• Kevin Blackney honored with I.V. Williamson Award

    The Board of Trustees of Williamson College of the Trades has selected Blackney Hayes principal Kevin R. Blackney, AIA as the 2018 recipient of its distinguished I.V. Williamson Award. The I.V. Williamson Award is given annually to a member of the Williamson community whose life and work exemplify the ideals of Williamson’s founder, 19th century […]

  • Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Celebrates Their Groundbreaking

    Cristo Rey Philadelphia, an independent Catholic high school for low-income students of all faiths, celebrates the groundbreaking of their 105,000 sf new school building at 17th and Allegheny Streets. A network of 32 high schools nationally, Cristo Rey Philadelphia opened in 2012 and its curriculum combines rigorous academics with professional work experience in businesses where […]

  • 220 Rowan Boulevard: 2017 Leading Economic Development Award Recipient

    220 Rowan Boulevard is the recipient of this year’s Leading Economic Development award for its Public-Private Partnership alliance to enhance the redevelopment of downtowns, quality of life for residents and advance NJ’s overall vision for building tomorrow’s living and working communities. Located in Glassboro, NJ, 220 Rowan Boulevard features both student and market rate apartments, […]

  • Anthony Covington Joins Blackney Hayes Architects

    Anthony (Tony) Covington is a seasoned business development professional with over 20 years of experience in the A/E/C industry. His dynamic personality and sensitivity to the needs of his clients contribute to his success in fostering meaningful business relationships spanning multiple industries. Tony is an alum of Temple University and a board member of the […]

  • The Collins, an Adaptive Re-Use High-Rise, Achieves LEED SILVER Certification

    The revitalization of the 1100 block of Chestnut Street took a major step forward with the news that The Collins, an adaptive re-use project more than four years in the making, has been certified as LEED SILVER by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The Collins is one of Philadelphia’s newest mixed-use high rises and brings […]

  • Changing Skyline: You won’t recognize this block of Chestnut Street

    Article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer by Inga Saffron

    As Center City has shined up over the last couple of decades, Broad Street became the dividing line between the increasingly upscale west side and the stubbornly scruffy east. Philadelphia’s most stylish shops and restaurants tended to gravitate to the west side, close to Rittenhouse Square, even while fine 20th-century commercial buildings sat half-empty and […]

  • $26.5M project: NewCourtland to convert vacant school building into a seniors’ complex

    Article published in The Philadelphia Business Journal

    NewCourtland Senior Services has acquired the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School which it plans to transform into a $26.5 million residential and health care complex for senior adults. NewCourtland plans to convert the site at 5364 Jackson St., in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, into a seven-story complex with independent living apartments. The property will […]

  • New Dorms at Williamson the College of Trades

    Kevin Blackney, former alumnus of the Williamson College of the Trades, is pleased to be part of the design team for the College’s latest dormitory addition. For details about the ground breaking ceremony go to https://www.williamson.edu/2016/04/groundbreaking-held-for-new-watson-dorm/.

  • (Video) Introducing the AIM Community Center

    Cheers to AIM Academy and their talented students who created this wonderful time-lapse video capturing the construction journey from the first days of moving dirt to the ribbon cutting ceremony. We hope this experience has generated some interest among the students in the architecture, engineer or construction professions. At least we know they are well […]

  • (Video) Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Construction Progress

    Camp Laughing Waters

    Here’s a glimpse of the construction for Camp Laughing Waters, part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s campus upgrades to include a new STEM / Activity Center and new camp lodges.

  • Blackney Hayes Architects Wins Award for Rowan/Glassboro Redevelopment Project

    Blackney Hayes is the proud recipient of the New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects award for our Rowan Boulevard Redevelopment project, designed by Kevin Blackney.  This award highlights innovative, pioneering and landmark construction initiatives that positively impact the state of New Jersey’s economic growth.

  • Ground Breaking on 76 New Apartments in Wilmington

    Article published in "Town Square Delaware"

    Ground breaking took place last week on three historic buildings along Market Street in Wilmington that will be repurposed for 76 new apartment units. The Buccini/Pollin Group and BPGS Construction “broke ground” at 838 Market Street on Thursday to kick off the development effort, which city managers hope will help revitalize the downtown area. The Market Street Village project –near the DCCA and the Grand Opera House — is welcome news to public officials and the residents who will inhabit the unique residences, which were designed by Blackney Hayes Architects. Most apartments have already been claimed by charter school educators, and the City hopes these young professionals will help downtown Wilmington become a 24-hour vibrant community. The ceremony included a performance by the East Side Charter School String Ensemble.

  • Kevin Blackney honored with Mary S. Irick Drexel Award

    Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies has selected Blackney Hayes principal and Drexel alumnus, Kevin R. Blackney, AIA, as the 2014 recipient of the University’s prestigious Mary S. Irick Drexel Award.

  • NJBIA 2014 New Good Neighbor Award

    Blackney Hayes Architects is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Business & Industry Association has named 225 Rowan Boulevard a 2014 Good Neighbor. The award recognizes the best and most exciting development projects in the state of New Jersey. Selection criteria are based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit and community involvement. 225 Rowan Boulevard is a five-story, mixed-use building that houses Rowan University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education, retail space and parking garage.

  • John Fox Hayes Honored

    Blackney Hayes Architects congratulates founding principal John Fox Hayes, FAIA, on his receipt of the 2013 Thomas U. Walter award. This award is presented annually by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects to a current member of the architectural profession, and is intended to recognize his or her contributions to the architectural community through service to the AIA and other related professional organizations. The award honors Philadelphia architect Thomas Ustick Walter, one of founding members of the AIA. His most noteworthy project was the design of the central dome and the flanking chambers for the Senate and House or Representatives at the United States Capitol in 1850. Walter served as the Capitol architect from 1850 until 1865, and is considered by many to have been a dean of American architecture.

  • AIM Academy in Montco Uses ’Live it and Learn it’ Approach

    Article published in "Philly.com"

    With a password and secret hand signal, all who enter Tom Waitzman’s classroom gain passage to the Middle Ages.
    Once inside, Max Lentz, dressed in a white cloak, no longer is a fourth grader at the AIM Academy in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, but “William, duke of Normandy.” Sitting nearby are classmates “Charlemagne, king of the Franks,” and “Eric the Red.”

    “Why are the Vikings leaving Scandinavia?” asked Waitzman, whose classroom incarnation is “Merlin the wise.”
    “Overpopulation,” Max, 10, said. “Good word,” Waitzman told him.

    Waitzman’s lesson – and its theatrical trappings – is no one-time exercise. It is part of an intricate methodology to educate students with dyslexia and other learning challenges.

  • “Mercy Health Ambulatory Center “A one stop shop for health and wellness.”

    Article Published in The Philadelphia Business Journal

    Carol Fluegge, Mercy Suburban Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, likes the hardwood floors and artwork in the medical center’s new ambulatory-care facility opening next month at the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

    Perhaps her favorite features are inspirational quotes from Sister Catherine McAuley,the founder of the Mercy Health System, sprinkled throughout the walls of the center.

    Fluegge said Mercy Suburban’s goal in designing the mall health center was to create a place that was vibrant and sophisticated. Mercy Health System, the East Norriton, PA., hospital’s parent company, hired Blackney Hayes Architects of Philadelphia to design the center and TN Ward of Ardmore, PA., to build it.

  • LEED Certified PHA Housing Coming Along in North Philadelphia

    Article Published in "Naked Philly"

    As we reported back in April, PHA is constructing fifty-one new units on the 2000 block of N. 11th St., which are replacing the demolished Norris Apartments high-rise, a 179-unit building originally constructed in the 1950′s. The new Norris Apartments are located a block from the North Philadelphia Septa station, right next door to the Temple’s soon-to-be-built Diamond Green complex, which we wrote about last week. In the past six months, construction has been ongoing and it appears to be on target for the originally anticipated Spring completion date.

  • Creating a Cozy Dining Experience at Villanova’s Dougherty Hall

    The renovation of Dougherty Hall at Villanova University was a fast tracked project designed and documented in a short period and on a tight budget. The 11,200 SF dining hall was original to the building, dating from 1964, and serves as the main dining hall for the university, seating 620 students.

  • BHA at Ocean County College

    Blackney Hayes Architects has been commissioned to design the “New Gateway Academic Building” at Ocean County College.

  • Blackney Hayes Architects reinvents the 1400 Block of the Atlantic City Boardwalk

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The entire 1400 block of the Atlantic City Boardwalk will soon boast a new image. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) selected Blackney Hayes Architects to reinvent the 1400 block, starting after “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” The CRDA is looking to create an ambiance that reflects the shore destination in its prime and had invested over $100 million dollars in redesigning the boardwalk facades.

  • Blackney Hayes Architects Breaks Ground Today on Bernice Elza Homes – Energy Efficient Affordable Houses For Homeless Teen Mothers

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Bernice Elza Homes, a 6,500 SF innovative affordable housing initiative designed by UPenn students, begins construction today. This collaborative project between the students, the architects, and the community will take affordable housing to a new level by incorporating sustainable design techniques.

  • Blackney Hayes Architects Wins ‘Architect of the Year’ Award

    PHILADELPHIA- For the second time, Blackney Hayes Architects has been recognized by the Subcontractors Association of Delaware Valley (SADV) with an Architect of the Year Award. The award ceremony was held on Saturday, November 11, 2005 6:00-11:00 p.m. at the Old York Road Country Club, 301 Tennis Ave, Spring House, PA.

  • Penn Students Design Energy Efficient Affordable Houses For Homeless Teen Mothers

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – “ The Bernice Elza Homes project is taking affordable housing to a new level by incorporating sustainable design techniques. Richard Wesley and Ali Malkawi, faculty in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, in collaboration with John Fox Hayes, Principal at Blackney Hayes Architects (BHA), led a team of Penn undergraduate students in pioneering this new concept in conjunction with the HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) and the Peoples Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC).
    Bernice Elza Homes, located in West Philadelphia, will provide low-cost housing for formerly homeless teen mothers and their children. The PECCDC, the developer of the project, also envisions an on-site case management office to coordinate services for the families as they move toward independence.