Boxwood Arts Group along with SITIO’s Antonio Fiol-Silva, recently unveiled plans for The Boxwood Arts Theatre and Cultural Center to Haddonfield Commissioners. This new 26,000 sf Center includes a 365-seat theater, paired with a 4,000 sf ballroom and various art galleries set to elevate Haddonfield New Jersey into South Jersey’s premiere performing and visual arts. For recent press click here.
THE STEELSTACKS ARTS AND CULTURAL CAMPUS HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2017 RUDY BRUNER AWARD FOR URBAN EXCELLENCE GOLD MEDALIST! This biennial award celebrates transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities. A nationwide committee of urban experts determined the winners from among five finalists, naming SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Gold Medalist and recipient of $50,000 to enhance the project. Completed in 2016, SteelStacks is the $93.5 million transformation of an abandoned steel mill into a mixed-use art, cultural, and entertainment district that hosts over 1.5 million visitors annually for a variety of events.
This transformational project was created by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem under the leadership of Executive Director Tony Hanna, and continues to enhance and honor the historical Bethlehem Steel site with a vibrant arts and cultural community symbolizing the rebirth of the region. SITIO's Antonio 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.
SITIO welcomes Brooke Kervi to our team! Brooke joins us from Montana, bringing a variety of architecture experience from past internships while completing her studies at Montana State University. New to Philadelphia, Brooke is excited to explore this city and others along the east coast. In her spare time Brooke is a soup aficionado and enjoys cliff jumping when back home in Bozeman.
We’re excited to see City Hall’s Courtyard brought into the spotlight! As one of the City’s most iconic locations, the Courtyard is the obvious next public space to add to the recent revival of Dilworth Park and the soon to be completed Love Park. While at WRT, SITIO’s Antonio Fiol-Silva was Principal-in-Charge and Karen Blanchard was Project Architect of this project that produced a historical report and proposed a design vision for this unique space. Additionally, Fiol-Silva also served as a juror for the place-making grant from Southwest Airlines. For more information click here.
SITIO’s Antonio Fiol-Silva, as faculty member of the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, collaborated with the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute to study equity in development of public land in Grand Rapids. The national experts spent the week in Grand Rapids to learn more about community plans and programs, local development tools, and conducted interviews with key stakeholders. As part of their investigation they sought to answer: How can Grand Rapids align its community and economic development policies, practices, and incentives to achieve a more equitable city? Antonio Fiol-Silva remarked that there is broad recognition that inequities exist in the city “In this community, all need to have access to opportunity for the community to succeed.”
For more information on this collaboration click here.
SITIO welcomes Luke Sinopoli to our team! Luke brings a trifecta of design expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design/planning. His vast experience stems from practicing in Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC, while also working internationally in Australia and China. Luke shares his design expertise as part of a group of mentors in the ACE Mentoring program who recently lead a team of local students to the national championships. In his spare time you can find Luke on a hiking adventure or enjoying the local music scene while exploring Philadelphia.
The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to explore new and innovative ways the city can best utilize public land and finance incentives to support the community’s vision of vibrant neighborhoods with high-quality parks, a riverfront recreation trail, more mobility and housing options and economic opportunity for people from all walks of life. The Rose Center's mission is to encourage and support excellence in land use decision-making by providing public officials with access to information, best practices, peer networks and other resources to foster creative, efficient, practical and sustainable land-use policies. Each year, the center's Daniel Rose Fellowship program invites the mayors of four large U.S. cities to select a team with land use decision-making authority to receive technical assistance on a local land-use challenge. More information can be found by clicking here.
On April 5th SITIO’s Principal Karen Blanchard will join an esteemed panel of female executives for the BISNOW Power Series : Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate – A Celebration of Philadelphia’s Brightest Stars. By representing all walks of the Philadelphia built environment and real estate community, this panel discussion will create a unique opportunity to confer new trends, present current projects, and discuss opportunities and challenges of expanding the boundaries in a traditionally male dominated industry.