SITIO’s Karen Blanchard presented with architectural leaders from New Jersey, New York, and New England at the AIA Quad Conference in Albany, NY on November 10th. This panel presented professional experiences in creative design practices as well as the different challenges and opportunities that have impacted their work and career paths. Karen shared her involvement as the AIA Philadelphia Women In Architecture Co-Chair since 2013, focusing on the organization’s engagement not only to women in the design industry but to all emerging practitioners.
SITIO was proud to sponsor the Puerto Rico disaster relief benefit concert at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks on Sunday November 6th. Antonio Fiol-Silva joined Puerto Rican community leaders and Lehigh Valley Mayors and Council Members to welcome notable local Latin musicians who performed a free concert to collect donations. All funds will go directly to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Concilio-Philadelphia. Donations are still being accepted - checks can be made payable to Concilio-Unidos PA’ PR and can be mailed to HGSK Law Firm, 1349 Lynn Ave., Bethlehem 18015.
Taller Puertorriqueno Cultural Center received a Merit Design Award at the AIA Philadelphia 2017 Design Awards Gala. Known as El Corazón Cultural del Barrio (The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia), Taller Puertorriqueño uses art to promote development within its community and the Latino Diaspora and build bridges to the Greater Philadelphia region. SITIO Principal Antonio Fiol-Silva lead the project from feasibility to design and construction as designer and Principal-In-Charge.
InQ, ArtsQuest's Magazine, reflects on the meaning of SteelStacks' successes in A SHINING STAR: National Design Awards Highlight SteelStacks' Impact on Community and Nation. Hear from Bethlehem Leaders and SITIO Principal Antonio Fiol-Silva in the What they're saying about SteelStacks sidebar. Click here to access the article by Mark Demko.
SITIO’s Jamie Ober recently joined a panel of jurors representing a cross-section of construction industry experts including owners, architects, engineers and industry leaders for the Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s Excellence In Construction Awards. This prominent program honors construction projects in the region based on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.
Langan Engineering and Ground Reconsidered landscape architects, together with SITIO architecture + urbanism, began work on the new Bridesburg Riverfront Park and facilities, which will become a significant trailhead and gateway to the North Delaware Riverfront/East Coast Greenways.
The 10+-acre park on the Delaware River, developed by the Delaware River City Corporation in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation, will open access to a spectacular panoramic swath of the Delaware River just north of the old Pennsylvania Railroad Lift and Betsy Ross Bridges.
Bethlehem’s SteelStacks campus was presented with the national Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence on Thursday September 7th. This multi-phased project was a part of a public-private partnership that involved, among others, the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, ArtsQuest, PBS39, and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, who donated the land on the historic Bethlehem Steel plant site. On behalf of this multi-award winning project, Tony Hanna, Executive Director of the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, accepted this gold medal award - the Rudy Bruner’s highest recognition of urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. SITIO's Antonio Fiol-Silva spoke about the unique challenges of the site and the transformational impacts that enhanced a vibrant arts and cultural community. Fiol-Silva lead the SteelStacks Master Plan, The Levitt Pavilion, and the Hoover-Mason Trestle projects as Principal-In-Charge and Planner, and Karen Blanchard was the Design Architect.
ULI Michigan hosted a workshop with national and local experts to generate placemaking ideas for the Henry Ford Health System’s new state-of-the-art cancer center, which will be located south of its campus in Detroit’s New Center. Made possible by a Creative Placemaking grant from ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, with the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, the workshop - Chaired by ULI’s Senior Visiting Fellow in Creative Placemaking Juanita Hardy - explored opportunities to create active living, nutrition, education and community green space that links the cancer center with other healthy lifestyle assets in Detroit.