Our firm’s current work includes a diverse mix of new construction, renovation, and restoration. Below are a few projects we are working on:
GREENE STREET FRIENDS SCHOOL
James Bradberry Architects is pleased to announce that the firm has been selected to renovate 10,000 square feet of the historic Armat Street Loft at Greene Street Friends School. GSFS is a diverse community of Pre-K through 8th Grade learners founded in 1855, located in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The new project will include primary and special function Classrooms, a new school Library/Conference/Technical Center, as well as Administrative functions. The historic masonry building will be opened up to the recently completed Community Building, offering a welcoming Lobby/Lounge/Visitors’ Area. JBA has previously completed three projects at GSFS, and our firm has worked for over a dozen Friends Schools, as well as numerous other educational institutions. Completion is scheduled for August 2020.
THE PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL
Construction at The Philadelphia School's main facility in downtown Philadelphia has been completed. The work includes new classrooms, common spaces, and offices, as well as upgrades to lavatories and handicap accessibility. A palette of bright colors and warm woods offer a non-institutional vibe to this unique urban school, while reinforcing the identity of specific learning units within the loft-like space, a former pie factory. State-of-the-art classrooms include 16’ glass and aluminum bi-fold doors, to allow for team teaching in groups of 24, or division into smaller acoustically separated units. Daylight is brought to interior spaces via glass entries, transoms, and clearstories, which also offer the perception of space expansion and connectivity. In some areas, existing concrete and steel structure is exposed, along with ductwork, piping, and conduit, contributing to the industrial aesthetic.
CRICKET SPRINGS CROSSING
JBA’s first few homes at Cricket Springs Crossing are move-in ready. This upscale community is composed of twenty custom twins and townhomes. A variety of architectural styles are used throughout the community, all designed to blend into the fabric of the South Ardmore Historic District. Significant landscaping and the discreet location of drives and garages offer pedestrian friendly public space, augmented by generous front porches and architectural detail. CSC is conveniently located within walking distance restaurants, shops, and rail stations in downtown Ardmore.
West End Walk
Phase one construction of West End Walk in Media, PA, is complete. The community is a mixture of 27 new construction townhouses, twins, and renovated twins, including a repurposed 18th century tavern building. A variety of architectural styles are used throughout the community. WEW is located at the western gateway to Media's historic downtown, with a commuter rail station, restaurants, and shops within a short walk.
WRITING PROGRAM / PRINCETON UNIV
JBA is currently renovating 12,500 SF of interior space for the Princeton Writing Program, which teaches critical thinking, reading, and writing, with particular emphasis on techniques of academic inquiry and argument across the disciplines. The goal of the project is to accommodate 50 faculty members, 8 administrative staff, and 5 multi-functioning teaching spaces. In addition, informal social/collaborative space will be located on each floor. The space is being designed to provide a non-institutional setting, conducive to the creative process and extemporaneous interaction between students and faculty. Construction is scheduled for the summer of 2019.
friends select school
JBA's has completed preliminary planning and conceptual design for Friends Select School’s main school building at 1651 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The work includes cosmetic and functional upgrades to interior and exterior shared spaces, with the goal to create a state-of-the-art learning and technology nexus. These upgrades will reflect the unique qualities of what is currently happening at the school, which heretofore has been buried behind concrete block walls and heavy oak doors. As shown above, the first and second floors will be connected by an atrium and series of wood risers -- Friend Select’s mini version of the Spanish Steps -- a place to hang out, to have group meetings, interact with others in the school’s community, etc.