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The Shipyard

Project Description

A vibrant community of five new-construction townhomes in an up-and-coming section of Philadelphia. Each has 3 beds, 3 baths, private rear yards, off-street parking and roof decks with expansive city views. The design-forward project drew inspiration from Port Richmond’s deep connection to the riverfront and its long history of ship building there. In collaboration with local builders Paiz Construction, we marketed the homes pre-construction and managed buyers through a unit customization process, offering custom builder upgrade packages.

Location: Port Richmond, Philadelphia.

Partner/Contractor: Paiz Construction

Timeline: 2019-2020

1360 E Susquehanna

Project Description

The two-story building in the heart of Fishtown was formerly a corner store downstairs with an apartment above. Renovations upstairs removed interior partitions to create an open floor plan and loft experience. A total gut renovation downstairs added the square footage of a finished basement with a master bedroom suite.  A striking mural stretching the entire Belgrade St façade gives depth to the building’s stark, boxy massing.

Location: Fishtown, Philadelphia

Strategy: Primary residence, renovation to rent and hold

Timeline: 2014, 2017

The Brothers Emerick

Project Description

An ambitious and inspired renovation of two existing two story brick townhomes in the heart of Fishtown. Total redesign and renovation included the addition of a third floor, pilot house and roof deck with unmatched views of the city.  Design both inside and out was informed by the traits of two fictionalized brothers; one a sailor and the other an astronomer. Exploring their distinctive characteristics guided interior layouts as well as fixture and material selections, resulting in two unique homes – each with their own identity, personality and flow.

Location: Fishtown, Philadelphia

Strategy: Renovation and sale

Partner/Contractor: Michael Sebright, Evolve Build

Timeline: 2017

1737 N Howard

Project Description

A three-story brick warehouse that had formerly housed a textile factory stood in disrepair as a remnant of the area’s industrial past.  A design/build team collaborated on a full, architecture-forward renovation to adapt the compromised building into eight loft style apartments. Unit interiors are expansive with open layouts, exposed brick and reclaimed wood ceilings.  The skewed metal cladding represents an inventive, dynamic response to structural issues discovered during interior demolition.

Location: Kensington, Philadelphia

Client/Contractor: Hybrid Construction

Timeline: 2017

8 Pembroke

Project Description

My first real estate purchase, this three family row-home was a labor of love.  I literally moved through the building one unit at a time, fully remodeling each apartment.  All units were opened to achieve an open, loft layout. One of the most distinguishing features was the addition of a pilot house and roofdeck that captured arguably one of the best views of Boston’s skyline.

Location: Chelsea, MA

Strategy: Primary residence, renovation to rent and hold

Timeline: 2004-08

Commoncove Coworking

Project Description

The Boston based coworking startup required a flagship location to launch its brand rollout of flexible, member-based collaborative workspaces. The new, dynamic business model demanded a thoughtfully designed space to meet the needs of various members, including a café, community kitchenette, private breakout rooms and insulated phone booths.

Location: Chelsea, MA

Strategy: Office fit out

Client/Partner: Commoncove Coworking

Timeline: 2013

Neighborhood Stabilization

Project Description

The Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative (NSI) was enacted to support neighborhoods hardest hit by the housing downturn.  It was jointly developed by various public agencies and allocated resources to non-profit organizations to acquire and renovate distressed properties (vacant, foreclosed or abandoned).  Partnering with The Neighborhood Developers, accomplished non-profit developers of affordable housing, we delivered 29 residential units (11 sold, 18 leased) through 11 projects with a total project cost of $10.8MM.

Location: Chelsea, MA

Client/Partner: The Neighborhood Developers

Timeline: 2010-12

Walden House

Project Description

An exceptional historic renovation of a dilapidated, abandoned former fire station located just blocks from Revere Beach. Various agencies and funding sources collaborated to create seven affordable housing apartments available for elderly, local residents that met income guidelines.

Location: Revere, MA

Strategy: Renovation, rental

Client/Partner: The Neighborhood Developers

Timeline: 2009

Forbes Park Lofts

Project Description

This 18 acre waterfront brownfields complex, formerly the site of Forbes Lithographic Manufacturing Company, was reenvisioned as a live-work loft community in harmony with its surrounding environment. The innovative model of sustainability included a 250 megawatt wind turbine capable of generating electricity for 100+ apartments and a fleet of shared vehicles. Interior canal construction and investment in wetlands restoration brought native wildlife back to the shores despite years of contamination due to active shipping.

Location: Chelsea, MA

Strategy: Renovation, condominium sale

Client/Partner: Urban Design & Development

Timeline: 2005-08

Davis Square Lofts

Project Description

Core member of design/build/development team responsible for architectural design, construction, marketing, sales and subsequent property management of 100+ mixed-use units within the seven former factory buildings that comprise the Davis Lofts live/work loft community.  On the site formerly occupied by M.W. Carr & Co., a frame and jewelry manufacturer, an exceptional community now stands as a beautiful and rare example of development firmly committed to both architectural distinction and environmental stewardship.

Location: Somerville, MA

Strategy: Renovation and new construction, condominium sale

Client/Partner: Urban Design & Development

Timeline: 2000-2005