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Coscia Moos Architecture wins AIA Philadelphia Merit Award

Our project, Hamilton Court Amenities Building, has won an AIA Philadelphia Merit Award in the Unbuilt Category.

Post Brothers Apartments wanted to build an amenities building for Hamilton Court and requested a glass box with a pool on the roof. In response, we envisioned a different concept and fashioned clay models of an angular, sculptural building. Several design iterations produced multiple, angled planes over a rectangular base. The design team lightened the massing by encasing the form in glass and metal.

The final design is a two-story, 8,500sf building. The ground floor has two, street-facing retail spaces. A 2,500sf gym for tenants is located on the second level, along with an outdoor swimming pool. A sun deck is located on the roof, overlooking the pool. Hamilton Court residents can access the gym and terraces using a staircase or elevator.

The building-streetscape interaction is a critical component of the design. The two retail spaces are enclosed in a glazed curtain wall that wraps around three sides of the building. The curtain wall stretches to the second floor, and a perforated aluminum screen veils this level. To the west, the glass panes are set vertically. To the east, horizontal glass panes are framed by deep horizontal mullions and display views of the courtyard and residential housing. At strategic points, the screen is cut back to allow views of the interior and out to the street. At night, the screen is lit, allowing the interior to glow.

Conventional columns have been removed from the street level. The second floor rests on 4 V-shaped pipe columns, contrasting against the masonry mass of the pool. The screen rests delicately on the roof, tied back on stainless steel struts connected though integral clips to the curtain wall vertical mullions. A shift in the geometry of the screen allows for stairway passage between the glazed curtain wall, screen, and steel structure.

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Aqimero Opens at the Ritz-Carlton

In conjunction with LW Design of Dubai, Coscia Moos Architecture was hired by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia to renovate their lobby restaurant into Aqimero, a Richard Sandoval restaurant. The restaurant is located in the iconic marble lobby, which is modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The design challenge was to maintain the historicity of the space while updating it for Chef Sandoval’s show kitchen. A wood-burning grill is housed behind glass and visible from most seats in the restaurant. Aqimero officially opens on June 23, 2016.

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Coscia Moos Architecture Commissioned to Design Addition to Rutgers University's Braun Laboratory

Rutgers University has commissioned Coscia Moos Architecture to design an addition to the Braun Laboratory, part of the Waksman Institute for Microbiology. The Institute, located at the Busch campus in Piscataway, New Jersey, continues to expand its research program, requiring additional space.

Rutgers University wants to limit the impact of construction on lower floors for reasons of ongoing research. In response, Coscia Moos Architecture devised an innovative construction plan. The first and second floors of the Braun Laboratory will be shut down for eight weeks while the floor slab, framing, and building systems are constructed. The interior fit-out, exterior cladding, and roof will be built after the lower floors reopen.

This project is currently in design.

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Coscia Moos Architecture Adds Director of Retail

Coscia Moos Architecture is pleased to announce Anne Wertz has recently joined their firm as Director of Retail.

Ms. Wertz has been responsible for management, design and development of retail projects at all levels. She brings over 25 years of experience managing projects ranging from multi-store retail roll-out programs to award-winning, large scale, complex, historic reuse projects. Her projects have mostly been located in the mid-Atlantic region and New York City area. Her portfolio includes work for Starbucks Coffee, TD Bank, Urban Outfitters, and Copeland & Laird International Corporation.

Prior to joining Coscia Moos Architecture, Ms. Wertz worked as a Project Manager for H2L2 Architects & Planners and, before that, as the Navy Yard Campus Operations Manager to spearhead the design and construction of the Urban Outfitters Worldwide Headquarters. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Consistently recognized as an industry leader, Coscia Moos Architecture provides design solutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.

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"Hot Neighborhood": ULI Spring Tour

Our principals, David and Sergio, are leading a tour for the ULI Spring 2016 conference.

Participants in this tour will experience four of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods in different stages of development, which is being driven to a great extent by the boom in the city’s millennial population, the largest increase seen in any major city since 2006. Tour participants will walk through the city’s burgeoning buildings and neighborhoods and meet local business leaders and developers to see how they are encouraging an increase in the number of urban residents in the city.

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New Office Suite in Drexel University's Innovation Neighborhood

We designed a shared office suite in Drexel University's Innovation Neighborhood. The open office space will house three companies in the life-science and medical-device industries.

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Jack Kemp Award Finalist

Our project, Chambers Lofts, has been nominated as a finalist for the ULI Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. The developers and architects must create or contribute to the creation of mixed-income housing that serves households at or below 120% of the area median income.

Please see the link for more information about the nomination or visit our project page for more information about Chambers Lofts.

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Coscia Moos featured in SNAP - a product resource magazine

Daylighting and Sun control

Coscia Moos shares lighting expertise. At 1148 Wharton Street, a South Philadelphia school-turned-apartment building offers renters a trendy amenity in urban real estate: the green roof.

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The Vista Center: Free Yourself of Electric Light

Day lighting design

Video interview on the Vista Center's daylighting design with Sergio Coscia, AIA, Principal of Coscia Moos Architecture in Philadelphia, PA.

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Coscia Moos client Leo Addimando calls his South Philadelphia building a model of working with neighbors on a redevelopment

At 1148 Wharton Street, a South Philadelphia school-turned-apartment building offers renters a trendy amenity in urban real estate: the green roof.

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COSCIA MOOS ARCHITECTURE COMMISSIONED TO DESIGN RENOVATIONS FOR ACADEMY HOUSE

Prominent Philadelphia landmark to get a facelift!

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Coscia Moos Architecture Adds More Talent

The firm announces new hire

Philadelphia, PA Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Coscia Moos Architecture is pleased to announce Monica Russell has recently joined their design team as a Project Manager.

Ms. Russell has been responsible for management, design and development of projects at all levels. She comes to Coscia Moos having successfully managed multiple concurrent projects and maintains relationships between clients, consultants and general contractors.

Prior to joining Coscia Moos Architecture, Ms. Russell worked as a Project Manager/Associate for MulvannyG2 Architecture for five years. She graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois.

"The expansion of our team further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our clients," noted David Moos, Principal of Coscia Moos Architecture. "Monica comes to Coscia Moos with extensive experience in Project Management that will greatly benefit our clients," he continued.

Consistently recognized as an industry leader, Coscia Moos Architecture provides design solutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic and North East region.

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Coscia Moos Architecture Commissioned to Design Renovations for Academy House

Prominent Philadelphia landmark to get a facelift

Philadelphia, PA – Thursday, March 20, 2014 – The Academy House, a 37-story condominium constructed in the late 1970's will begin Phase One of a wide initiative to update the dramatic arcade and lobby.

This building, located at 1420 Locust Street – the heart of the Arts District – was the first in Philadelphia designed as a condominium. Coscia Moos Architecture has been hired to design the renovations to this notable project.

The design will include improvements to the arcade and lobby areas, new signage, landscaped elements, new exterior lighting, a building envelope study including changes to the existing masonry, window and door systems as well as relocation of the existing commercial and residential entrances.

"We are thrilled to be working on such a prominent landmark," stated Sergio Coscia, Principal at Coscia Moos Architecture. "This project comes with a lot of history and tremendous possibilities," he continued. The first phase studies are currently underway with a completion date scheduled for February 2015.