Lance LoseyWe are delighted to announce that Lance Losey has joined the Gardner/Fox team! Lance will be a part of our residential division, as a Sales & Pre-Construction Consultant, which includes networking, meeting with potential clients, and working directly with customers. Lance brings a wealth of knowledge & experience with him and will be a valuable asset, not only to us, but more importantly, to our customers.  He comes from a background in real estate, home building, and residential remodeling and design.  He will put this experience to use helping our clients visualize their ideas and plan their project.

Lance is a lover of all things home, “I want to help people make their home as comfortable, enjoyable, intimate and interesting as possible. I love all different kinds of design and how those designs are brought to life through the construction process.  I realize that each home and each client is unique and am excited to work with all of them, helping bring their vision to reality.”

Lance attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Interior Design and plans to complete his degree in Architecture at Drexel University. Lance also notes that he has long been an admirer of Gardner/Fox and what we do.

We’re flattered and happy to have you Lance! We can’t wait to see what new and exciting projects you have coming down the pike!

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Gardner/Fox recently had the chance to renovate this beautiful home in Malvern, PA. The transformation is truly remarkable (it also helped that our client had fantastic taste)!

Gardner/Fox opened and brightened up this modern kitchen with a few different tricks. First, the client’s breakfast bar was removed and replaced with a much larger island that extends the length of the kitchen. All of the interior design selections such as the cabinetry, the built in stove, golden faucet, and sink basin enhance the modern look. The removal of the overhead cabinets created space for extra windows and contributes to a more spacious and open feeling.

Our favorite details? The intricate tile back splash, reminiscent of flower petals and the unexpected golden inlay on the herringbone floor.

The homeowner chose to transform the original humdrum mudroom into an eye popping garden room. We absolutely love every detail, from the emerald green glazed porcelain tiles to the gleaming golden sink fixture (are you sensing the theme yet?) and bold lily pad wallpaper. Not pictured are tiered pantry doors that provide a modern styled storage solution for the small room.

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The renovation brought a custom look to the living room with the addition of a new fireplace and mantel with a low profile coffered ceiling and recessed lighting above.

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During the second portion of this renovation, Gardner/Fox helped to create this serene master bathroom. A few of the key features in this project were the custom lava stone bathtub, custom his and hers vanities, and a glass enclosed shower. The scale-shaped tile really pulls the calming blue hue through the whole bathroom.

 

Experience the magnificent design of world-renowned architect Louis I. Kahn first-hand at Esherick House, a private home in Chestnut Hill! The owners are opening their doors to supporters of Baker Industries with all proceeds going to Baker and its mission of serving vulnerable adults in our community. The home was constructed in 1961, and received a Landmark Building Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA.
 
The event will take place on September 15th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Your ticket also includes cocktails, a tour of the home, and an informational session with a Harvard-educated architect. Purchase your ticket soon, the event is limited to 20 spaces!
You can read more and purchase your tickets here at www.bakerindustries.org
 
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Photograph Credit to Todd Eberle 

 Gardner/Fox has been a long time supporter of Baker Industries and their work in the community. Please consider purchasing a ticket and supporting their efforts!
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20160727-IMG_1783Gardner/Fox would like to recognize Mayfield Gardners, Main Line Electrical, Borzell & Norbury and all the businesses listed above, for their generous partnership with us in support of the Main Line community. All have pledged their support in various ways to make the renovation of the Radnor Township Civic Association (RTCA) building a reality.

For those of you unfamiliar with the RTCA, it was founded in 1932 to provide relief to community members hit hardest by the great depression. The building was purchased in 1942 and has served as the central hub for the African American community in Radnor ever since. Over the years, the hall has hosted numerous weddings, picnics and celebrations and is the only black-owned community center on the Main Line.

Unfortunately, the building has begun to show its age despite proper maintenance and upkeep. Since the cost of labor has grown significantly, RTCA has turned to the community for help. Gardner/Fox, along with 15 other generous business and community leaders have answered the call!

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Gardner/Fox will provide all of the design and architectural services required and will support Villanova University students who will be coming in to help with the construction effort. “We are so pleased to see the community come together to make this happen” says Gardner/Fox founding partner and architect Mark Fox. “It’s refreshing to see so many people offering their time and talents because they care about the history and vibrancy of this community.”

The renovation plan includes the addition of a wheelchair-accessible ramp, age-related adjustments to plumbing and electrical systems, and additional modifications necessary to make the entire building ADA compliant.

 

Read more here:http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2015/07/01/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc559404b109316759239107.txt?viewmode=default

 

 

It’s been a while since we posted a #throwbackThursday post, so here’s one for the ages. Check out Brook Gardner, running in the Philadelphia Marathon for Baker Industries in 1994!

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Have you ever walked into a room, and felt it lacked personality? Consider sliding barn doors your solution. First things first, barn doors are an easy, space-saving way to give a room some character. These doors can be perfect for a rustic home, but are versatile to fit into a sleek modern home.

Barn doors aren’t just used to liven up archways anymore, barn doors can be used to create cubbies in your home. You can leave them open for daily access to spaces, but close them when you need to hide a mess, plus they eliminate the problem of door swing in small spaces. Another use for barn doors, is cabinet space. They can be used to cover bars and glass wear. If you are looking for a fun update to your bar area or want something different from your traditional cabinets, check out sliding barn doors.

Below are a few of our example jobs as well as some that we just find attractive! Check out our houzz website for more examples of our projects at www.houzz.com/gardnerfox

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Wayne Music Festival on Saturday, June 11th! It will be a fun day full of music from 7 different local bands, in addition to food and drink from local restaurants. While you’re there, come visit us!  We will have a booth on N. Wayne Ave, so stop by and say hello! We’d love to answer any questions about projects that you are working on or are considering starting.  To find more information on the Wayne Music Festival check out www.waynemusicfestival.com

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Gardner/Fox was mentioned in Signature Kitchen and Bath’s Annual Bath Design Awards. The project was completed in collaboration with Stimmel Consulting Group, Inc. The reconfigured floor plan allowed for more space to accommodate the larger tub and marble counter. To see more projects like this one, check out our portfolio on houzz.com

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M. Pennington.jpgFor the last 29 years, Mr. Mark Pennington has been at the beating heart of Gardner/Fox Associates in Bryn Mawr, PA. In 1987, Pennington signed on with Brook Gardner and Mark Fox to start the successful construction management company. Mark’s role was principally to handle all business matters within the office that were not directly related to design or construction in order to facilitate the everyday functions of the architects and builders.  With Mark filling the gaps and handling all of the behind the scenes work necessary to run a successful business, Gardner and Fox were able to do what they do best: design and build.

Mark worked as the head of Human Resources, IT and accounting – thus Mark had essentially been the problem-solver of the office environment.  If wearing so many hats were not enough, Mark also lead numerous volunteer ventures and organized dozens of events for employees and vendors.  He made it his mission to make Gardner/Fox a wonderful place to work, and succeeded in establishing an employee base where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

In his final comments about Gardner/Fox before starting his retirement, Mark said he couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. In the ever challenging industry of construction, he was never bored. It was fun to see the amazing things that Gardner/Fox had designed and built over the years. Mark also said the most satisfying part of working at Gardner/Fox was being able to see employees grow in the business and raise families.

In his retirement (which he insisted is only a sabbatical), Mark plans on traveling to New Zealand, Patagonia, and Scotland. For now, his upcoming adventure is a road trip to the Pacific North West.

We wish you luck where ever you find yourself Mark! Thank you for the amazing job that you have done, and we’ll miss you here at GFA!

 

Last week we attended the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia. During the 4-day convention, Philadelphia hosted over 20,000 architects from all over the world. The convention boasted over 800 exhibitors and over 500 educational seminars.

There was a lot happening at the convention! We attended seminars on lighting, paint products, BIM and Net-Positive building design, and one of our senior architect, Jeff Snyder led a tour to the Morris Arboretum.  On the floor, some of the most interesting items we came across were the new lighting and building envelope products. Even the Bacon Brothers stopped by on Friday night to entertain.

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Bacon Brothers Performing at AIA Convention

We’re so glad we were able to participate in this educational event and bring so much back to Gardner/Fox with them! Thanks to AIA Philadelphia for organizing the convention.