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Our firm’s current work includes a diverse mix of new construction, renovation, and restoration. Below are a few projects we are working on:

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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.

 
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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.   

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JAMES M. STEWART FILM THEATER

JBA is in the final phase of overseeing renovations to the James M. Stewart Film Theater at Princeton University. The theater, named after actor and Princeton alum Jimmy Stewart, supports Film and Media Studies in Visual Arts and also provides for broader campus teaching and events, including film screenings. The objectives were to replace outdated AV technology including an enlarged projection screen, improve HVAC, electrical, lighting and accessibility, all while maintaining flexibility to accommodate speakers and panel discussions.  AV technology includes 8K projection and 16 channel Dolby surround sound, while preserving the ability to screen legacy films in 35mm and 16mm formats. 

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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.

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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.