Category Archives: Community

Bok Adaptive Re-Use

Aerial of Bok

Friday has been working with Scout to re-imagine and re-plan a glorious former Philadelphia Public School Building. The “Building Bok” project involves renovations to 350,000 square feet to provide community amenities, artists space and a boutique hotel.

Calcutta House

Street View

Calcutta House is a nonprofit social service provider that was founded in 1986 by Mother Teresa’s Missionary Brothers of Charity and is now operated without church affiliation. Its mission is to provide hospice care to people with AIDS regardless of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief. Calcutta House accepts residents in the middle to late stages of the disease. It particularly welcomes the homeless, the indigent, those without family or friends.

This Friday “Legacy” project involved design of a new structure for a twelve person hospice adjacent to an historic brownstone that would contain four independent living apartments and support facilities for both aspects of the operation.

In addition to the living units, the new facility includes common living and dining rooms, kitchen, library, lounges, administrative offices and other support spaces. The building is equipped with an elevator and a class A fire detection and sprinkler system. One of Friday’s main objectives was to create a domestic atmosphere, like that of a large house, rather than an institutional atmosphere typically found in buildings that provide acute care.

Artist Lofts


Friday is working with a developer to convert a 130,000 sq ft former factory building into Artists space.  The project will feature a major event space and rooftop deck with views to Center City. More to come this summer.

Palladino’s Passyunk

Approach on Passyunk

Friday has working with the Passyunk Avenue Redevelopment Corporation (PARC) and well known restaurateur Luke Palladino to open a new flagship location on Passyunk Avenue.  Friday developed a design for the exterior that responded to the operators Italian inspired menu. Three new apartments will be provided above the restaurant.

CedarWorks Studio

Interior Hall

The Cedar Works is a 15,000 sq. foot reclaimed warehouse, located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia, that has been renovated into a community-oriented work and meeting space.

In 2011, Mill Creek Design partnered with Friday Architects/Planners, Inc to masterplan and re-purpose the building as a community work and meeting space.  Major design objectives were to solve the complex code and egress issues of the land-locked mid-block site and to preserve and amplify original and character defining features of the building.

Easton Public Market


Friday worked with the Greater Easton Downtown Partnership to develop a masterplan for renovations to re-purpose a large building for a Public Market.  The building is close to Centre Square in downtown Easton.  The Market opened last fall and has been well supported by the community.  Funding limitations meant that the complete renovation could not be realized, but Friday’s work set the framework for continued phased improvements.

Rockland Mansion


Rockland Mansion, a splendid example of Federalist architecture built in 1810, is the first of the Fairmount Park Mansions successfully converted for private use.  Leased on a long term basis by the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, the three upper floors and the stair were restored to their original aesthetic with new HVAC, lighting and life safety features discreetly placed.

Working in concert with the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, missing sash and doors were rebuilt, fireplaces, hearths, mouldings,  hardware, and flooring  were restored.  Historical paint analysis identified original colors which were then faithfully applied.  The exterior pebble dash stucco was repaired and painted,  and new shutters were constructed .

The lower floor serves the modern business needs of the organization with its handicapped entrance,  toilet rooms,  library,  and office functions.

Reading Terminal Renovations


Friday Architects was selected to work together with the Reading Terminal Market Corporation to develop a masterplan for renovations and improvements to the east end and basement of the famed Reading Terminal Market.

The goals of the project were to create more retail space (additional revenue stream), improve the customer experience by adding new toilet rooms and consolidate the management functions into a central administration area. The total square footage involved totaled approximately 25,000 square feet.

The plan developed created valuable additional retail space by “re-aligning” the meandering Avenue D aisle and by relocating much of the cold storage to the basement. These two moves freed space for new vendors and allowed for a large portion of the floor area to be allocated for new toilet rooms. The plan conceived allowed phasing for much of the work, so that new toilet rooms were constructed and operational prior to the old being demolished.

Old Pine Comm Center


A project that defined the Friday practice; Old Pine embodied many of the things we like about being architects.  The client group consisted of four distinct organizations, each with its own goals that joined together to develop a vacant corner parcel of land into Old Pine Community Center.  The components to be incorporated into the scheme included a community center, expanded space for the Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church congregation, archive space for The Presbyterian Historical Society, and additional classroom and physical education space for Saint Peter’s School.

Friday conducted an intensive programming, planning, and conceptual design process out of which evolved an air-rights arrangement which allowed for efficient below grade archival storage for the Historical Society, an affordable, multi-use community center with appropriate educational spaces above grade, and almost half the site remaining open for development as public open space.



Situated on a prominent site at the corner of 59th and Lancaster, the Workforce Development Center includes a 7,500 square foot retail space and 1,500 square feet of offices for the local community development organization.  Friday prepared several design options before arriving at the final scheme, which draws inspiration from the adjacent commercial strip to create a simple design parti.  Friday prepared Schematic Design and Construction Documents and the building opened to tenants in 2009.