Chester Springs, PA – The first steel is raised at the site of a new facility for  non-denominational Vineyard Community Church located in Chester Springs. Church plans include a Christian Day Care center that will be open to members and non-members. Construction includes site work, a completely new structure, MEP (Mechanical, Electric, Plumbing) and finishes. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2007.

Camden, New Jersey – El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care is now open and serving the Camden community from a new, larger facility at 438 Martin Luther King Blvd. The new facility provides ample space for 105 more children than before and allows for a higher-quality, developmentally-appropriate program.

Since 1972, the center has served the communities of central and north Camden by providing quality child care services and pre-school and school-age tutoring. For the larger community, El Centro also offers nutrition education, job training, health services and a much-needed bilingual and bicultural program.

Gardner/Fox constructed the $2.6 million 3-story facility designed by Carlos Raul Rodriguez. The project included complete site development and consisted of slab on grade and slab on deck construction, supported by a steel frame and barjoist. The interior includes a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, meeting rooms, support offices, classrooms, laundry facilities, a hydraulic elevator and fire safety and security systems.

Architecture: Carlos Raul Rodriguez
Construction: Gardner/Fox

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania – Don Shula’s latest restaurant, Shula’s 347 Grill, recently opened in the Philadelphia West Marriott in Conshohocken. Named for Shula’s 347 victories as a head coach in the NFL, this is the second restaurant Gardner/Fox has constructed for the Shula’s chain of restaurants. The first was built at what is now the Sheraton Center City Hotel.

Shula’s Steak Houses LLP is a franchise company that primarily works with hotels. The Philadelphia West Marriott is owned by Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc., a real estate investment trust that owns 51 hotels nationwide and is located in San Clemente, CA.

The conversion from the nautical themed Regatta Bar and Grill to Shula’s 347 Grill was completed in seven weeks. The work included full demolition of the existing space, constructing a new private dining room, and renovating the existing atrium. The project features new leather-embossed wall covering, engineered wood flooring, granite table tops and bar, and millwork. Plasma televisions and a new audio/visual system were also added.

Mike Rodden, General Manager of the Philadelphia West Marriott, said “In terms of working with Gardner/Fox Associates, we found them very professional and easy to work with. As a hotel, we had a lot of business needs that had to be worked around and we found the entire team to be flexible and accommodating when we needed to change the timing of the work. The finished product was better than expected and makes a great first impression for our guests. Gardner/Fox would be our first choice if we were doing a similar project in the future.”

Architecture: Runyon & Associates
Construction: Gardner/Fox
Photography: Lafayette Hill Studios

Rendering Courtesy of Hooper Shiles Architects

Gardner/Fox was recently selected as the Construction Manager for the HMS School’s new Dormitory Addition and Renovation project. Located in the historic Philadelphia neighborhood of Spruce Hill, the HMS School is a campus of linked buildings offering educational opportunities and therapeutic programs for both resident and day students, ages 2 to 21, afflicted with motor impairments or other disabilities resulting from cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury.

The project, designed by Hooper Shiles Architects, encompasses a new two-story addition including new dormitory rooms and nursing facilities on the first floor with administrative uses on the second floor. This project also includes expansion/renovation of the existing cafeteria, renovation of existing dormitory rooms into classrooms and the installation of a new elevator, stairs and ramps.

Gardner/Fox is currently providing pre-construction services, with construction scheduled to begin in June.

Chester Springs, Pennsylvania – An enthusiastic crowd of students, faculty, and parents gathered, in spite of the rain, to break ground on a new Library and Academic Center at Montgomery School in Chester Springs. Construction began after students shoveled heaping piles of dirt and tossed their yellow hard hats into the air in celebration of the event. Head of school, Kevin Conklin planned the event to help students connect to the new facility, which is scheduled for completion in June.

The new Library will provide ample space for an expanding collection of books, computers with Internet access, a computer classroom for instruction, and story-time areas for the younger children. The Center will also serve as a hub for middle school students, with new classrooms, lockers, and meeting rooms. Founded in 1915 as a preparatory school for boys, Montgomery School has evolved into a coeducational day school serving preschool through grade eight.

KCBA Architects designed the Library as well as the recently completed Dining Room. The firm is working closely with contractor Gardner/Fox as construction continues.

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania – Gardner/Fox recently completed the construction of a complicated 9 phase, 130,000 square foot, office renovation for the corporate headquarters of Philadelphia Insurance. The project was completed phase by phase, in a fully occupied building, with new space occupancy and relocations over a 20 month time frame. All schedule, cost and quality expectations were achieved. Axis Construction was a joint-venture team member on the project.

Early in the schematic design phase, the construction team, the building owner – Tishman Speyer, the tenant – Philadelphia Insurance, and the architect – McGillin Architecture worked together to establish a budget for the project. This budget became the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the project, even at this very early stage of the design. The team continued to collaborate on schedule, budget and quality issues throughout the entire design phase to ensure that the project would be delivered as scheduled and within the budget established during the schematic phase.

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania – Don Rosen and Rich Frankel, along with Audi corporate executives, celebrated the grand opening of their newest facility at Audi of Willow Grove. Rosen acknowledged his ten-year relationship with contractor Gardner/Fox and praised their commitment to completing each project on time and within budget.

The two-phase project consisted of dividing an existing 35,000 square foot auto dealership into two separate buildings with individual MEP and sprinkler systems. Interior renovations in phase two included 17,000 square feet of new showroom, service, sales office and customer waiting areas. The exterior facade features a 16-foot glass wall that wraps around the front and side of the showroom area along with an Aluca Bond™ decorative aluminum paneled wall system.

The building separation will facilitate operations between the two auto manufacturers housed within a single dealership. All work was coordinated with Audi corporate representatives in Michigan and California.

Gardner/Fox constructed a new 6,500 square foot one-story restaurant in a suburban shopping complex. The restaurant features five indoor dining rooms and a patio area for outdoor dining.

The contemporary interiors include stone veneer walls, hewn timber headers and sills, and 24 x 24 inch tile floors.

The custom millwork includes a birch bar with granite countertops, a hostess stand, and built-in birch cabinetry. The exterior walls were prefabricated and erected on site. The exterior finish is EIFS, with custom crown and cornice details and custom aluminum windows and storefront.

Constructed by: Gardner/Fox Associates
Designed by: Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site

Bryn Mawr, PA – Gardner/Fox constructed a new 9,700 square-foot, 3-story building for The Birth Center of Bryn Mawr. The project was designed by Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site. Demolition of a neighboring building provided space for the construction of the new facility, enabling the original facility to remain fully operational while construction took place. Once construction was complete, the former Birth Center building was demolished, creating ample space for a new parking lot.