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Equinox MC and PECO co-host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Folsom Powerhouse

On October 30th, we co-hosted with PECO, a ribbon cutting ceremony for Folsom Powerhouse — our keynote speakers included Brian Abernathy, Chairman of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; Dave Arnold, Acting Director of the USEPA Region 3 Air Protection Division; Jan Colijn, a Folsom Powerhouse Homeowner; Craig Adams, CEO of PECO and Penelope Giles, Executive Director of the Francisville CDC.

Homeowners of Folsom Powerhouse are expected to save each homeowner more than $20,000 in energy costs during the next 30 years.  As the builder, Equinox will receive $850 – $1,000 per home as part of PECO Smart Builder Rebates, a program that awards builders who construct homes that meet ENERGY STAR standards for energy efficiency.

Check out a video of our speakers here:

Folsom Power House from Edward Savaria on Vimeo.

Equinox MC in July/August issue of Urban Land Magazine

Check out our ad on page 108 of the July/August issue of Urban Land Magazine!  If you remember, Equinox MC was also featured in March/April issue when Urban Land Magazine included The Modules in an article about medium-tall multi-housing projects.

The July/August issue of Urban Land talks about a lot of interesting topics such as trends in senior housing, ULI’s finalists for their Urban Open Space Award, and a Special Section on development trends in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania).  I found the profiles on the Urban Open Space Award finalists particularly interesting.  The finalists included:

  • Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio designed by Human Nature Inc.
  • Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile in Columbus, Ohio designed by MKSK (formerly MS), EDGE, and Moody Nolan
  • Railyard Park + Plaza in Sante Fe Mexico designed by Ken Smith, Frederic Schwartz, and Missy May
  • Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Oklahoma designed by John Wong; SWA Group
  • Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas designed by The Office of James Burnett; Thomas Phifer and Partners
Open Spaces are a great feature for a city and and help build community within neighborhoods.  With the innovative concept of the pop-up park that is Spruce Street Harbor Park and the opening of the new Dilworth Park at City Hall, Philadelphia is booming with public open spaces.  It’s interesting to see how other cities are utilizing open spaces and what types of features they include in their parks.

Kirkbride Center gets an overhaul with the help of Equinox MC

In 2013, Equinox MC was contracted by Kirkbride Center to overhaul and renovate their facilities as part of a long term re-positioning of the campus facilities.  

As of July 2014, Equinox MC has completed over 22,000 sq. ft. of renovations and fit-outs for Kirkbride Center with more projects in the works.

Kirkbride Center

Kirkbride Center

History

The Kirkbride Center was formerly known as the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane in the 1800s.  Designed by hospital superintendent and chief physician, Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride, the Center’s architectural pattern for hospital construction centered around providing patients with light and air to promote optimum healing an comfort.  These architectural plans along with Kirkbride’s standard of moral mental health treatment greatly contributed to the American psychiatric community of the time.

1895 Bromley Atlas, Photo courtesy of HiddenCityPhilly.org.

You can read more about the history of Dr. Kirkbride and the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in this article by Hidden City

Kirkbride Center Today

Today, the Kirkbride Center is a licensed 245-bed, comprehensive behavioral health care facility sitting on an urban campus site of 17 acres of land in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.  The Kirkbride Center’s campus is also home to other social service organizations such as Families Forward Philadelphia (formerly known as Travelers Aid Family Services).

Some of the renovations completed by Equinox MC include:

  • Kirkbride Admissions Office –  Housed in the a 1970s extension of the original Kirkbride building, Equinox MC completed a fit-out of a redesigned and remodeled wing to incorporate a consult room, office, two exam rooms, and a bathroom.
  • Families Forward Philadelphia –  Housed in the Kirkbride Center, Families Forward operates the largest non-profit homeless shelter for families in Philadelphia.  Equinox MC completed a fit-out which spanned two floors and included the renovation of 9 bathrooms, 17 sleeping quarters, a dining hall, and laundry facility.
  • Women’s Shelter by Gaudenzia –  Gaudenzia offers drug and alcohol treatment programs including specialty programs for women.  Equinox MC completed a fit-out of Gaudenzia’s Women’s Shelter which is housed in the Kirkbride Center.  The renovation included 18 bedrooms, 40 sleeping quarters, 5 bathrooms, laundry facility, and an upgraded sprinkler system.
  • CRI LifeTree: Philadelphia Research Center –  CRI LifeTree operates their inpatient and outpatient Philadelphia Research Center of Excellence on the Kirkbride Center campus.  Equinox MC will be renovating CRI’s Nurses’ Station with additional projects in the works.

The Modules featured in Urban Land Magazine

Urban Land Magazine is the magazine of Urban Land Institute – an organization with a mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Each month, Urban Land profiles projects that exemplify best practices in the construction industry.  In the March/April edition, Urban Land featured notable Medium-Tall Multifamily Housing projects.  From Urban Land:

“Medium-tall buildings may not match high-rises in terms of density, but they offer other advantages in an urbanizing world.  They block less sunlight and offer stronger visual connections between residents in their units and the streets below.  They integrate more gracefully with low-rise and single-family neighborhoods.  By incorporating courtyards and rooftops decks, they can increase connections to the outdoors in the civic realm.”

Equinox MC’s project, The Modules, was one of the featured developments in the article.  Other featured projects included:

Since its completion in 2010, The Modules has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Buildings Magazine.  We are especially excited that The Modules has been featured in Urban Land Magazine because of reach among our peer and customers in the industry.

Our partners in this project:

TempleTown Realty is a partner company of Equinox MC and is a leading provider of off campus housing in the Temple University area with over 300 apartments and houses for rent all within 3 blocks of campus.

ISA is a design and research office based in Philadelphia.  Equinox MC partnered with ISA to develop The Modules, a LEED Gold student housing project and winner of the AIA Pennsylvania Innovation in Architecture Award.

Equinox announces a new partnership with Postgreen Homes LLC to build an Eco-Friendly Housing Development in Francisville

Folsom Powerhouse will be a 31 unit mixed use development with an energy efficient design that offers a community driven living style, high-quality modern architecture, and a warm, welcoming street scape.

Postgreen Homes and Equinox Management & Construction LLC today announce a partnership to develop a 31 unit mixed use development occupying the majority of the 1700 block of Folsom Street in the vibrant community of Francisville Philadelphia. The project, named Folsom Powerhouse, is being developed at 18th & Folsom Streets on a site awarded by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA).

“Folsom Powerhouse embodies the Redevelopment Authority’s commitment to thriving mixed-income neighborhoods,” said Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Interim Executive Director Brian Abernathy. “By selecting Postgreen and Equinox to develop this parcel, PRA is making a commitment to a sustainable and vibrant Francisville.”

Postgreen and Equinox have each had success in Philadelphia’s eco-friendly housing market, with LEED and AIA award-winning projects in Philadelphia such as the 100K House and The Modules at Templetown. “This new partnership is an effort to combine forces in creating responsible, sustainable and exciting housing for Philadelphia residents, while also contributing to the dynamic revitalization of Francisville”, said Jonathan Weiss, President of Equinox. “With our expertise in efficient design and construction, Folsom Powerhouse is our answer to the City’s request for mixed use and mixed income housing in a desirable neighborhood just minutes from Center City”.  The project is designed by ISA architects, with landscape design by Studio Bryan Hanes, while First Savings Bank is providing financing for the project.

While the Folsom Powerhouse community will attract varying income levels, residents will all have one similar interest – ecological urbanism. The developers are committed to energy efficient design, with solar power, green roof technology and advanced storm water management practices. Folsom’s design offers a community driven living style, high-quality modern architecture, and a warm, welcoming streetscape.

The 1700 block of Folsom Street is centrally located one block from Fairmount Avenue’s commercial corridor, four blocks from the subway, and across the street from the Francisville Park, pool, and community center. The area’s best attractions are just steps away, featuring Philly Flavors, Mugshots, Route 6, Alla Spina and the neighborhood’s best coffee shops.

“Our proposal adapted Folsom’s fabric and the City’s best practices in urban planning”, explained Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes. “The Powerhouse name is indicative of our commitment to extreme energy efficiency, giving residents the power to live with community and environmental consciousness in mind”.

As the project develops, more updates, photos, and information will be made available on http://folsom-powerhouse.com/.

FOLSOM POWERHOUSE IN THE PRESS:

OUR PARTNERS IN THIS PROJECT:

Postgreen Homes builds energy efficient, healthy and well-designed homes for people who are interested in living happy, sustainable lives.

Equinox breaks ground on new student housing duplex near Temple University

Equinox breaks ground on 1856 N. Willington Street - a student housing project near Temple University

1856 Willington Street plans

Equinox Management & Construction has recently broken ground on a new student housing project at 1856 N. Willington Street in TempleTown, the neighborhood surrounding Temple University.  This project is being built for Equinox’s sister company, TempleTown Realty.

The project, designed by ISA Architects, will consist of two luxury student housing apartments featuring a sleek, modern design.  Building features include a high-efficiency building envelope, an advanced cladding system, sustainable interior finishes, Energy Star appliances, spacious floorplans, and a direct view of campus.

1856 Willington Street foundation

Being on a busy corner, this foundation was “plank-formed” to give the street level more texture and interest.

With 20 year of construction experience, Equinox is committed to advanced construction practices using the latest materials and techniques.  Equinox’s mission is to provide high quality property management & construction services to the real estate industry.  We are committed to creating positive change, balanced with sustainability, in our urban built environments.  Contact us if you need help with your construction project.

PROJECT RENDERING:

OUR PARTNERS IN THIS PROJECT:

TempleTown Realty is a partner company of Equinox Management & Construction and is a leading provider of off campus student housing in the Temple University area with over 300 apartments and houses for rent all within 3 blocks of campus.

ISA is a design and research office based in Philadelphia.  Equinox partnered with ISA to develop The Modules at TempleTown, a LEED Gold student housing project and winner of the AIA Pennsylvania Innovation in Architecture Award.

Citizens Banks retains Equinox for receivership services

Citizens Bank has retained Equinox Management, in partnership with Precision Realty Group, to serve as receiver for a distressed multi-family portfolio on South Broad Street.

With 24 hours notice, Equinox was able to implement property management at the properties, notifying tenants of the new management and putting emergency procedures in place.

Equinox has now stabilized operations, performed a property condition assessment, implemented a preventative maintenance program, marketed vacant units, and is preparing the properties for sale.

New Client: Stonehurst Apartments

Equinox Management & Construction has been retained by Stonehurst Partners, LP to manage its 22 residential unit portfolio located along the Baltimore Avenue Corridor in University City.

Under its new contract, Equinox Management is providing Stonehurst Partners with the following services:

  • Apartment leasing and marketing
  • Tenant screening
  • Rent collection
  • Accurate, timely and informative financial reporting systems
  • Unit Turnovers
  • Routine Maintenance and Repairs
  • Custodial Services
  • Building condition assessments
  • 24 HR EMERGENCY SERVICE

President of Equinox featured in BIA Voice

BIA Voice is the official newsletter of the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia.  Jonathan Weiss, President of Equinox Management & Construction was recently featured in the Member Spotlight on page 11/15 of BIA Voice, Spring 2012 issue.

Below is the full text of the article that appeared:

Jonathan Weiss has always been fascinated by a built environment and the many way that buildings and cities shape our world.  He studied architecture and worked as a carpenter and also worked in the energy conservation field.  Real estate development combined all of those interests in an entrepreneurial way.

Weiss is the founder and president of Equinox Management & Construction, LLC and The TempleTown Realty companies.  For the past 15 years, TempleTown Realty has been the leading provider of off-campus housing for Temple University.  Its affiliate, Equinox Management & Construction, is a Philadelphia-based, fully integrated real estate development, property management, general contracting and property maintenance company with a focus on urban infill development.

In its 15 years of operation, Equinox has developed over 280,000 square feet of residential rental property.  The company specializes in urban infill development and has provided management services for over 850 beds of student housing at University campuses around the greater Philadelphia.  They additionally manage over 20 commercial tenants in over 120,000 square feet of retail space.  Equinox is committed to sustainability in the built environment and recently completed the largest LEED-certified modular structure in the country.

Equinox has recently developed The Modules, a LEED-Gold 72 unit apartment building near Temple University, which features a 20,000 square foot green roof, cutting-edge construction techniques and distinctive architecture which garnered a 2010 AIA Pennsylvania design award.

“I am very proud of this project.  It is a very innovative building in many ways,” Weiss added.  “First, the architecture is modern and striking.  It received an AIA Pennsylvania award.  Second, it is the first green building in the Temple area and has many sustainability features, including high efficiency systems and equipment, a tight building envelope, strong bicycle accommodations and a green roof.  The building recently received LEED Gold certification.  Lastly, we incorporated modular construction and we believe that it is the larges modular structure in Philadelphia.”

Equinox’s core portfolio has been in the redevelopment of North Philadelphia.  They are committed to a ‘holistic’ approach to neighborhood work.  In addition to rehabilitating over 70 previously vacant Victorian Brownstones dating from the 1880s, they have hired extensively from the neighborhood and created new retail spaces.  They also helped create Tree House Books, which has become a cultural center in North Philadelphia.

Equinox also provides professional and thorough property maintenance services, with both in-house staff and a wide network of local vendors.  In addition to scheduled maintenance and custodial staff, our construction division offers cost-effective expertise for more complex building repairs and improvements.

“We are developers, general contractors, and property managers.  We act as our own general contractor for most of our projects,” said Weiss.  “We also perform general contracting and construction management fore other developers and property owners.  Our property management division managers over 500 apartments and over 150,000 square feet of retail space.  Some of our areas of particular expertise are historic renovation and student housing.

Weiss finds buildings and architecture endlessly fascinating.  He also finds it very rewarding to be a part of a neighborhood change.  Lastly, because of the range of activities he is involved in, every day is different.

Weiss has found the BIA to be a great source of information and education.  Even more importantly, the BIA is the often the best (and sometimes only) advocate for the interests of builders and developers in Philadelphia.  “City government is prone to seeing developers as ‘the bad guys’, and the BIA does an excellent job of educating others as to the important role of development in our built environment and in our economy,” he commented.

A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Pennsylvania, Weiss serves on the boards of Friends School Haverford, Tree House Books, and Project HOME.  He resides in Haverford and has two teenage sons.  His biggest hobby is spending time with family, but he also is an avid reader, plays ultimate Frisbee, and in the summer, races sailboats.

The above article appeared in BIA Voice, Spring 2012, page 11/15.

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Equinox Management & Construction operates out of our main offices at TempleTown Realty.
1535 N. Sydenham Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
TempleTown Leasing Office: 215-232-3707
University City Leasing Office: 215-966-8627
Email: info@equinoxmc.com

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