Have you noticed the holiday shopping advertisements already on T.V.? In the spirit of the giving season, we’ve chosen one of our largest retail projects of 2012!

In Wyncote, PA, Gardner/fox constructed 2 separate 9,500 square-foot retail buildings. The first was a fit-out for Joyce Leslie, a women’s clothing store. This construction included a new manager’s office, storage, and a receiving area, complete with loading dock. On the interior exposed structure ceilings, high-bay lighting, and spiral duct HVAC give the store its own unique look.

The second building was constructed for multiple tenets (including specialty work for Cold Stone Creamery! Mmm!). Each store was built with EIFS exteriors, clear anodized storefront doors and windows, built-up asphalt roofing, and decorative steel awnings. On the interior, each store was complete with acoustic tile ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures, Specialty features for a future Cold Stone Creamery included slab piping, preparing to install their coolers and awesome frozen granite slab top counter!

If you ever find yourself in Wyncote, stop by for some shopping or a frosty treat!

This week we’re bringing you back to the city of Brotherly Love. In 2011 Gardner/Fox worked on quite a few projects in Center City, including Quorum Innovation Center, Energy Plus, and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals!

The first of the three projects, Quorum Innovation Center, is a flexible space used for events, workshops, conferences, and receptions. It’s used by students for studying, start up’s for meetings, companies for brain storming sessions, and basically and use you can think of. The space was designed by UJMN architects, and adopts the characteristics of an urban loft, with flexible spaces that can be expanded or divided for large or small gatherings. These are created by a frameless glass entry system and folding glass panel dividing walls. A few of the cool features are the writeable wall covers, free-form acoustical ceiling panels, and state of the art audio and visual systems with integrated dimming control systems.

The next project was a 17,000 square-foot office fit-out for Energy Plus! Located at 3711 Market Street, the office worked as a support center for the Energy Plus company which provides energy to people from New York, to New Jersey and all the way to Ohio. The general construction of the space included individual offices with glass wall systems, staff lounge, coffee bar, and a large general work area to support workstations in a Call Center and General office support staff. Another interesting feature of the project was the creation of the IT and Data rooms, which included their own HVAC systems, and modifications to the existing building sprinkler systems.

The final project of the year was Avid Radiopharmaceuticals! Avid works to develop new molecular imaging agents, to assist in the management of human diseases, by early detection and new types of therapies. Gardner/Fox completed the interior renovation and expansion of a 14,000 square-foot research and development facility in Philadelphia. This included the fit-out of approximately 9,000 square-feet of new administrative space with new offices, open work areas, meeting rooms, reception area, and an employee lounge. The other 5,000 square-feet of space were considered clinical, and included new labs, a dark room, instrument testing room, a hot lab for the radioactive material testing and development, a quality control room, clean rooms, and a quarantine room! The new space needed new HVAC systems, a nitrogen generator, and an upgraded electrical distribution.

We’ve done a lot in Center City, and the coolest part is that we’re still there! Stay tuned for our newest projects coming in the next few weeks!

Everyone loves Krispy Kreme donuts, they’re known nationally for their bright glowing sign that brings warmth to the heart of any gooey delicious loving customer. In 2010 Gardner/Fox helped bring the love to Philadelphia!

An old Popeye’s restaurant made the perfect home for the first Krispy Kreme! The renovation began with site work, including repaving the parking lot, installing fencing, installing signage, and landscaping the space. Next came the installation of an all-new aluminum roof, as well as storefronts, entrances, and fresh paint and siding.

The entire interior of the space was gutted and reformatted to Krispy Kreme specifications. The work included all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, floor and wall tile, drywall, and acoustical ceilings to create separate spaces for production, a prep kitchen, dining, and retail area. The final step was bringing in the magical production line that makes those legendary donuts!

The franchise has expanded since 2010 but if you stop by at the Fox Chase store, just remember, it was brought to you by Gardner/Fox!

In 2009 Gardner/Fox has another studious year, full of school based renovation and construction projects. The first project was a dormitory addition and over all renovation project at the HMS school in the historic Spruce Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. HMS School provides education and therapeutic programs for both resident and day students, ages 2-21, afflicted with motor impairments or other disability, resulting from cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury. Their campus is comprised of linked facilities including classrooms, dormitories, and physical therapy facilities.

During the project, Gardner/Fox constructed new rooms and a nursing facility on the first floor of an all-new addition. On the second floor, new administrative offices were built, and the existing cafeteria was expanded. Overall renovations to the facility included the installation of a new elevator and a wheelchair charging station! The larger facility gave HMS the space to host more students than before and provide more care to those in need.

Our next project was at The Montgomery School, which is a private elementary and middle school the serves the families of Montgomery County. The combined campus needed a new library and additional space to provide students with updated technology. Gardner/Fox provided the design and construction services to build the school an all-new 18,000 square foot library/Academic center! The new facility was built with classrooms, a vast library, and an all-new technology center (which now includes a 3D printer!). Additional features include a story-time area for lower school children, conference rooms, computer classrooms, lockers, and plenty of space for books!


In 2008 Gardner/Fox built 4 duplex rental homes for The George Woodward Company in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia. Now you may ask yourself “What’s so special about four duplexes in Chestnut Hill?” Well, these houses were the first LEED Platinum certified duplexes in the country. Put simply, these homes are rated on a scale and receive points based on building practices, materials, and products and they received the highest possible level of LEED accreditation. To learn more about grading and standards check out the LEED website here.

Gardner/Fox managed the entire development process for these unique homes. Each was designed to have the smallest carbon footprint possible. A few of the sustainability features include cisterns for rainwater re-use, precast superior wall foundation systems, geothermal heat pump mechanical systems, and super insulation. The homes were built with environmentally friendly materials, sustainably harvested lumber, recycled materials, and locally sourced natural stone.

2007 was a big year for Education in the Gardner/Fox portfolio. We completed 3 very different, yet equally important, projects in the community. This week we decided to showcase all three!

El Centro Comunal Borincano Daycare is a child care facility that helps low-income families in the Camden area by providing childcare, health services, and nutrition counseling. Gardner/Fox built their brand new, state-of-the-art, Martin Luther King Boulevard facility in 2007. The project included complete site development and the construction of a three-story, 16,900 square-foot preschool. The new facility included a commercial kitchen, support offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, and a hydraulic elevator. This location was double the size of their original and gave El Centro the space to help 165 new children in the area.

There is quite an age gap between El Centro and the next project of 2007, The Lang Center at Swarthmore College. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility helps to prepare the students at Swarthmore for public service and advocacy, as well as serves as a meeting space for campus groups. Gardner/Fox provided the center with structural alterations and two new entrance vestibules. Other construction details included all new finishes installed throughout the center, new fire safety systems, new water and sanitary services, and an updated HVAC system for a more comfortable learning atmosphere.

The education trifecta of 2007 is complete with Barnwell Library. During this renovation, Gardner/Fox completed the restoration of the historic high school library at Central High in Philadelphia. The work included the restoration of the historic ceiling and light fixtures, as well as the construction of all new mezzanines, a new technology center, classrooms, and an alumni archival room. The finish details required extensive cherry millwork, to match the original millwork in the space. The most important piece of this renovation was the installation of new 40,000-volume bookshelves, that’s a lot of reading.

In 2006 Gardner/Fox was tasked with a very unusual project involving cutting an existing 35,000 square foot, auto dealership building in half to create 2 independent buildings.  The reason for the separation was to provide two buildings with completely different identities expressed in radically different facades.  The end result was 2 new auto dealerships with 2 new facades, located directly on one of the busiest interstate interchanges in the region; the Willow Grove exit on I-276.

Cutting a building in half is a bit more complicated than cutting a 2 by 4 wood stud in half.  The building structures on both sides of the new 10 foot separation needed to be re-supported with new structure and new exterior walls.  The building mechanical, electrical and sprinkler systems also needed separated with new services to each.

The more straight forward aspect of this multi-phase project was the gut renovation of the two buildings to create to create Audi of Willow Grove and Infiniti of Willow Grove.  Both projects involved installing glass and decorative metal wall cladding systems on the exterior and new customer interface spaces on the interior.  Behind the scenes, the repair and service areas in both buildings were renovated with new lighting, flooring and tech stations designed to the latest efficiency standards. Both dealerships are still wheeling and dealing (pun intended) today! Check them out if you are in the area!

2005 was the year of restaurant construction for Gardner/Fox! We worked on Shula’s in Philadelphia, Shula’s 347 in Conshohocken, America Bar & Grill, and Ruby’s Diner in Glen Mills. While each project had it’s own design, the main kitchen and food service components remained the same.

At Shula’s in Philadelphia Gardner/Fox gutted the interior of a 5,300 square foot space to create a new luxurious restaurant with fine cherry paneling, crown molding, and a full-service granite top bar. At Schula’s 347, we renovated a 5,600 square foot hotel restaurant in the Conshohocken Marriot Hotel. The work included full interior demolition of the existing space, construction a new private dining room in the facilities old atrium.

Gardner/Fox built American Bar & Grill in Glen Mills from the ground up, with its rich contemporary interior finishes of wood, granite and stone. Finally, the most eclectic project of all, Ruby’s Diner. Gardner/Fox completed the new construction of the 4,800 square foot retro style diner. The 1950’s theme includes a suspended train track and an EIFS exterior finish.

In 2004 Gardner/Fox completed the multi-phase renovation of One Bala. The office building in Bala Cynwyd needed approximately 65% or 130,000 square-feet of space renovated and relocated to accommodate their tenets. The work included the construction of a new open floor plan offices, as well as executive offices. The new offices were separated by full height mahogany trimmed glass walls, and mahogany doors. The renovation also included the installation of built-in fish tanks, washrooms, board rooms, and executive lounges.

The fine details of the renovation include all new granite reception desk, new floor and wall finishes, new glass tile walls, a new sprinkler system, duct-work, and electrical distribution system.

In 2003 we had the opportunity to building a 3 story medical building right in our own backyard, literally. Right over the fence behind the Gardner/Fox office sat the original The Birth Center. It opened in a 100 year old structure in 1978 and has provided thousands of women with exceptional healthcare services, regardless of age or income. In a rapidly changing medical world, it was no wonder that the original 1978 facility was in dire need of replacement. Gardner/Fox worked closely with the Birth Center architects and owners to help design and build an attractive, cost effective facility for their unique needs.

Instead of closing down the original center to complete renovations, the Birth Center chose to build an entirely new facility on the same property, directly next door. This allowed the Birthing Center to remain open and operational during construction. The new 9,700 square foot facility stands at 3 stories and is complete with birthing rooms, consultation rooms, a kitchen, reception area, and offices. Once the new facility had opened its doors, the old facility was demolished, removed, and the space was paved to create their new parking lot. The Birthing Center has since changed its name to LifeCycle WomenCare, but is still open and providing exemplary care to this day. If you’re ever in the area (or at our office), check them out!