Green Federal Building Restack project wins Merit Award from AIA Philadelphia

Green Federal Building Conference Center renovation.
Green Federal Building Conference Center renovation.

The Restack project at the William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently received a Merit Award from the AIA Philadelphia for selective aspects of high design. This project will renovate over 540,000 rentable square feet of office space to meet current tenant agency requirements and to minimize operational inefficiencies. The project will improve the building’s overall utilization by restacking tenants throughout the building and recapturing additional usable space.

AIA Philadelphia is a membership association of over 1,800 architects, 250+ architecture firms, and 175+ allied members, which are companies that partner with architects on various aspects of a project. The organization is the second oldest AIA chapter in the United States and has built a strong legacy of advocacy, design excellence and community service.

This year’s selection jury gave high praise to the project's design. “The project is a great example of how to address the future of Workplace Culture within existing buildings of this scale, especially for attracting and retaining the next generation of workers. A complex program that includes a building within a building is redefined as a series of interconnected collaborative spaces that opens the office towards the exterior and allows daylight into the core of the building while maintaining autonomous neighborhoods within. The jury acknowledged the clarity of the circulation paths and the gathering spaces curated within previously vacant and non-usable spaces.”

Lobby renovations including the Art in Architecture mural "Fruit of the Spirit."
Lobby renovations including the Art in Architecture mural "The Fruit of the Spirit."

The project was evaluated on the following areas: enhancing public service, reorganize/consolidate, reorganize/modernize, reclaim light and space, revitalize public image, refresh social interactions and refresh work wellness.

Construction is progressing upward floor by floor throughout the building and currently is occurring on the seventh and eighth floors of this ten-floor facility. Improvements to the lobby, conference center, base building infrastructure and various tenant spaces have already been completed. Construction is expected to be completed at the end of 2024.

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Last Reviewed: 2023-01-12