Category Archives: Community

Firehouse Senior Center

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Firehouse Senior Center was an adaptation of an obsolete firehouse to house a full-service senior center and administrative headquarters of the Haddington Muti-Services for Older Adults.

Friday used the unique layout of the firehouse as an opportunity to be creative. The hose tower became the elevator shaft. The height of the truck bay enabled the economical insertion of a mezzanine to house the in-home services staff offices under which we created a kitchen to house the in-home services staff offices under which we created a kitchen for the hot lunch program and community events, an accessible toilet room, two center administrative offices, and a workspace for the transportation coordinator and center reception. The remaining portions of the truck bays became the multi-purpose dining room and the library. The “driveway” apron in front of the truck doors was converted into a semi-private outdoor patio upon which the multi-purpose room opened. In addition to the modernization and the reuse modifications, a new main entrance and stair tower were constructed and the exterior of the building was stabilized and partially restored.


Culinary Enterprises

48th Street Facade

Once home to a thriving community grocery store, this building sat vacant for many years waiting for a new tenant.  In 2008, the Enterprise Center CDC purchased the building with plans to re-purpose it as a “culinary incubator” facility.  This type of facility is growing in popularity around the country and provides commercial kitchen space to start-up food service and catering entrepreneurs.

Friday developed a design that creates retail spaces along 48th Street and reserved the rear portion of the building for the “incubator.”  The design respects the original facade organization and details along 48th Street and provides new entrances for retail spaces.  The facade upgrades and tenant spaces will be completed as Phase 1 of the project.  Phase 2 includes the culinary “incubator” and site development.

The Center was designed using LEED guidelines and sustainable practices and opened September 2012.


Chester Arts Center

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Seeking to bolster ongoing development of housing in Chester, Friday was hired by a local developer to produce Conceptual Designs and Site Planning Concepts for a new Community and Cultural Center.  The site is located just off I-95, along the Avenue of the States, the main arterial providing service into downtown Chester.  The Dushong Museum- an icon of historical significance- is sited just across a small street.  Friday developed a design that respects and compliments the historic property.  Our plan creates a courtyard space for community events that opens to the museum property.  The interior of the building includes a 200 seat theater, studio and classroom space and administrative areas.


Vineyard Church

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The Vineyard Church acquired an old firehouse in West Philadelphia to serve as their new home.  Friday has been working with the church to plan renovations.  We expect Construction to begin early this summer with completion by the fall.


Paines Park Project

The money shot

On May 22, 2013, Paines Park opened to the public.  The design creates a “public space for skateboarding” that accommodates many programmatic and user needs on the site.  This 2.5 acre project represents the most visible site ever selected for a project involving skateboarding and the most dollars ever committed by public entities to a project involving skateboarding.