fox has successful operations both commercially and residentially due to the same core principles that we adhere to regardless of the project. We aim to provide the best service possible to our clients, partnering with them to bring their vision to life. Regardless of the size and scope of the project, our entire team is dedicated to delivering a perfect project while making the process as simple and easy as possible.

As a result of this approach, Gardner/Fox has earned recognition both locally and nationally for excellence, and has been featured in publications such as Philadelphia Home, Philadelphia Business Journal, Main Line Today, Architectural Digest, and Inc 500, as well as on HGTV.

We are thrilled to be celebrating three decades of success. We would like to extend the utmost thanks and appreciation to our employees and staff. Without your hard work and dedication, none of this would be possible. We would also like to thank our industry associates and vendors for their loyalty and service over the years.

Most importantly, we would like to thank our clients for allowing us to build their homes and businesses. We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with legendary service synonymous with the Gardner/Fox name.

Gardner/Fox has started the renovation of the new Maserati of the Main Line Service Center. The first portion of this renovation is the customer service center. This area will receive all new finishes, including furniture and lighting. It will serve as a waiting area for new customers who are having service done to their cars, as well as where the service writers will sit.

The massive 7 bay garage in the back of the building will also be renovated. Aside from the new finishes and lighting, Gardner/Fox will be raising the ceiling height of the over all structure to accommodate the newly installed car lifts in each bay. Additionally, Gardner/Fox will also be installing low energy high speed doors at the entrance of each bay.

Stop by and see the renovation in progress!

Gardner/Fox helped 3D Auto Body and Collision Centers design their newest location in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The state-of-the-art facility will provide service for cars in need repair using technology developed in Italy by Symach. “The Symach shop employs technology that dramatically reduces drying times for paint, primer and body filler from almost an hour down to seconds, with paint fully cured in less than a minute.” The Conshohocken location is the largest Symach shop in North America.Symach Machine

Needless to say, this one of a kind system needs a lot of space to work, and Gardner/Fox  helped redesign the aging 30,000 sq. ft. former manufacturing facility into a place for 3D Auto Body to call home. The transformation began with the lobby and reception area in the front of the warehouse. The 6,000 sq. ft. office space was designed with the customer in mind, including an all new reception desk, waiting area, offices, and employee break room.The massive 24,000 sq. ft. warehouse area was designed to hold not only the Symach paint and repair system, but also a car wash, offices, parts department, and auto body repair bays. Part of the Symach system is the careful attention to the path a car will take during repairs, transitioning from car wash to planning station to repair bays and finally the paint system. This project required an intricate network of mechanical, electrical and plumbing connections at each station, and the Gardner/Fox team worked with the equipment manufacturers to determine the most efficient layout. 

As 3D says, “The Future is Here.” The 26 bay facility is now open for business, so stop by and see what the fuss is about. You can check out 3D Auto Body’s website, here, to learn more about their services.

Just as a recap: The Natural Lands Trust was recently granted ownership of the Haas’ Estate in Villanova and has started on the path to creating a public garden. Gardner/Fox began construction to make this new public space a reality. You can read more about the entire project here.

Big things are happening at Stoneleigh!

First things first, tennis courts on the back of the property have been removed, and in their place, we are installing a shelter for the use of future guests.

Work on the pool/pool house is almost complete. The pool itself has been emptied, demolished, and filled in. The previous pool house, which has also been demolished down to the footprint, is being built into a new visitors facility/restroom. Guests will be able to find information about the gardens and estate, as well as maps for the paths.

The work on the carriage house is underway. We’ve begun by installing energy efficient windows and doors. The building will receive new siding as well as repairs to the stone exterior. The second floor of the carriage house will be re-purposed as an administrative office and apartment. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Haas’ Estate or the Natural Lands Trust, you can visit their website here.

We’ve broken ground on another project in the city of brotherly love: Cerulean Arts! The art gallery recently acquired the building next door. We’ll be creating a new and updated gallery, more than double its original size.

During the renovation the gallery will receive new mechanical systems, lighting fixtures, and bathrooms. We will also be constructing a new workroom in the back of the building, and relocating the existing stairs. Finally, new store front glass will be installed, as well as new windows and doors which will allow for more natural light.

Cerulean Arts has exhibited the work of over 100 artists in the last 10 years. Not only do they exhibit art, they sell particular pieces and hold classes for anyone interested on honing their artistic skills. To learn more about the studio and owners, you can visit their website here or stop by and meet Tina!

Welcome to the new Audi Service Center in Conshohocken! Gardner/Fox transformed this storage facility into a state-of-the-art service and pre-owned sales facility for MMCO’s Audi dealership.The interior of this storage facility was demolished, as well as the offices in the front of the building. The facility received new mechanical equipment, electrical systems, light safety devices, lighting, and plumbing during the renovation.  The new 13,012 square foot service and sales center is now complete with new offices, service facility, boutique, customer reception area, and lounge.

In the customer reception area, glass walls were installed to create a bright and open space with plenty of natural light. This wall also gives a full view of the service reception area, from the lounge. Another notable feature of the renovation was the installation of the energy-efficient high-speed garage doors. These will allow the service area to maintain a more comfortable climate for employees and customers, reduce the heating and air conditioning cost, and improve the speed of service.

This sleek new dealership is now open, and ready for business. Head down to Audi of Conshohocken and check it out. If you are interested in renovating your dealership or are interested in learning more about how Gardner/Fox can help you, please call us at 610-525-8305.