Urban Redevelopment

Late 2015 construction is planned for the first phase of Ingersoll Street Apartments, a signature concept by Philadelphia’s Lighthouse Architecture for 27 total market-rate multifamily units in four stories over parking.

The three apartment buildings were creatively designed in a detailed document package that is currently being bought out on budget.

Located between Girard College and Temple University at 1710-1730 Ingersoll Street in Philadelphia, each nine-unit building houses six one-bedroom and three two-bedroom dwellings. The units have spacious open plans with generous storage and in-unit laundry.

“We wanted to create a modular concept that could be replicated along the block,” says AIA architect and Lighthouse founder Peter J. Porretta.

In combination with under-building and open parking, a unique feature of the design is the secure, unheated, partially open stairwells, which offer tenants good visibility and a connection to the street for safety while protecting them from inclement weather.

“The concrete block masonry stair towers are designed to withstand the traffic of tenants moving in and out, save energy costs over an enclosed space, and provide lateral stability in a wood-frame building lifted over parking,” says Porretta. “It was important that the building have low life-cycle costs but a long life.”

Entrance lobbies offer tenants security, good street visibility, and bicycle storage.

Lighthouse provided full architectural and building systems design services for project, with land planning, survey, and engineering provided by Ruggiero Plante Land Design.

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